‘Wild West’ Conditions Emerging in England’s Cosmetic Surgery Industry
- Posted on: Dec 31 2013
Another cosmetic treatment scandal may be brewing in the U.K., highlighting the dangers that unregulated cosmetic procedures pose to patients’ health and well-being.
According to an article published in the Sunday Times, Mr Norman Waterhouse, former president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), has recently spoken out on the topic of cosmetic procedure regulation in the UK, claiming that “we have this ‘Wild West’, unregulated environment where you can actually sell surgery on the high street” –
This is not the first time the U.K. has faced controversy in the cosmetic surgery field. Two years ago, approximately 40,000 British women discovered they had received substandard breast implants. Mr Waterhouse maintains that nothing has really changed in terms of practice regulation since then. Many medical professionals agree.
Sir Bruce Keogh, the Medical Director of the NHS, urges that anyone performing any kind of cosmetic treatment must be registered and appropriately qualified to administer such treatment. This means that patients who are considering undergoing cosmetic surgical and non-surgical procedures should visit a suitably trained, experienced, board-certified clinician for their cosmetic needs.
Many patients seeking facial dermal filler injections and other non-surgical cosmetic treatments, most commonly injections such as botulinum toxin injections, are going to inappropriate practitioners for their procedures, and the lack of regulation of these treatments has resulted in many medical professionals suggesting that such procedures should be turned into prescription-only practices. BAAPS and BOPSS members are seeing an increasing number of complications of non-surgical cosmetic treatments undertaken by inappropriate practitioners.
The fact that so little regulation exists in the country to prevent improper administration of cosmetic treatments has slowly caused many of these injections and other procedures to appear ‘demedicalised,’ according to Mr Waterhouse. However, it is essential that anyone seeking cosmetic treatment visits a suitably trained, qualified, and experienced medical professional for their needs in order to be sure of safe standards of clinical care and to have the best chance of obtaining the optimal results they desire.
Mr. Leatherbarrow, a very experienced specialist surgeon, offers a wide range of non-surgical cosmetic treatments as well as specialized cosmetic surgery of the eyelids, the area around the eyes, and the upper and mid face. Such important areas should never be entrusted to someone who is lacking the proper credentials, so always be sure that your medical professional is appropriately trained and qualified and experienced with the procedures they are going to undertake for you.
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