Under current regulations ‘non-surgical’ cosmetic procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, laser hair removal and chemical peels can legally be performed by anyone whatever their level of or lack of training.
This is incredibly worrying given that, if performed incorrectly, these procedures can result in scarring, disfigurement, infection or, in extreme cases, blindness.
Despite dermal fillers and Botox injections piercing the skin and being able to cause bleeding and bruising they are still considered to be ‘non-invasive’ and have not received as much scrutiny and regulation as other cosmetic procedures such as breast implants or abdominoplasty.
Things are set to change however as a recent independent government review of the regulations governing the UK cosmetic surgery industry found that individuals undergoing cosmetic procedures need to be better protected and that people carrying out the procedures should be trained to a high standard.
The review found that dermal fillers, which are used to add volume to the face or smooth out lines, are a particular cause for concern because anyone can set themselves up as a practitioner with no requirement for any training or experience. The review stated that dermal fillers were the ‘next crisis waiting to happen’.
A spokesperson for the Department for Health has stated that the government are considering the findings of the review committee and will put their detailed findings to parliament shortly.