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Dr Fatima Ehsan and Vanessa Brown of VL Aesthetics

A CARLISLE aesthetics clinic is celebrating after being accredited by a Government-approved register designed to improve safety in the beauty industry.

VL Aesthetics has been awarded Save Face status – becoming one of the first clinics in the county to earn such recognition.

Created to help consumers make informed decisions about their non-cosmetic procedures, Save Face adheres to a strict set of objective standards, ensuring approved clinics are safe to use.

Vanessa Brown, managing director of VL Aesthetics, said: “We’re immensely proud to become Save Face accredited.

“The industry needs tighter regulation so that people know they are in safe hands when it comes to procedures such as Botox, and Save Face are doing great work to ensure practitioners conform to the highest standards.

“It is no surprise that we met all the criteria, but we need to strive to maintain our high standards of customer care.”

Each practitioner included in the Save Face database has been visited by doctors or nurses with high-level clinical experience and training as part of their assessments.

The website can be used to search and compare practitioners, where you can also find guidelines on what to expect from each treatment.

Vanessa added: “Having a cosmetic procedure can be daunting, so it is important that people can do their research on the clinics and see that they are assessed by highly-qualified doctors.

“Too many people subject themselves to treatments performed by unqualified and inexperienced practitioners, and unfortunately that can have disastrous results.

“If you’re considering a cosmetic procedure, it is vital that you check the Save Face website to find somewhere safe and suitable.”

The need for such a register was recently highlighted on an episode of BBC One’s Fake Britain, which focused on a practitioner in London, who left two women with swelling and burns after injecting them with what they thought was Botox.

Ozan Melin was jailed after Bournemouth Crown Court had heard he gave the women an “unknown and extremely dangerous substance”.

It was revealed that one of the women found the surgeon on Facebook, and he made no representation about his qualifications.

Another woman, Rachael Knappier, 29, recently appeared on ITV’s This Morning to talk about her nightmare experience having received lip fillers at a Botox party”, and claimed that she almost lost her lips.

VL Aesthetics’ expert team of cosmetic doctors, aestheticians, and beauty therapists have been based in Carlisle for more than 10 years.

The clinic unveiled its new medical facilities at its Kingmoor premises earlier this summer, allowing it to offer aesthetic treatments at the cutting edge of science and beauty.

From reducing wrinkles and fine lines, to removing fat and cellulite, to clearing acne, dry skin, and rosacea, the clinic utilises the most innovative clinically-proven technologies and multi-award winning products and services.

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