LIVERPOOL dentist Dr Tracey Bell is on a mission to ensure the industry is better regulated and patients better educated regarding the risks associated with facial fillers.
Her plan comes as reported cases of patients who have been left permanently disfigured following botched ‘beauty treatments’ on the UK high-street are on the rise.
An important part of Dr Bell’s mission to raise standards has involved providing education and training to those working in aesthetics, both within her own clinics and beyond, and she is now working with Salford University (in partnership with the ICE Postgraduate Dental Institute and Hospital) to introduce a new PG Cert in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics.
Dr Bell said: “I had recently returned to the educational framework, having completed an MA in Dental Law & Ethics, with a Dissertation based on the regulation of injectables in the UK, not only enhancing my overall knowledge of aesthetics throughout the world, but confirming that the UK was one of the worst regulated countries for aesthetics in the world. To me that meant patients were and continue to be at risk. Throughout my research, I spoke to various regulatory bodies including the JCCP (the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners). I am now a trustee on the JCCP, which aims to regulate aesthetic treatments.”
Salford University approached Dr Bell via Professor Cemal Ucer (a leading authority in the world of dentistry) in 2018 and together they have formulated the new course in Non-Surgical Facial Aesthetics.
Dr Bell added: “Professor Ucer was my tutor some 20 years ago and was a fantastic one, so it was a natural progression to work together on delivering this course. I had no hesitation in accepting and it’s an honour to take on the role of Team Lead.”
The course will enable students to enhance their knowledge in Botulinum toxin, fillers and facial aesthetics whilst also being able to demonstrate their level of practical and clinical understanding of these treatments. It will be heavily practical and successful students will obtain 60 credits at level 7 from Salford University.
The course will be delivered over two semesters and will ensure that the practitioner is proficient, skilled, knowledgeable and has met industry and academic standards. It is built around those who are either new or experienced in aesthetics.