Owner of Milton Keynes aesthetics clinic hits out at 'unfair' government ruling that she cannot re-open
A beauty aesthetics clinic owner says she is "in despair" that the government will not allow her to re-open at the same time as hairdressers.
An aesthetic clinic is where a qualified and trained aesthetic doctor performs cosmetic procedures on their patients
Single mum Amber Ray runs Amber Ray Aesthetics in Silbury Boulevard. She offers anti wrinkle treatments, dermal fillers, skin treatments, vitamin injections and fat dissolving injections.
And she insists it would be perfectly safe for her to re-open.
"We are not like beauty salons; we are a clinic environment and we wear PPE every day as standard as well as using hospital grade cleaning materials," she said.
Amber was expecting this week's announcement about easing lockdown would allow her to open from July 4, the same as hairdressing salons.
"The announcement totally devastated me. How come hairdressers can go back to work but we cannot? We are far more sterile with less footfall than a hairdressers. I'm in despair, like many others, and am seeking every possible action I can," she said.
"I have been unable to practice since March but still have exclusive business room rental and fully comprehensive insurance fees to pay. I fell through the cracks so have no government help, and have invested significantly in advanced training and equipment to benefit my clients but this has all come at a personal cost. If I cannot practice shortly, I will be financially devastated which affects not only my business but impacts my personal life too."
Amber has contacted local MPs to ask if the aesthetics industry's classification can be changed to set them apart from beauty salons.
"I cannot promise this will be changed but I can promise that myself and others in the industry are doing everything we can to get customers back in as soon as possible," she said.