The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (known as NICE) have expressed concerns over the risks of infection for patients who have injectable treatments such as botox or fillers with certain practitioners.
NICE is updating its advice, stressing the importance of sterile needle and syringe programmes to prevent the risk of sharing disease.
BAAPS (the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons) have been campaigning for tighter regulation in the sector. Their president Rajiv Grover, who is a consultant plastic surgeon, explained:
“Due to the lack of regulation in the cosmetic sector it is impossible to know how many patients could be at risk of blood borne diseases from needle sharing with either Botox or fillers.
“These should be considered medical procedures and BAAPS has campaigned for over a decade to have this field of non-surgical cosmetic treatments tightly regulated.”
“The dangers of sharing needles in cosmetic injectables are so great that any practitioner who does this should be considered guilty of a criminal offence and nothing less.”
Meanwhile, a spokesperson for Allergan, who manufacture Botox, said it is a prescription-only medicine which should only be administered by a trained and qualified medical healthcare professional.
“These treatments should be carried out by appropriately trained and qualified medical practitioners, who have high levels of expertise in full-face anatomy and can provide sufficient aftercare and redress for the patient in the event of an adverse event.”
New guidelines have been recommended to further control the industry, including making dermal fillers a prescription only medicine like botox; which should restrict the potential for non-medical personnel.
Meanwhile, patients are advised to choose a qualified doctor who is experienced in practising cosmetic injections.
Dr John Tanqueray, owner of Mulberry House Clinic based in Northamptonshire, has worked in the industry for over a decade; having received his medical qualifications in 1984. He has treated thousands of patients over the years and has extensive medical and aesthetic experience.
He upholds the highest standards of medical practice and patient care and also works as a trainer for other medical professionals.
Mulberry House Clinic & Laser Centre
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