Consultant dermatologists leading safe aesthetic care

Aims of the BCDG

• To stimulate academic and clinical interest in cosmetic dermatology among consultant and trainee dermatologists.

• To raise the profile of dermatologists as key individuals in the practice of cosmetic medicine because of their understanding of skin anatomy, physiology and ageing, as well as their expertise in the recognition and treatment of skin disease

• To represent the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) in development and revision of the relevant legal and regulatory constraints of  practice and to inform consultant and trainee dermatologists of these.

• To advise on the evolution of the curriculum in cosmetic dermatology for trainee dermatologists, in consultation with the Postgraduate Medical Education and Training Board (PMETB) and the dermatology Specialist Advisory Committee (SAC) of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP).  Trainees should gain an understanding of cosmetic procedures and their potential benefits and  limitations.  They should become familiar with treatments using topical  pharmaceuticals, injection  of tissue fillers and botulinum toxin,  sclerotherapy, chemical peels, hair transplantation and liposuction.  In  addition, they should become conversant in the use of lasers for treating  skin disorders.

• To facilitate communication between the BAD and the cosmetic industry in a professional, ethical and unbiased manner, to develop appropriate relationships with industry and to promote acceptance and understanding of the dermatologist’s role in the dissemination of cosmetic advice and treatment.