Sir Bruce Keogh: Cosmetic fillers are a crisis waiting to happen
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There is currently a ‘cosmetic crisis’ in the UK, according to a report released today.
The independent review into cosmetic surgery, led by the Medical Director of the NHS, sets out how it would like to see the sector better regulated, practitioners better trained and people having proper redress if things go wrong.
Experts were shocked by the current ‘trivalisation’ of cosmetic surgery, a £2.3bn industry, and said providers ‘put profit first’.
The review was commissioned by the Government following the PIP breast implant scandal, and the panel looked at the products used for surgical and non-surgical procedures (non-surgical includes Botox, lip fillers and laser hair removal), the people who administer them, the way they are advertised and the advice and support patients and consumers are given.
They found there is almost no regulation despite the fact that if something goes wrong it could have a permanent effect on a person’s health and wellbeing.
The panel is determined to make fillers fall under the same controls as breast implants, so only fillers which have passed safety appraisals will be available, and only those skilled enough will be able to administer them.
Review chairman Professor Sir Bruce Keogh said: ‘At the heart of this report is the person who chooses to have a cosmetic procedure.
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