Patient First: Mental Health Screening, part of the Aesthetic Consultation Process


At Harley Academy, we have one main goal: to improve patient safety. We been doing this since 2015 by raising educational standards in the aesthetics industry. The most widely-requested cosmetic procedures like toxin, fillers and peels are certainly proven to improve self image to empower your day to day life. But as highlighted in the topical hot press this week, screening for mental health disorders is an integral part of aesthetic consultation process.

“Cosmetic beauty clinics to screen customers for mental health problems ahead of procedures” – ITV news

As a JCCP endorsed training provider, we welcome this focus on the consultation process being used as a powerful tool to identify psychologically vulnerable patients.

Our Level 7 Injectables Certification includes a detailed approach to the psychology of appearance with this in mind. We entirely recognise that identifying the difference between healthy and unhealthy psychological drivers is crucial for ethical and trusthworthy practice. Harley Academy are proud to have a partnership with the world renowned University of West England’s Centre of Appearance Research which is the largest research facility focusing entirely on appearance and body image. We have collaborated on creating a cutting edge learning module on psychology in cosmetic practice, which equips our trainees with evidence-based understanding on drivers for cosmetic treatment alongside diagnostic criteria and management strategy.

Understanding and recognising the symptoms and signs of body dysmorphia is essential on deciding when not to treat the aesthetic patient. Treatments will only cause additional psychological distress to the vulnerable patient with BDD. Conversations with these patients also take considerable skill and empathy, particularly in order to persuade them to engage with necessary onward referral.

“Cosmetic procedures: Firms warned over ‘duty of care’.” – BBC news

Modern day life, including the idealised images we see all on a daily basis can lead to pressure to look a certain way for patients and indeed ourselves as practitioners. We are proud of our community of over 1000 medical professionals who are committed to their duty of care to prevent avoidable harm to patients. Being part of our movement elevating the standards in aesthetic medicine is only becoming more powerful as the drive towards improved regulation in the industry moves forward.

Dr Kalpna Pindolia, Clinical Education Lead

An aesthetic doctor, trainer, assessor and GMC appraiser, Dr Pindolia is dedicated to a holistic approach to the individual from both medical and psychological perspectives. With a true passion for empowered education in the aesthetics sector, she is dedicated to the experience and success of our student community.