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Does Non-Surgical mean non-medical?

Does Non-Surgical mean non-medical?

Over the years we have seen the rapid growth in cosmetic treatments. This growth has been more pronounced for non-surgical treatments, such as dermal fillers, Botox or the use of laser or intense pulsed light (IPL). However, the existing regulatory framework has not kept pace with changes and it does not provide enough protection against many of the potential risks from cosmetic procedures.

The soaring popularity of non-surgical treatments has led to the mushrooming of non-skilled practitioners. These practitioners operate from unequipped facilities, often using unsafe products and enticing vulnerable customers through financial incentives and reckless promises. The results are unsurprisingly unhealthy and often painful.

The issues were highlighted aptly by Department of Health’s review of the sector chaired by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh in 2013. The report summarised that a person having a non-surgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection and redress than someone buying a ballpoint pen or a toothbrush.

This month, the issues hit the headlines again. Tory MP, Alberto Costa raised the issue of regulation in the House of Commons following a complaint by one of his constituents who experienced horrific side-effects as a result of a poorly administered treatment. The impact has been a collective review of the industry, with stricter guidelines now being recommended to enhance safety within the sector.

Consider this – a survey carried out for ITV News found that lip filler errors made up almost 70% of all corrective work and 47% of procedures that led to complaints were carried out by beauticians. Fillers can have an amazing effect, giving you the look you crave and enhancing your confidence in one step, but only if they are administered correctly! What you may not know is that dermal fillers are not prescription items and, as a result, are not tightly regulated. This means that non-medical practitioners like beauticians can set themselves up as a practitioner to inject, with no requirement for knowledge, training or previous experience. Nor are there sufficient checks in place with regard to product quality – most dermal fillers have no more controls than a bottle of floor cleaner.

However, here at NowMe we are on a quest to spread the word that, just because a treatment is non-surgical, it doesn’t mean anyone has the skill to administer it! We want to help consumers make the informed choice that’s right for them when it comes to cosmetic treatments, but one element of this choice that must never be overlooked is the need to have a fully qualified and vetted medical professional carry out your treatment, be it surgical treatment such as breast augmentation or liposuction, or non-surgical treatment such as Botox or filler.

We founded NowMe with the single purpose of empowering people to feel physically and mentally complete through the power of cosmetic treatments while keeping your safety a top priority. That’s why our directory of consultants only includes the very best General Medical Council (GMC) registered doctors, who are best equipped to assess your suitability for treatment. Our partner doctors operate from well-equipped facilities which ensures that you also receive the best supporting care from other specialists involved and complications (if any) are dealt with in the right manner.

We strongly believe that non-surgical doesn’t mean non-medical. Remember, whilst you may not be going into an operating room, this is a treatment that is going to change your appearance for some time, a treatment that can have side-effects and it’s essential the person carrying out the procedure has a deep understanding of anatomy. Never put yourself in the hands of someone who hasn’t been medically trained!

By opting for a qualified and respected doctor to carry out your treatment, you can be rest assured that you will have your treatment in the best way to achieve the outcome that’s right for you. So head out to app.nowme.co.uk/doctors to check out our directory and begin your journey by finding a vetted doctor near you.

Things to consider for Medical Tourism

Things to consider for Medical Tourism

Medical tourism is a growing phenomenon. For those seeking cosmetic treatments, jetting off to a sunnier climate to undergo procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck, rhinoplasty and liposuction, often at cheaper prices, can seem all too tempting. Cheaper pricing, the surgery you want and a tan? It all sounds too good to be true doesn’t it? Well, more often than not, it may well be!

We have compiled four key factors you should consider when choosing to opt for cosmetic surgery abroad …

  1. Post Treatment Complications: No procedure is risk free and it’s important that you consider that there is always a chance of complications arising. When you see a surgeon in the UK your treatment includes aftercare and face-to-face consultations post procedure with the specialist who operated on you. This means that your recovery is monitored – any issues can be treated and any concerns can be reassured. By contrast, if your clinic is overseas then it’s highly unlikely you will see your surgeon again. Some clinics will have a rep here in the UK you can consult, but often this is a nurse, not a specialist, who knows nothing about your personal surgery. Bear in mind that cosmetic treatments are not a quick fix and the recovery process can take months.
  2. Differentiated Regulations: It is critical to ensure your surgeon is adequately qualified, trained and experienced in performing the procedure you are considering. Equally vital is to ensure they operate out of a certified clinic or hospital. However, different countries use different quality and safety standards, so it can be difficult to navigate and ensure your surgeon’s credentials and their facility’s adequacy. Remember photos can be misleading, if a clinic abroad sends you glossy images of their facilities there is no guarantee that you will find the same visual on arrival. If you do consider surgery abroad then it’s paramount that you see the facilities in person and also research your surgeon in depth to ensure you are in capable hands.
  3. Costs Can Escalate: The low cost of surgery abroad is often the key factor in the decision to fly for a treatment. However, whilst the initial procedure may be cheaper, you need to bear in mind that, should something go wrong, the costs could shoot up! If you have a complication and need to fly back for corrective surgery you’ll be blowing your budget in no time. Flights, hotel stay and further consultations – the money can easily mount. Whilst the NHS will treat any severe health complications you experience for free here in the UK, they won’t fix or correct cosmetic mistakes or issues. Often those who experience complications will have to pay for a UK based surgeon to fix the problems, meaning you end up paying twice.
  4. Travelling Could Increase Risk: When you undergo an operation your body can be at an increased risk of developing deep vein thrombosis (commonly known as a blood clot). Flying too soon after an operation can heighten this risk even further putting you in significant danger, as these clots can move around the body and can be life threatening. If you are undergoing major surgery then it is advisable to wait at least seven days before you fly back. This is important to consider as often the ‘recovery package’ of these oversees surgeons only includes an overnight stay. Having to move to a hotel nearby with no supervision is daunting when you have just undergone surgery. Many patients would rather be in their own homes where they feel safe and secure, ensuring the recovery is smoother and less stressful.

Choosing to have cosmetic surgery abroad demands careful planning and decision making. If you have chosen to travel to another country for cosmetic surgery, we encourage you to do your research and validate your choice against the factors cited above.

Of course a safer choice ensuring enhanced peace of mind is finding a GMC certified Plastic Surgeon here in the UK. Head on to NowMe.co.uk, which provides you a safe and secured environment to find everything about the treatment you desire and the right practitioner for you.

Cosmetic Treatment Trends To Make Impact in 2019

Cosmetic Treatment Trends To Make Impact in 2019

Whether it’s a non-surgical treatment like botox or fillers, or surgical procedures like breast augmentation, tummy tuck or liposuction, cosmetic treatments are on the rise. 2018 has been an eventful year and as we kick off 2019, we take a look at the trends experts are touting as the ‘ones to watch’.

Safety Is Cool

Whether it was the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) warning on vaginal rejuvenation devices, the Dr Bumbum fiasco with the Brazilian Butt Lift or Allergan’s withdrawal of textured breast implants, 2018 saw safety take centre stage in the beauty debate. People realised how critical it is to find a trusted source for clear, independent and unbiased information, and a qualified and experienced medical practitioner for the treatment they seek. 2019 will see safety becoming a priority for patients.

Conversations Get Candid

2018 saw an increase in honesty around cosmetic treatments bringing a level of inclusivity that hasn’t been seen before. Many celebrities spoke out about their experiences with cosmetic treatments, helping to reduce stigma and shed light on how they maintain their appearance and boost their confidence. As a result, cosmetic treatments and wanting them is becoming less elite and more accessible. This isn’t a move to make cosmetic procedures more mainstream, but more about women feeing empowered to go for the change they want and to own their decision. As we move into 2019, we anticipate this open dialogue about the power of cosmetic treatments to increase, with more and more celebrities, influencers and general consumers expected to be increasingly vocal about their own experiences, which will further help  drive the discussion.

Small Is Beautiful

Another interesting trend is towards patients wanting more natural results that enhance their looks rather than redefining them. This desire for subtle edits, rather than a complete transformation can be seen in the rise of smaller breast implants and fat transfer treatments for breast enhancement which are swiftly replacing larger, more obvious implant procedures. The advantages aren’t just related to aesthetics – there are some additional benefits such as active lifestyles, less risky (lower complications and quick recovery) and long term practicality.

Celebrity Lookalikes Are Out

Whilst requests for celebrity features still occur, people are increasingly opting to look like enhanced versions of themselves, as opposed to craving the look of a famous person. This is facilitated largely by technology solutions like apps and filters, which allow the individual to alter their own pictures. While solutions which facilitate face editing are abundant – from removing blemishes to smoothing the nose, there are less that facilitate editing other body parts in detail e.g. altering the breast size and shape. This editing option is expected to get further revolutionised in 2019, as new technologies enter the market such as NowMe’s visualiser. Discovering what you could look like is set to be transformed, and this will no doubt further impact the look consumers are trying to achieve.

Spoilt For Choice

The cosmetic treatment market is expected to bring a spate of new products such as smart breast implants enhancing traceability and safety, and new botulinum toxins bringing increased competition into the neuromodulator market. Some of these innovations will hit the market in 2019, enhancing the customer experience and making cosmetic treatments more accessible to a wider audience.

So, if you’re looking to make a change in 2019, then head to NowMe, your best friend for cosmetic treatments – whether you are looking for the information you need to make the right decision for you or want to find a qualified practitioner who can help you achieve the look you want and the confidence boost that comes with it.

Why so much noise around cosmetic treatments?

Why so much noise around cosmetic treatments?

Cosmetic treatments can have a profound impact on health and wellbeing, helping individuals to feel physically and mentally complete, often for the first time in their lives. However, there has always been a cloud of criticism that falls on those who choose to undergo these treatments. Vanity and self-obsessed are two terms that regularly get thrown around.

We believe that there has been too much noise, for too long in the sector. In reality, there are strong fundamental factors driving the demand for these treatments. Here are just a few to consider

  1. Ageing – whilst we all want to grow old gracefully, we all age at different rates and for those of us experiencing premature signs that make us appear older than we are, it can be deeply impactful on our confidence levels. The person we see isn’t the person we feel, and that disconnect can make us want to hide away. Not to mention, we are living longer than ever and want to make the most of our lives in that time. Looking and feeling our best for as long as possible plays into this.
  2. Trauma and Disease – with conditions like breast cancer now affecting more than 1 in 8 women, the demand for cosmetic treatment to restore the body following disease is on the rise. With advances in modern medicine, more of us are surviving these once life-threatening conditions. However, we want to do more than just survive, we want to thrive, and with that comes wanting our bodies back to how they were before illness took over. Cosmetic treatments can play a huge role in helping to restore the confidence we once had, helping to heal both the physical and emotional scars for the better.
  3. Birth Defects – no matter how big or small, being born with something that isn’t considered the ‘norm’ can really impact the way we feel about ourselves. Whilst we are all special and unique in our own way, there is no doubt that cosmetic treatments can help take away the anxiety that comes with being born with something medically different to others.
  4. Pregnancy – bringing life into the world is a beautiful and rewarding process, but the impact carrying a baby, and the birth process, can have on the body often leaves many women stressed, during a time that should be a happy one. Whilst being a mum is now a huge part of their identity, they still want to hold on to other aspects of their self and cosmetic treatments can help to do this. By giving them back the body they crave, they can feel happier in their own skin and this happiness ultimately benefits everyone around them.
  5. Self-esteem – this reason naturally underpins every decision. Ultimately, when we dislike the way we look, our confidence and self-esteem plummets. It makes us want to pull out and stops us from living our lives to their true potential. Cosmetic treatments can help us become the person on the outside that we always felt on the inside, and matching those identities naturally delivers a higher level of confidence and happiness.

These are just some of the reasons that drive the demand for cosmetic treatments. We believe that every story is unique and every story is valid. Whatever the reason, getting cosmetic treatment is a personal choice. Wanting to feel your best can only be commended and we applaud those who choose to put themselves first and give themselves the confidence boost they need. Not for anyone else, but just for them!