Cuba: in pursuit of responsible aesthetics
Nowadays, much of the world’s population is concerned with aesthetics, as more and more, companies are requesting a “good appearance” when hiring an employee, in addition to the right skills to fill a position.
That is why there is an increasing number of people going to see specialists in order to improve their appearance, either through surgery or simply by means of beauty treatments which undoubtedly always contribute to improving the way they look.
Cuba is no exception, which is why it recently hosted, for the first time, the Aesthetics, Cosmetology and Aesthetic Medicine Congress sponsored by several national institutions which are connected to this sector in one way or another.
According to the organizers, this meeting was of great significance and importance because of the support it received from the Cuban Government. It is important for the country to facilitate discussions on this activity, which is growing at a rate of 20% annually worldwide and it is expected that the numbers will be even higher in Cuba because tourism on the island is on the rise.
In an interview with Cubaplus, Diego Tomatis, President of the event’s International Organizing Committee, said that “This conference served as a framework to work on a solid foundation, with a view to dialogue regarding possible regulations for the activity in the country”.
“Someone can undergo aesthetic treatment to improve their appearance”, he clarified, “If done well it improves quality of life, but when done wrong it can be detrimental to one’s health, hence the need to establish regulations”.
“In Cuba”, he pointed out, “there has been a growing demand for these services and more and more individual businesses have dedicated themselves to this area”.
“As there are no restrictions on the activity or professional profile, the person providing the service isn’t aware of any limitations, so for example, one may find a hairdresser giving facial and body treatments for which he or she has not been trained. Hence the need for regulations to prevent damage.”
“In Cuba, as in many CARICOM (Caribbean Economic Community) countries, there is no higher education in aesthetics and cosmetology – and it is often combined with beauty activities, which is a mistake”, said Tomatis.
“The congress took place in this context, with many offers of aesthetic services, and attempts are being made to regulate the activity so that the users, tourists who are coming to the country, have an assurance that the procedure that they will subject themselves to is a serious one, or at least regulated”, he said.
“Having been in aesthetics for 15 years, in the area of training and education, it was of great satisfaction to me that, for the first time in the history of non-medical aesthetics, a health ministry supported and endorsed an event of this kind”, he said.
He announced that, “for the second conference, to be held next year, aestheticians, cosmetologists and aesthetic doctors will be convened, and we will expand to other topics. A seminar on responsible aesthetics will be held, to discuss and lay the foundations of what defines a responsible practice of aesthetics and cosmetology in Latin America, and we will add hot springs and spa. The first symposium of hot springs and spa will take place, an important sector worldwide, cultivating healthy living and a healthy body. That is to say, there will be three events in one: a congress on aesthetics, a seminar on responsible aesthetics and a symposium on hot springs and spa.”
“Within the sector, Cuba is at par with several Latin American countries, but the difference is that there is a solid foundation here for promoting technical or high-level courses,” he said.
“We have educational conditions that allow us to offer programs. If Cuba could offer educational programs for beauticians, cosmetologists and aesthetic doctors, and with guaranteed healthcare in the country, it will be an example for many Caribbean nations”, he assured.