The Keogh Review into standards on cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments has been postponed and the full findings are now expected towards the end of April.
However, interim information has made very clear the review committee’s intentions to bring in tighter regulations particularly focusing on the matter of training.
Currently, there are no minimal qualifications on administering fillers or botox injections, although the latter should be firstly prescribed by a doctor after face to face consultation.
Now the review of plastic surgery standards is led by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh is expected to recommend that formal qualifications are to be required for all cosmetic injections practitioners.
The Review stated that practitioners supplying Botox are “largely unregulated” which “leaves people exposed to unreasonable risks and possibly permanent damage.”
In particular, beauty therapists will no longer be able to offer injectable dermal fillers to smooth out wrinkles or plump up lips without proper training and qualifications. The changes are set to stop bad practices which can leave patients looking bruised, disfigured or even with visual impairment.
Non-surgical treatments account for over £2.3bn business annually in the UK.
“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.
“Our research has shown that the public expect procedures that are so widely available to be safe, whereas they are largely unregulated.
“There is a clear need for better quality, recognised training for the people performing these operations. My review will make a number of recommendations for making sure people who choose to undergo these procedures are in safe hands.”
Industry body BAAPS (The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) was positive about the announcement but suggested that all cosmetic injections should be carried out by medical personnel. Their spokesperson said:
“Treatment with dermal fillers has clear benefits but also risks – it is not just about who can wield a syringe but who will have the capabilities to deal with any possible complications.”
Dr John Quinn
These suggestions of better regulation are welcomed by Dr John Quinn, who not only has extensive experience and medical qualifications but even trains other medical professionals in carryout out safe and effective cosmetic skin treatments.
Dr Quinn has a well established private skin clinic based in Clifton Bristol as well as a newer London clinic based in Blackheath, Greenwich.
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