A recent study has found that minor cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections and dermal fillers are very safe when carried out by trained professionals. The study looked at 20,000 procedures that are minimally invasive and found few complications and none that were serious.
Experts have warned about the importance of proper training and regulation as the growing UK cosmetic industry has been accused of acting like “cowboys”. In 2013 the NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh warned that some procedures such as fillers, in which substances are injected to plump up the skin, were a “crisis waiting to happen”.
A major concern raised in the report was that it is too easy for anyone to offer these procedures without any checks.
Ally Taft, Senior Associate at the Medical Accident Group said: “The Department Of Health is taking steps to regulate the cosmetic surgery industry, but that is not in place as yet. It seems too easy to set up and offer non-invasive cosmetic procedures without any checks. These procedures are only safe to conduct if you have had the necessary training, so it is crucial you check before proceeding.”
Issues reported with these non-invasive procedures are usually very minor side-effects such as bruising, swelling, the formation of lumps or skin darkening, which resolve on their own or with some additional treatment. The rate of adverse events for fillers is slightly higher than for laser or Botox treatment.
A further study by the British Association Of Dermatologists indicated that 58% had seen patients with complications from non-surgical cosmetic procedures, with more than half of these being due to problems with dermal filler injections. 65% of respondents to this survey stated that they had seen issues that were chronic or irreversible.
New training standards for non-surgical procedures are currently in development to ensure that Botox or fillers aren’t given by someone who isn’t qualified. These standards are expected to be in place during 2015.
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