In the wake of the PIP breast implant issue, the focus now turns to the non-surgical treatments industry.
Moves have already been made to tighten up legislation around botox remote prescription, a practice that allowed doctors to prescribe botox without actually meeting the client.
Now attention is turning to cosmetic dermal fillers as the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) calls for the injection of dermal fillers to be more tightly regulated in order to protect patients.
Nigel Mercer, former president of BAAPS, said:
“We believe [fillers] should be a prescription drug only injected by a doctor.”
Currently, botox is a prescription medicine, but fillers are not and the industry is very poorly regulated. Practitioners need only attend a half day course to allow them to inject so fillers can legally be administered by hairdressers or beauticians. They are even quite widely available on the internet for self-injection.
There are also concerns about the lack of control on the dermal filler substances available.
Due to tighter regulation, only 7 fillers have been cleared for use in the USA, while over 150 are said to be available in the UK, sold legally without safety checks.
Nigel Mercer, former BAAPS president explained:
“There are reputable providers, but you see all the emails offering dermal fillers from China and we have no idea what they contain.”
Dermal Fillers, London
Fillers remain a popular option and can be highly effective in smoothing out creases or adding volume to fight the signs of ageing.
Doctors warn those seeking dermal or facial fillers are advised to only receive injectable treatments from trained professionals in a regulated clinic, such as Dr Barbara Kubicka at Clinicbe. A fully qualified doctor with additional specialist qualifications, Dr Kubicka has many years experience in working with dermal fillers. She has even spoken to industry peers at conference.
Dr Kubicka is known for her exceptionally natural, yet effective results. As a doctor, her credentials are impeccable.