NHS chief Sir Bruce Keogh has reviewed the beauty industry and discovered the sector of non-surgical treatments like fillers are being performed by unqualified practitioners. Currently there are no regulations in this sector and an alarming amount of cowboy practices are in operation.
While operations like breast implants, facelifts and other surgical procedures are the ones that often grab the headlines, 90% of the £2.3 billion business is made up of smaller, less invasive procedures like dermal fillers – when substances are injected into the skin to help reduce the appearance of wrinkles.
Keogh’s review revealed that despite there being few controls over who can and cannot perform these treatments, some clients are coming to serious harm when procedures go wrong. Reports of skin necrosis (when the skin tissue dies due to blocked blood vessels) and even blindness have been documented due to ill qualified therapists.
Keogh points out that even though these procedures aren’t strictly speaking surgical – they are certainly medical and require someone with adequate training to carry them out and treat the patient should there be complications.
“I am concerned that some practitioners who are giving non-surgical treatments may not have had any appropriate training whatsoever. This leaves people exposed to unreasonable risks, and possibly permanent damage.”
The review will recommend that anyone who offers these types of treatment must be adequately trained and qualified to perform the procedures, if not they must perform the procedure under the supervision of a clinically trainer supervisor.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) welcomes the news, agreeing that all procedures of this type should be regulated and restricted to medical professionals. BAAPS also say many of their member surgeons have had to fix botched jobs and a recent survey has revealed that a shocking 69% of surgeons have seen patients suffer from complications from these kinds of fillers.
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