We get clients coming in all the time, telling us about a treatment or a laser that they saw in Europe. Or their friend had this or that organic dermal filler injected in Europe.
The United States aesthetic industry is highly regulated by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The FDA is responsible for the safety and security, effectiveness, and quality of the nation’s food supply, dietary supplements, cosmetics, medicines, vaccines, biological products, medical devices, and more. They regulate clinical trials and have the power to recall anything they find unsafe.
The European Medicines Agency (EMA) is only responsible for the evaluation and supervision of medicines and does not regulate any medicines that are already on the market. Their primary goal is to make sure that equipment is safe to use, and does what the manufacturer intends it to do. They do not have to come up with scientific evidence that supports its effectiveness.
That is why it takes so long for different injections and equipment to get approved in the United States: it has to go through all the hoops set forward by the FDA in order to protect our citizens.
Be Prepared and Be Knowledgeable
Do your research when it comes to new treatments and equipment: both in the United States and abroad. That way, when your client asks about it, you can be prepared to talk about it, and then recommend against it or offer something similar. This applies to treatments approved in the U.S. as well. Your clients might hear about some new treatment some other practitioner is offering. To set yourself apart from other practitioners, do your research and get the proper training or certifications on these treatments, even if you aren’t going to offer it or use it in your practice. Your knowledge and experience will set you apart.