IS YOUR DOCTOR QUALIFIED OR TRAINED?
In accordance to the Aesthetic Medical Guidelines released by the Ministry of Health Malaysia, all doctors need to have a basic knowledge and training before they can offer any Aesthetic Medical Services to their patients. Before receiving any aesthetic treatments such as Botox, Fillers, Lasers or chemical peels, you need to make sure that your doctor must hold a LCP (Letter of Privileging and Credentialling) for aesthetic procedures from the Ministry of Health Malaysia, please do not hesitate to ask your doctor if he or she has any LCP credentials.
IS THE CLINIC REGISTERED PREMISES FOR AESTHETIC PROCEDURES?
In Malaysia, Ministry of Health prohibit any doctor from practicing at any place which is not registered with the Ministry of Health, hence no doctors can perform any aesthetic treatment outside their registered premises such as home, hotels or beauty salons, this is illegal in Malaysia. You may check whether the clinic is listed under Annual Practicing Certificates (APC), which are required to be publicly displayed in the clinic.
IS THE BOTOX/FILLERS ORIGINAL?
We come across a lot patients who are unsure about what have been injected to their faces. All medical products like Botox & fillers can be only supplied to registered clinic, but not to any beauty salons or spas. Dear readers, please be cautious in finding out what kind of product your doctor is using, to avoid fake products to be injected on your face, by then you have to bare all the consequences if any side effects occurs. Remember, as a consumer, do not hesitate to ask your doctor about the products.
PREREQUISITES FOR GENERAL PRACTITIONERS PRACTISING AESTHETIC MEDICAL PRACTICE:
- A medical practitioner who intends to practise aesthetic medical practice must be fully registered with the Malaysian Medical Council.
- He/she must possess a current and valid Annual Practising Certificate.
- He/she is required to have: full registration; minimum of three (3) years of clinical experience as a medical officer (or equivalent) after full registration, and subsequently; completed three (3) years of relevant training in aesthetic medical practice under supervision/attachment and practising as a general practitioner.
- He/she is free from any disciplinary actions.
- He/she must exercise strict patient selection criteria, must communicate to the potential patient the risks involved, the possible outcome, obtain valid consent for the aesthetic medical procedure planned, and generally observe all aspects of the Code of Professional Conduct of the Malaysian Medical Council.
- He/she must place patient safety as the primary concern and should provide aesthetic medical services in a healthcare facility licensed or registered under the Private Healthcare Facilities and Services Act 1998 and Private Healthcare Facilities and Services (Private Hospitals and Other Private Healthcare Facilities, Private Medical Clinics or Private Dental Clinics) Regulations 2006.
- He/she is required to have a Letter of Credentialing and Privileging (LCP) for the aesthetic procedure(s) which he/she intends to perform. The LCP shall be issued by the Medical Practice Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia upon recommendation by the Main Credentialing and Privileging Committee of Aesthetic Medical Practice.
- With the LCP, he/she is eligible for registration with the National Registry of Registered Medical Practitioners Practising Aesthetic Medical Practice which shall be maintained by the Medical Practice Division, Ministry of Health Malaysia.