Beauty clinics won’t open this weekend – but this ‘loophole’ means you can get botox, fillers and skin treatments now07/02/2020
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After three months of having to do DIY beauty and hair treatments, we were all waiting excitedly for 4 July when hair salons and clinics were expected to open their doors again.
But in unforeseen news, it was announced last month that only hairdressers and barbers had the green light to start seeing clients from this Saturday, while beauty clinics are forced to remain shut.
However, that doesn’t mean you can’t see a medically-trained professional for beauty treatments like botox, facials and skin treatments, as certain clinics are allowed to see clients right now.
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How, you ask? While all non-essential beauty clinics were asked to close in March, those offering medical or health services have been allowed by the government to reopen and see clients.
One such place is Dr Tatiana’s West London clinic, which is a medically-registered clinic and is CQC (care quality commission) accredited.
“We perform a number of medical procedures in addition to aesthetic ones – for example acne treatments, which are considered more medical, and we can treat concerns like facial asymmetry with filler if it’s causing confidence issues”, says Dr Tatiana.
“We have also put measures in place that adhere to the government guidelines that essentially allow us to safely open and not put ourselves and our patients at risk.”
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Dr Tatiana’s clinic isn’t the only one ready to see clients. SK:N Clinics (who are also CQC accredited and have clinics nationwide in the UK), are opening to perform medical treatments, which includes thread vein removals, from £175, and dermatology consultations from 7 July.
Dr Rita Rakus clinic in London will also be open from 4 July to offer aesthetic treatments like EMsculpt, from £3,000 for 4-6 treatments, and HydraFacials, from £175.
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However, there is controversy over what some people are calling a “loophole”, and many clinics have decided to remain shut until further guidance is given by the government.
Those that are open have made post-Covid-19 changes to ensure client and staff safety. For example, at Dr Tatiana’s clinic, patient appointments are staggered, only card and contactless payments are accepted, social distancing is in effect, and all staff wear protective equipment.
Here's to hoping clinics can all reopen safely soon – because our skin is crying out for a bit of professional TLC.
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