Many patients are still frightened about lip fillers, and I often get asked about Leslie Ash even after all these years. Leslie Ash, well known for her roles in the sitcom ‘Men Behaving Badly’ opted to have lip implants back in 2002. Leslie Ash In a two-part film by ITV’s This Morning’, in September 2015, Leslie Ash opened up about her cosmetic surgery, stating that she did “not do her homework”. Following her procedure, Leslie Ash has been the face of many an anti-surgery campaign, shaming her for her infamous ‘trout pout’. The TV show surveyed a group of 2,000 men and women, highlighting that: 1 in 10 women are considering cosmetic procedures 35 percent of women stated they had already undergone a cosmetic procedure between the ages of 18 and 24 1 in 3 said they would consider going abroad for their surgery. What can we learn from this? It is a little-known fact that, in the UK, the cosmetic industry is largely unregulated, which means that anyone can perform cosmetic treatments on the public. This is a core issue that has served to mar the industry’s reputation, causing distrust and dissatisfaction with results. While the government-run CQC (Care Quality Commission) carries out routine checks and inspections on registered practices, ensuring they meet their strict codes of conduct, it is not compulsory for every practice, clinic and salon to register with them in order to treat patients. Avoid cheap deals Voucher sites, such as Wowcher and Groupon, host deals from medics and non-medics. The reality is that if they are offering treatments at bargain prices, there is usually something that is compromised. The costs of surgeries and treatments should factor in the price of the product and consumables, the staff and skill of the practitioner and the time it takes to carry out the procedure. Discounted procedures – at home or abroad – do not necessarily mean you are getting a good deal for your money. Some practices cram in up to ten surgical procedures a day. They tend to botch the job and disappear after surgery, especially if they have come over just to perform treatment. This effectively means patients can do nothing for compensation or reimbursement. Choose the right practitioner For any cosmetic procedure, you should always choose a medically-trained and fully-qualified practitioner – and one who works full time in the industry not one who performs treatments as a sideline. Pure Perfection Team Our Nurse Practitioner Sara Cheeney RGN is a registered Nurse Independent Prescriber (NIP). She has a BN Hons in Nursing and a V300 Prescribing Qualification, as well as over 8 years experience in the aesthetics industry. Sara and her team have all undertaken extensive and specialised training to make sure the procedures at Pure Perfection Clinic are safe, achieve desired results, and offer patients a first-class treatment experience. Click here for more about the team at Pure Perfection. Click here to contact us for more information about Pure Perfection.