The time has finally come! The cosmetic medicine profile is recognised by the KNMG*. This means that as of 1 July 2019, the title of cosmetic doctor is a protected title and will be seen as a recognised medical discipline alongside other medical specialties. “The time of malpractice and botchers will quickly be history!”
“During office hours, I regularly see clients who were first treated elsewhere. The low price often enticed them. Understandably, it is difficult for the customer to choose between the different clinics. Unfortunately, I then see the client because of a failed, saddening cosmetic outcome. Either a medical technical error has been made, or the intended result has not been achieved, which has unnecessarily cost the client money. Of course, I am willing to look for the best solution.”
The profile recognition is a milestone when it comes to the protection of clients against incompetent practitioners, but also to offer a protected qualification to cosmetic doctors who are competent and skilled. The NVCG** recently conducted a study showing that there is still a growing demand for cosmetic treatments. Nearly 23% is younger than 35 years. This shows that cosmetic medicine is becoming more and more established, which brings new responsibilities.
“Clients visit me for a second opinion, because of a Botox which already wore off after a few weeks, or which was injected in the wrong place. I also witness problems with fillers, whereby too much has been injected, or in the wrong place, which gives an unnatural result. To this day, it is often unclear to the client whether the initial treatment was performed by a certified cosmetic doctor at all.”
From 1 July 2019, clients can see whether a cosmetic doctor is competent. All NVCG-certified doctors will receive the protected title of KNMG cosmetic doctor from 1 July 2019.
“Now that the competence of the cosmetic doctors recognised by the KNMG is guaranteed, the assurance of quality and safety for the client has finally been complied with. I am grateful for all the work that our NVCG association has carried out for this, and also for making the right choice in time for this fantastic, beautiful profession! That is why I will be a KNMG cosmetic doctor from 1 July 2019 onwards!”
* KNMG = Koninklijke Nederlandsche Maatschappij tot bevordering der Geneeskunst (Royal Dutch Medical Association)
** NVCG = Nederlandse Vereniging Cosmetische Geneeskunde (Dutch Association of Cosmetic Medicine)