More Calls for Better Dermal Filler Regulations

More Calls for Better Dermal Filler Regulations

A leading plastic surgeon told BBC Newsbeat that he thought it was “shameful” that dermal filler procedures still aren’t being better regulated.
This is despite Bruce Keogh’s review of the cosmetic procedures industry in April where he reported that the dermal fillers were the “next crisis waiting to happen.”
Dermal fillers are used to reduce the appearance of aging by filling lines and wrinkles and to add volume to the face.
Mr Rajiv Grover president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (Baaps) said that he was worried that anyone can carry out these procedures.
“There is very little regulation about fillers many of which we know are being used and can cause harm.”
He continued: “Given that knowing they can be harmful I think it’s shameful that nothing is being done.”
Bruce Keogh’s review claimed that the fillers were covered by the same level of regulation as toothbrushes.
Mr Grover is keen for the situation to improve but it worried it will all fall on deaf ears.
“There have been reviews before and none of the recommendations were taken up. Watch this space but don’t hold your breath.”
The cosmetic procedures industry is predicted to reach £3.6 billion by 2015.
The Department of Health said: “The government agrees with the principles of Sir Bruce Keogh’s recommendations. And we are considering the report carefully and will put our details response to parliament shortly.”
Read our earlier stories on cosmetic procedure regulations here and here

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