The Dangers of Unlicenced Cosmetic Practitioners

11th Jun 2021
Lauren Marshall

The Dangers of Unlicenced Cosmetic Practitioners


Unlicenced beauty practitioners

The closing of beauty salons during the Covid-19 lockdown brought an influx in unlicenced practitioners and DIY cosmetic filler kits. This has resulted in thousands now suffering the consequences of practitioner’s lack of experience. Watermans Solicitors want to spread awareness of the dangers of using unlicenced cosmetic practitioners, and to highlight how Watermans can assist victims of botched procedures.

Last year saw income changes and prolonged Medical Clinics closure due to the Covid-19 restrictions. As a result, there has been an increased search for cheaper treatment alternatives online.  Several people have experienced serious burns, extreme bruising and swelling as a result. Yet more serious cases include tissue damage, infection, burst lips, and blindness.

cosmetic needle injection

Cosmetic Procedure Claims:

When claiming against a beauty salon and unlicensed practitioners, solicitors have been presented with numerous challenges. Unfortunately, most unlicensed practitioners are not insured, particularly those who offer treatment services at home.

This raises concerns for the future of the industry and the affect it has on people’s life’s particularly females under 30, heavily influenced by social media. Currently most sought beauty treatments including lip enhancements and dermal fillers are not regulated, nor is Cosmetic surgery.

Making a cosmetic negligence claim against unlicenced practitioners has previously been made difficult if not impossible due to the high turnover of providers and the lack of insurance. NCEPOD found that 11.5% of registered practitioners had ceased trading within the year. Non-healthcare practitioners are currently not legally required to hold any public liability insurance, nor are they obligated to provide follow up appointments.  However, Watermans would still strongly recommend that if you have been subject to negligence, that you contact a solicitor to pursue a claim. The industry standards may currently have its obsticles, but our experienced Personal Injury solicitors will work hard to secure you the compensation that you deserve. Don’t suffer at the hands of someone else’s inexperience.

Waterman’s Associate, Alex Robertson comments:

“Whilst clinics have now reopened their doors to customers again, worryingly anyone can administer cosmetic fillers and many of the consumers who opted for cheaper treatment alternatives from less qualified and experienced practitioners during lockdown, may continue to seek treatment from them.

If a price for a treatment that is normally much more expensive on the High Street seems too good to be true, then it probably is and if people haven’t encountered a bad experience yet, they may do so in the future if they continue to have treatments carried out by people who aren’t properly qualified.

We urge everyone to check the credentials of the clinic or practitioner before committing to a facial procedure.”

Make a Claim with Watermans:

bruised faceErrors during surgery can cause disfigurement and leave permanent scars and injury. Your body may reject the product, causing a domino effect of illness and painful side effects. The repercussions have serious emotional and physical implications. A compensation claim is important to provide financial support for any further treatments needed, cover any loss of earnings, and to hold the responsible surgeon or treatment provider to account. As part of your no-win-no-fee claim, you can benefit from the private healthcare and CBT treatment on offer.

Watermans Solicitors has experience in representing victims over a variety of Personal Injury claims.

  • Tummy tucks and gastric bands
  • Botox and fillers
  • Brow lifts
  • Breast augmentation or reduction
  • Facelifts
  • Rhinoplasty  

You may be able to claim compensation if you have suffered from the results of cosmetic surgery negligence or botched beauty treatments. Make sure you retain any receipts, hospital discharge, medical notes, and photographs, as these will be used as evidence in your compensation claim. If you have been affected by an unlicenced practitioner, contact Watermans Solicitors on 0131 555 7055/0141 430 7055 to see if you could pursue a case for compensation.