Planning Alternative Paths While Working For The NHS

The big question people ask when considering alternative career paths for doctors and nurses still working for the NHS is, “how do you divide your time between your NHS job, your new career, and family time?

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Getting Into Aesthetic Medicine As A Prescribing Nurse

Faculty ambassador and clinical mentor Natalie Haswell discusses her journey into Aesthetic Medicine as a prescribing nurse.

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Sun protection is essential to prevent skin cancer and premature ageing

Summer may be coming to an end this month, but the skin is exposed to ultraviolet radiation all year round. Patient education is key to individuals taking the most effective measures to protect their skin from damage and reduce the risk of developing skin cancer. Natalie Haswell outlines who is at risk, recommends ways to stay safe in the sun and explores whether once-daily sunscreens work

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The four ethical principles and their application in aesthetic practice

As part of our Ethics in Aesthetics campaign, we asked for submissions on the topic of ethical practice in aesthetics. In this article, Natalie Haswell suggests that a lack of regulation in this sector enables a minority of practitioners to practice unethically, and explores some of the key ethical principles, explaining how they fit into the scope of aesthetic practice

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Understanding facial anatomy in aesthetic practice

In this article the author will explore the relevance and importance of knowing and understanding the facial anatomy, including what benefits this has to the patient and the injector. This article will detail why an in-depth knowledge of anatomy is important, specifically in relation to aesthetic medicine, botulinum toxin A and soft tissue filler injections. First and foremost, it is the medical injector's duty of care to have a deep knowledge and understanding of anatomy and physiology with regard to any medical procedure. Unfortunately, as well-known, cosmetic injectables are largely unregulated. The number of reports of ‘botched’ cosmetic procedures or even poor treatment and poor consumer service just keeps on rising (Save Face, 2019). This raises the question of why this is and why the complications becoming what seems to be more frequent and increasing in severity.

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Before and after photos-how valid are they and why don’t I post them anymore?

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) and the Committee of Advertising Practice (CAP) has always reminded practitioners that it is prohibited to use before and after images for prescription-only medicines (POMs) like botulinum toxin or ‘Botox’ in marketing. 

In fact, as we know, it’s prohibited in the UK to market POMs to the public at all, including vitamin and hay fever injections for example, unlike in the US.1 In January, this was reinforced after the CAP and the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) issued an Enforcement Notice to the beauty and cosmetic service industry due to minimal compliance from injectors.

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