Who should be performing beauty procedures?

Monday, 18 February 2013

Who should be performing beauty procedures?As more of us join the quest for a perfect body and a flawless face, a growing number of salons and spas are offering cosmetic enhancement procedures, leading us to believe that these treatments are easy and free of risks or complications. But how can you really be sure you’re putting yourself in safe hands?

The simple answer is: do your homework before committing yourself. As well as the expertise to administer treatment, a therapist needs training in the basics of anatomy, physiology and dermatology. Any salon worth its salt will proudly display staff training certificates and salon qualifications; these include the local NVQ diploma in Beauty Therapy and the BTEC in Beauty Therapy Sciences, as well as the international CIDESCO, CIBTAC and ITEC diplomas in beauty therapy. The salon should be registered with the South African Association of Health and Skincare Professionals (SAAHSP), the Beauty Health and Skincare Employers Association (BHSEA), or the Afro Hairdressing and Beauty Association of South Africa (AHBEASA).

And ask questions. Are the machines new or at least properly disinfected? What procedures are in place to deal with an emergency? Is this device or treatment appropriate for my skin type? Have you performed this procedure before, and may I see your before and after photographs? Have you reviewed my medical history? What are the pain management strategies? And the follow-up options? Trust your intuition: don’t be afraid to walk away if it doesn’t feel right.

Don’t be tempted by bargain-basement prices; if you’re offered a treatment which costs significantly less than usual, you can assume it won’t be the best or safest. Don’t ever go to someone’s home, a shopping mall, or a hotel room to have a cosmetic procedure of any sort, and don’t buy such treatments off the internet.

Cosmetic procedures which involve injecting anything into your body should be performed only by or under the direct supervision of a doctor. Legally, non-medical personnel may not inject scheduled substances, nor even have such substances in their possession. If the doctor is to be supervising, make sure he or she will be on site throughout and immediately available to respond to any questions or problems that may occur while the procedure is being performed. Skin care therapists who use lasers of any sort should also be employed by a doctor or working in a doctor’s rooms, under direct supervision of a medical practitioner.

Any form of cosmetic surgery, even minor procedures, should be carried out only by a board-certified plastic surgeon who is registered as such with the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA) and is a member of the Association of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons of South Africa (APRSSA).

Before embarking on any cosmetic enhancement procedure, inform yourself thoroughly. Discuss the procedure in depth with your chosen professional, ask questions, find out exactly what devices or machines will be used, look at photographs of his or her previous work, and if possible talk to past patients or clients. The websites www.whatclinic.com and www.cosmeticweb.co.za offer comprehensive information on clinics and salons providing a range of cosmetic procedure options in your area, and could help you make the best – and safest – choice.

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Fiona Rom, freelance writer and editor, believes that beauty and wellness have much to do with your state of mind, and that a sense of humour is your best defence against almost any challenge the world throws at you. Fiona on Google

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  1. NaturalDiva

    And this is why we need to check out a place so carefully before going in for any kind of treatment.

    5 years ago •

  1. Zellikinz

    What people will do to make money ..

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    I do a lot of research before I visit any salons and beauty treatment centres, you just can’t take that chance.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lumkwana

    Ok this is too much of a customer to ask for, those people have their businesses that are different. You wouldn’t ask all these questions like” medical history”. But in overall this is really useful, I wuldnt have thought to ask some things from a salon. Helpful big time

    6 years ago •

  1. RoseAngel

    Had a bad facial a few years back. Sadly I haven’t had the nerve to ever try again. Maybe I’ll give it a try soon….. Either dream nails or placecol though they look very professional

    6 years ago •

  1. Linda

    Thanks for this article. Excellent advice.

    6 years ago •

  1. Carlene

    Good advice! Don’t be shy to ask for references from other clients – if the therapist is unwilling or unable to provide you with the information – walk away! (Most clients who are happy with the results of a cosmetic procedure would gladly recommend the services of their therapist).

    6 years ago •

  1. me

    People will say & do whatever to keep their business going, one has to probe, probe.

    6 years ago •

  1. Tarka

    There are many beauty therapists that claim to be trained and do the invasive treatments which they are not qualified to do. I think of the chemical peels, so many people have been burned by these and you find that the person that administered it, isnt qualified.

    6 years ago •

  1. kunene

    I have seen too many horror stories to know to be careful, research the clinic and the professional who will be administering your treatment

    6 years ago •

  1. Larissa B

    Great article, always get procedures done by a professional

    6 years ago •

  1. Hess

    Thank goodness I have a beauty therapist I’ve known years, but good info for future cosmetic work!

    6 years ago •

  1. SpiceY

    It’s scary to think what’s out there!!!!!!

    6 years ago •

  1. CindyR

    great article with some good advice.

    6 years ago •

  1. Livvy

    Thank you for the tips, will be investigating.

    6 years ago •

  1. Pseudo_kate

    Such a great article, we shouldn’t just walk into any place and assume that because they stock the right stuff, that they know how to do things.

    6 years ago •

  1. Harte-Joubert

    Such a good warning. I think sometimes we are enticed by lower prices. Good to check if there is certification!

    6 years ago •

  1. Azraa

    Great tips! Its important to check the credibility, you dont want your skin to get damaged by unqualified therapists.

    6 years ago •

  1. Lah

    Very interesting. I am busy with laser hair removal on my upper lip and LOVE my technician. She is brilliant.

    6 years ago •

  1. Leana

    DEFINITELY DO YOUR HOMEWORK. Cheaper is not better in this case.

    6 years ago •

  1. Chocolates

    Very informative article, I didn’t know this or think of it.

    6 years ago •

  1. Cupcake

    Very insightful article, it’s good to know what procedures should be followed when having a beauty treatment done, and By who it should be done.

    6 years ago •

  1. petina

    You should check out the person that’s going to do your beauty procedure ,, see that they have the expertise and qualifications to do these procedures. Check out all the necessary certificates to see if they are really qualified at that specific treatment, before doing any cosmetic procedures , seek professional help first.

    6 years ago •

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