28 Nov 2018 / Emma Smyth

(Pictured above, a client treated at another clinic and left overfilled and uneven. Dissolved by myself and retreated once settled with excellent results).

The ability to dissolve and reverse the effects of dermal fillers has certainly had a huge impact on the recent explosion in the popularity of these non-surgical treatments. Ideally, dissolving enzymes should only be used to prevent the worsening of medical complications, but more recently, a trend to dissolve unwanted cosmetic results has materialised.

In a thriving industry that currently lacks legislation to protect the pubic from rogue practitioners, the risk to the public has never been greater. Worryingly, non medically trained individuals can legally practice with as little as 3 days of injecting experience. Most dangerously, non-medics have no legal duty of care to their client base. Not a problem while things are going well right?

But in the event of a medical complication, an increasing number of clients have found themselves turned away by their non-medical injector, blocked from social media and alone in managing their evolving medical emergency. Pretty scary stuff.

Positively, a large proportion of injectors ARE medically trained (Doctors, Dentists and Nurse Prescribers) who have a legal and ethical responsibility to attend regular training and provide robust treatments, maximise safety and be skilled in the recognition and prevention of medical complications. The standard of follow up care is a true indication of the quality of practitioner at hand.

On a cosmetic level, I’m seeing an increasing number of clients treated elsewhere with poor cosmetic outcomes that require dissolving, before making the decision to retreat or not. Important to note: ANY practitioner is at risk of providing an unwanted cosmetic result, but success rates, styles and techniques differ greatly and so as a client, research is key.

Research genuine before and after imagery, client reviews and most importantly, research qualifications! Do not be afraid to ask to see certificates of qualifications or check medical registers, to ensure your practitioner is currently listed with their professional body. (Recent news reports of struck off medics practicing illegally).


To check any Nurses on the Nursing and Midwifery Council register, click the link and type their full name and nursing pin: https://www.nmc.org.uk/registration/search-the-register/

My full name is Emma Smyth and my Nursing pin is: 0I3915E

To anyone currently experiencing an unwanted cosmetic outcome, please feel free to contact me for a friendly discussion about moving forward and improving your situation.

Nurse Emma Smyth

Other useful information:

To check any Dentists on the General Dentistry Council, click the link and type their full name and GDC number: https://olr.gdc-uk.org/SearchRegister

To check any Doctors on the General Medical Council register, click the link and type their full name and GMC number: https://www.gmc-uk.org/registration-and-licensing/the-medical-register#searchTheRegister


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