While aesthetic treatments may help you look and feel more attractive, they’re so much more than a beauty treatment. Aesthetic injectables are classed as a medical treatment – on a very different level than those you’d have in a beauty salon.
Most aesthetic treatments involve procedures performed by trained medical practitioners – a nurse, doctor or dentist – often using prescribed pharmaceutical products. These procedures may carry potential risks, require medical evaluation, and involve patient consent – just like other medical treatments.
Patient vs Client
I’m sometimes asked why I use the term patient rather client: “how am I a patient if I’m not unwell?”
The term ‘patient’ underscores the responsibility of healthcare professionals in delivering safe and effective aesthetic care.
Beauty vs Aesthetics
While I absolutely love pampering beauty treatments, that’s not what my clinic is about. I’m coming at your face with a needle – and would not do so without the vast medical experience under my belt (25 years and counting). And you would not be in my chair if I didn’t know exactly how to resolve any potential complications.
“I truly care about my patients’ wellbeing and consider it an absolute honour to be entrusted with their faces. Watching someone’s face light up as they see their results in a mirror – then walk away with their head held a little higher is so incredibly rewarding – and infectious!”
On a daily basis I make sure patients feel comfortable in my presence, experience, knowledge and expertise. They know I’m at the end of a phone if they have any concerns and available 24/7 in an emergency.
Your Safety Checklist
What you are guaranteed when you visit me at Aspire Aesthetics:
- Full medical training
- A medical degree
- 2 x medical post grads
- 25 years nursing experience
- Precise anatomical knowledge of what lies beneath your skin
- Ongoing learning and training with world-class aesthetics experts
- Up to date qualifications in every technique I practice
- The safest and best premium products that money can buy
- Advise on potential complications before treatment begins
- A duty of care for your wellbeing and safety
- A thorough consultation to discuss your treatment journey
- Zero pressure
- Excellent care – and a gentle touch that has earned me the nickname ‘fairy fingers’!
- Awareness of early danger signs and precise knowledge on how to address them to keep you safe
- Availability to me for any advice or aftercare you need
You’ll also enjoy a relaxing atmosphere in my beautiful clinic and hopefully a bit of banter with great chat! I have a great relationship with my patients, which is hugely important to me – and treat everyone who comes through my door both with warmth and respect.
I take my responsibilities as a medical practitioner extremely seriously. Patient safety is my number one priority, which is why I feel so strongly that official industry regulation is urgently required. I’m delighted that the Department for Health and Social Care has announced the launch of an eight week consultation on a proposed licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England – and hope this extends to Northern Ireland asap.
“While I love helping people feel good in their own skin and boost their confidence, I also perform medical procedures daily. That’s a big deal: attention to detail is crucial and trust is everything.”
Clara McLoughlin, Aspire Aesthetics NI
BSc (Hons), PG Dip, SCPHN, RGN, RCN, Independent Nurse Prescriber.