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Expert seeks regulation of aesthetics industry

By Bankole Orimisan
21 December 2021   |   1:50 am
As the aesthetics industry records improved growth, making more people to embrace the opportunities within, head of school for the Laserderm Aesthetics Academy, Omotoke Sikaiye has called for better recognition..

Keynote speaker, Ezinne Alfa, (left), COO, Omolade Olatawura, Valedictorian and best graduating student, Chancey Nworka and second keynote speaker, Ibhade Akpede representing the Lagos State Employment Trust Fund (LSETF) at the inaugural graduation ceremony of the Laserderm Aesthetic Academy in Lagos…recently

As the aesthetics industry records improved growth, making more people to embrace the opportunities within, head of school for the Laserderm Aesthetics Academy, Omotoke Sikaiye has called for better recognition and improved, stricter regulation to properly position the industry for growth.

Speaking during the academy’s maiden graduation ceremony held in Lagos recently, Sikaiye said because the industry is still largely unregulated, many players are defrauding Nigerians and getting away with it.

“There is no formal recognition of this industry in Nigeria despite the fact that it is a large, multi billion dollar industry worldwide. The way we have NAFDAC to regulate drugs in Nigeria, we should have a Nigerian body regulating this industry to keep out quacks,” she said.

Focused on delivering the promises and goals set out at the commencement of learning activities a year ago even in the middle of a global pandemic, the academy reached a notable milestone, certifying 25 new graduates who are now qualified aestheticians.

The learners were trained in a world class-learning environment with access to every tool and resources required for skill acquisition and career growth and advancement.

Speaking to the graduating students, Sikaiye charged them to continue to uphold the values, skills and ethics they had learned and imbibed during their training.

“This is a win for us as some of our graduates are already employed and working. Those that are not working in clinics have become business owners and I urge anyone looking to improve their life to register in January, as new courses would be added to previously existing ones.

“We remain committed to bridging the gaps in the frontiers of the aesthetics industry and our recent graduates are equipped and ready to take on challengers and new innovations in this industry in trainings ranging from manual facials, cosmetic chemistry, advanced skin peeling, laser therapy, microdermabrasion and micro needling.”

She added that the internationally accredited aesthetics and beauty training facility, offering hybrid learning, is bridging the gap in current shortages in certified professional training, continuous learning and global certifications in skincare and aesthetics in Africa.

Nwanekezie Obiechina Alexis, a board certified doctor and graduate who said he recently discovered aesthetic medicine, which is a relatively new field in Nigeria, and has decided to focus fully on it. He said this was a lucrative field and urged more people to explore it.