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Press Release July 31st 2019 – Aesthetic Medicine ‘overwhelmingly a young & female issue reveals our latest survey of Aesthetic Doctors & Dentists


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British College of Aesthetic Medicine, London, UK, 23rd July 2019

Aesthetic Medicine ‘overwhelmingly a young and female issue’ reveals latest survey of Aesthetic Doctors and Dentists

Latest data from the British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) reveals an overwhelming 88% of patients seen by aesthetic doctors and dentists in the last 12 months are female, with 21% of women patients less than 35 years of age. Most popular patient treatment choices are Botulinum Toxin (Botox)®, Dermal Fillers and Laser treatments.

This pooled data represents analysis of more than 225,000 individual treatment episodes reported by 270 medically qualified Aesthetic practitioners over the last year.
The survey results support the findings of market research company, Mintel, that 46% of Britons now believe non-surgical procedures are increasingly becoming a part of everyday beauty rou-tines.
Mr Greg White, Chief Executive of the British College of Aesthetic Medicine, said:

“The good news is women clearly feel confidence in accessing treatment from BCAM members, all trained medical professionals specialising in Aesthetic Medicine. Especially so since our field is still open to non-medical practitioners as well, with their tangle of professional registers and standards.

“Interestingly we are pleased to hear that many patients are especially seeking the help of our BCAM registered Doctors and Dentists for advice and treatment of complications made by practi-tioners outside BCAM.”

* 64% of BCAM doctors reported treating other practitioners’ Botox issues
* 77% reported treating other practitioners’ Dermal Filler complications
* 25% of respondents reported treating laser/IPL problems and 25% thread lift problems
White added: “Patient safety is paramount. Our survey identifies serious issues which need to be addressed, ideally through tighter regulation. But equally important must be what the survey says about the pressures of body image issues on young people, in particular young women.

‘Take the TV programme Love Island – a show which has been accused of planting “unrealistic” beauty standards upon young viewers. I support the Head of the NHS, Simon Stevens, in his recent comments that the NHS should not have to pick up the pieces of a mental illness crisis amongst young people as a result of body image pressure.’”

Dr Uliana Gout, BCAM Board and Director of PR & Media commented:

“We are proud to release our annual BCAM Survey – one of the handful of global surveys focusing on our industry – highlighting the latest trends within the UK Aesthetic Medicine arena. We hope this information will guide the evolution of this specialty and provide invaluable information both to the industry and patients alike.”

Dr Paul Myers, BCAM Board and BCAM Appraisal Clinical Lead, added:

“This is now the sixth consecutive annual report we have provided and is the most comprehensive review of aesthetic work provided by our members, representing more than 225,000 individual treatment episodes in the last year.
We are developing a significant database covering the range of treatments our members provide and crucially the adverse event rates which remain reassuringly low. Continuous monitoring of our work clearly has an important bearing on safety and provides scientific based reassurance to pa-tients who use the services of BCAM members.”

NOTES TO EDITORS:
British College of Aesthetic Medicine (BCAM) – Shorne Clinic, Crown Lane, Shorne, Kent DA12 3DY T: 01474 823900.

Dr Uliana Gout, Director, BCAM, uliana.gout@bcam.ac.uk 0207 6375999
Mr Greg White, Chief Executive, BCAM greg.white@bcam.ac.uk 07708 249602
Dr Paul Myers, BCAM Board, paul.myers@bcam.ac.uk

The British College of Aesthetic Medicine represents 400 UK and international Aesthetics doctors and dentists whose mission is to help make aesthetic medicine safer, more ethical and more ac-cessible to the general public.