Aesthetic nurses launch campaign to stop therapists injecting fillers

Aesthetic nurses put forth an emergency motion condemning the injection of Botox and dermal fillers by non-health professionals such as beauty therapists and hairdressers at the National Aesthetic Nursing Conference on Friday, January 20.

The conference took place at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool, where aesthetics nurses, for the first time, debated a motion that they have “no confidence in the present situation in the UK, whereby non-health groups are providing facial cosmetic injectable medicines, commonly referred to as Botox and fillers”.

Cheryl Barton, aesthetic nurse, managing director of Aesthetika in Sheffield, and consultant editor of the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing, which organised the event, said: “This practice doesn't happen in any other country in Europe, US, Canada or Australia and until there is evidence that the training is adequate and the public are safe, we would suggest that those considering these types of treatments first consult with a doctor, dentist or registered nurse.”

“We have no confidence in the training supervision mentoring offered by non-health groups. We do not agree that Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) registration of graduate-trained nurses can be compared in any way with a voluntary scheme for untrained or barely trained beauticians and urge that those comparisons cease,” she added.

Barton is also urging that prescribers cease providing prescriptions for beauty therapists.