All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dermatology

All You Need to Know About Cosmetic Dermatology

Friday, February 22, 2019

The UK beauty industry is one of the fastest growing sectors and cosmetics with the personal care market valued at around £10 billion according to Cosmetics Europe.

According to Global Data, this figure is predicted to rise to £26.7bn by 2022.

Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox are rising in popularity as Britons spend around £2.75bn a year on injectable treatments.

Product innovations, ingredients, social media and the quest for slowing down the effects of the ageing process are some of the factors driving the growth, with consumers dramatically increasing their annual spend on the latest lotions, potions, treatments and technology to enhance, refresh, perfect their appearance, reduce the visible signs of ageing and improve their confidence.

The cosmetics industry is science-led with a quarter of cosmetics improved or redeveloped in response to changes in consumer lifestyles and environmental issues. However, with these changes, new research and product launches come confusion. It can be a minefield navigating the latest trending ingredients and treatments on the shelves and in the clinics.

Consultant Dermatologist Dr Susan Mayou, who co-founded the British Cosmetic Dermatology Group, leads the expert dermatology team at the Cadogan Clinic. Recognised as a leader and an inspiration in the dermatology world, Dr Mayou explains all you need to know about cosmetic dermatology and gives an insight into some of the most effective, evidence-based treatments available.

Choosing a practitioner

There is a multitude of products and treatments designed to deliver various enhancing, rejuvenating and anti-ageing effects. It is advisable to seek professional advice from a medical expert in order to achieve optimum results tailored to your individual needs. It is also imperative that all individuals do thorough research before embarking on any injectable treatment such as Botox or dermal fillers to ensure the practitioner has both the qualifications and the experience to deliver the procedure. 

Below is a guideline of key questions to assist patients when researching a medical practitioner:

  • What are their qualifications?
  • How long have they been practising? (Also do your background research to validate)
  • Are they insured?
  • What is the type of product being used?
  • What are the effects of the product?
  • What are the risks associated with the product?
  • What are the possible side effects?
  • Is the product FDA approved?
  • How long will the effects of the treatment last?
  • What happens if I react to the product?
  • Is this the best treatment for me?
  • Are there any other treatments that would better help solve my concern?