Dr Leah Totton Clinics: Impact On The Industry

This week, Professional Beauty announced that Dr Leah Totton would be opening her first clinic on Chiswell St, in the City of London.

Over the past few years, the reputation of the aesthetic industry has suffered from a lack of government regulation across all aspects of practice:- notably the quality of products, level of experience of practitioners and responsibility of providers. The media and public alike have a dim view of the safety of the industry and confidence is low.

As founding members of The Independent Health Advisory Services, 'Treatments You Can Trust' register, sk:n have long since lobbied for the introduction of tighter regulations, however, despite Prof Sir Bruce Keogh's strong recommendations in his recent investigative report for the Dept of Health, legislation has not yet followed.

In the spirit then of self-regulation, sk:n insist on only the recruitment of the most experienced doctors using the highest criteria. The majority of these doctors are Consultant Dermatologists which typically requires ten years' or more medical training and practice. sk:n also employ a high number of Consultant Plastic Surgeons and GPs with Specialist Interest in order to ensure all clinics have the highest amount of in-house relevant experience and skill. Each and every clinic has a Medical Director, typically a Consultant Dermatologist, who works with the in-house Medical Standard's Team - chaired by Dr Sean Lanigan MD FRCP DCH, Honorary Consultant, City Hospital Birmingham.

Having only recently become medically qualified, sk:n clinics wish to express their concern that Dr Leah has very little experience in the aesthetics industry. Despite Dr Leah's admirable call for greater regulation, which sk:n have been championing for over 20 years, the cosmetic industry should not be trivialised by offering delicate medical treatments by medical professionals that do not have adequate training and expertise.