Cosmetic surgery leaders have criticised Government pledges on treatment which they say represent a ‘wasted opportunity to ensure patient safety’
Along with many other medical professionals, we are deeply disappointed and worried by the Governments ruling and the lack of lack of proper regulation put forward by the Government’s response to an independent review into the future of the sector.
Ministers have failed to agree to a key recommendation from NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh, whose review followed the PIP breast implant scandal.
He wanted to make injections or ‘fillers’ to plump up the skin only available on prescription. There will also be no compulsory, central register of practitioners – whether for surgical, or non-surgical procedures such as fillers – as recommended by Sir Bruce.
The Governments decision has been described by cosmetic leaders as ‘appalling’ and a ‘wasted opportunity’. The President of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has stated that; “Frankly, we are no less than appalled at the lack of action taken – this review, not the first one conducted into the sector, represents yet another thoroughly wasted opportunity to ensure patient safety. With all the evidence provided by the clinical community, choosing not to reclassify fillers as medicines with immediate effect or setting up any kind of compulsory register beggars belief. Legislators have clearly been paying only lip service to the sector’s dire warnings that dermal fillers are a crisis waiting to happen.”
As a medical clinic, run by medically trained cosmetic doctors, we place ultimate emphasis on conducting our business and offering services to patients in a safe and regulated medical environment, by professional hands. We will not compromise on patient safety and have never offered dermal fillers or botulinum toxin treatments to patients, by any practitioners that are not medical doctors, something that we find alarming and distressing.
As has been widely concluded in the cosmetic sector, dermal fillers are a ‘crisis waiting to happen’, with treatments being offered by non-medics, in an unregulated environment. Many of the people carrying out these treatments are not qualified to do so and patients are not aware of this.
We urge patients to ensure they are fully informed about who is carrying out any cosmetic treatment. Know the doctor, know the clinic, know everything about the establishment and the people that you seek treatment from. Sadly it is down to the individual to ensure their own safety until the Government moves in a positive direction to readdress the ruling, ensuring patients can only enter into a safe and regulated system.