Government targets unregulated procedures.

This is something we celebrate and wholly endorsed by Visage Academy. The Government has announced that it intends to introduce a licencing regime around non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Treatments such as Botox and dermal filler have been unregulated for a long time. 

At Visage Academy we have always taken responsibility for our trainees who are not doctors, dentists or nurses. They complete a complications management course during their training, we allow them unlimited access to Dr. Aicken following training and we have a forum for all our previous trainees to ask questions and advice as they embark – and continue – their careers. Licencing is an additional much-needed step in the industry and shows patient care is of the utmost importance in all procedures.

Health Secretary Sajid Javid said, “I am committed to protecting patient safety by making it an offense for someone to perform these cosmetic procedures without a licence.”

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The licencing will protect the public against botched procedures from unqualified practitioners and unregulated procedures. Poorly performed cosmetic procedures can leave patients suffering from mental and physical health problems and trauma. As a practitioner with over 14 years of experience, Dr. Aicken has consulted many people coming to him unhappy with results from other aesthetic injectors, or “fixing” results of botched injections or lumpy/ unsymmetrical toxin or filler. Complications can occur, as with any procedure, but a safe practitioner will know how to recognise and manage these – this is fundamental in our training at Visage Academy.

Introducing this licensing will implement consistent standards across the industry that all providers will have to meet; including patient care, hygiene, and safety standards of premises. Introducing a license for non-surgical cosmetic fillers is something that we will prepare our trainees for from all backgrounds, from medics and physios to beauty therapists. Scope and details of regulations to be determined via public consultation. You can read more here ( The Welsh and Scottish Government has plans to follow this proposal for procedures in the near future.

Dr. Aicken’s statement on licencing:

“At Visage Academy, we welcome this new regulation and we see it as a necessary step to protect our patients – and to protect our careers – moving forward.”

You may also be interested in our complications management course or our previous posts regarding complications (see below.) We will post more on the licencing when we have more information.