Laurence Vick
Posted on 13 Feb 2014

Botox and Fillers to be Controlled

Cosmetic surgery regulation under government scrutiny

Changes to the cosmetic industry are due to be announced by the government, with surgeons and lawyers welcoming the moves to regulate the ever-expanding range of available treatments.

Botox injections, chemical peels and dermal fillers, previously available for use by anyone, will become regulated activities. Only those with specific training will be able to administer these treatments.

A Department of Health review last year, led by Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, recommended that elements of the cosmetic industry come under closer scrutiny, with new legislation and guidelines to shore up changes.

The recommendations include updating the existing advertising guidelines, and specifically a ban on financial inducements such as two-for-one, or as in some cases, 'mother-daughter' offers. Patient information should also be made more comprehensive, with greater focus on the qualifications of surgeons and the procedures in place for when things go wrong. The government is considering the proposals this week.

Cosmetic surgery facts (statistics from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons)

  • 50,122 procedures were performed in the UK in 2013, up 16.5% on the previous year
  • Liposuction procedures were up 41%, and breast augmentations 13%
  • Male procedures were up by 16%, with men accounting for one in ten cosmetic treatments

You can read articles on legal consent and bringing a claim when things go wrong here.

The Daily Telegraph article on the changes to cosmetic regulation can be read here.

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