Dr Singh who runs his botox clinic in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, in his latest blog shares the points made by a recent Government paper released last month.
This review of cosmetic procedures such as botox and dermal fillers were brought baout after the recent PIP scandal. The paper startred by giving an overview of the industry.
There is a growing UK market for surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
|Around 90% of procedures are carried out on women.
Growth in the sector reflects increasing cultural acceptance of cosmetic procedures, particularly amongst young people.
There is a lack of reliable and comprehensive data on the range and number of procedures performed and medical complications resulting from non- surgical treatments.
Some cosmetic treatments are currently unregulated, despite the potential health risks to consumers.
Regulators are faced with several challenges, including the international nature of the market and enforcing regulations intended to protect the public from harm.
Then the paper discussed the recent Keogh report and its recomendations.
The Keogh Review: the Department of Health’s Independent Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions Primarily in response to the PIP breast implant scandal, the DH commissioned a review by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh of the regulation of cosmetic interventions. The PIP scandal involved breast implants which had unusually high rupture rates. The report identified ethical and regulatory challenges raised by the cosmetic sector, including:
loopholes in European and national regulation of cosmetic products and devices
the use of prescription products and other treatments by unlicensed
lack of professional oversight of those performing non-surgical
absence of or inadequate screening of patients for psychological
and health issues by some providers
lack of legal redress for consumers when things go wrong
misleading advertising and marketing practices.
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