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Dermal Fillers Should be Treated as a Medicine

Lip enhancementLeading doctors and surgeons believe that Dermal Fillers, which can currently be administered widely in the UK, should be classed as a medicine, so that only suitably qualified medical professionals can prescribe and administer them. 

In America, popular dermal fillers are classed as medicines. Only six types have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration) and this is on prescription only.

However, in the UK, over 100 types of injectable fillers are available, approved by use of a CE mark for medical devices.

Industry experts believe that this shows how much we need to tighten up regulation in the UK, as lack of specialist training can put patients at risk, as with the increasing popularity and high street availability of injectable fillers, problems are emerging.

In addition, unlike Botox®, dermal fillers can be injected without prescription by anyone with no need for specialist training.

Bristol-based Dr John Quinn is highly experienced in fillers and is an approved Allergan trainer, sharing his expertise with other medical professionals.

He explains:

“Dermal fillers are a popular choice for adding volume and fullness into the lips and they are also very effective at smoothing out deep lines and creases for younger-looking skin.”

“Fillers have become quite widely available in the UK, but I would certainly advise patients to choose a skilled and experienced medical professional who understands not only the aesthetic requirements of administering fillers, but also the medical risks. Inexpert use of fillers has been known to cause not only bruising and lumpy/uneven results, but also serious issues such as facial collapse, herpes, rheumatic disease, blue-tinged flesh and even blindness.”

“Patients do not need to feel put off, but should ensure they choose a trained and experienced doctor who understands anatomy and physiology can ensure that fillers are safely injected for a flattering result which will last for months.”/blockquote>

In a recent poll of BAAPS members (British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons), 98% believed fillers should be treated as a medicine like Botox® to protect patients better.

According to the BAAPS survey, the top reasons surgeons feel complications occur with injectables are:

  1. Unqualified practitioners administering fillers incorrectly
  2. Lack of regulation allowing unproven substances to be used in the UK
  3. Patients thinking of fillers as an easy treatment that can be administered by anyone
  4. Patients not being aware of the risks and potential side effects

Dr John Quinn

Dr John Quinn, an NHS GP, has practised in Medical Aesthetics since 2005 and has treated thousands of patients over the years with treatments including botox, fillers and IPL.

He is fully registered with the General Medical Council and a member of the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors; also sitting on the board of CODE The Association for Facial Aesthetics (CODE-AFA) Advisory Board.

Dr Quinn’s own practice, Quinn Clinics, is a Doctor owned and led clinic in Clifton, Bristol, fully registered with the Care Quality Commission (the only independent GP-led clinic in Bristol to have chosen to have this registration).

Quinn Clinics offer a full range of cosmetic, medical and laser skin treatments, including popular Botox and dermal fillers to tackle lines and wrinkles as well as IPL facial laser treatment and laser hair removal. They also offer corrective work.

To learn more about cosmetic treatments please contact Quinn Clinics to arrange a private consultation with Dr Quinn.

Call 0117 924 4592 or email info@quinnclinics.co.uk for further information.

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