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, 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 routines.
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.”
From the survey, 64% of BCAM doctors reported treating other practitioners’ Botox issues, with 77% reported treating other practitioners’ Dermal Filler complications, Of that, 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.
“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.”