In a move to prioritize public safety, England’s Department of Health. Social Care has recently unveiled plans to ban unlicensed Botox and dermal filler providers across the country. The government’s decision comes amid a surge in popularity for non-surgical cosmetic treatments. Which has also brought an increased risk of complications from improperly administered procedures.
Non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as Botox and dermal fillers have grown in popularity in recent years. With social media influencers and celebrities frequently highlighting the ‘benefits’ of these therapies. An increasing number of individuals are seeking them out. However, alongside the uptick in demand, there has also been a rise in complications and health issues caused by treatments administered by unqualified individuals.
Out of the 900,000 non-surgical cosmetic operations performed in the UK every year, over 3,000 were forwarded to licensed practitioner service Save Face.
Unlicensed providers have long been a concern for health authorities and the public. Often operating without proper training or qualifications, these providers expose patients to numerous risks, including infections, scarring, and in some extreme cases, life-threatening complications.
The proposed new regulations aim to establish a more standardized and secure environment for individuals seeking cosmetic treatments. Under the proposed legislation, all providers would be obliged to achieve particular credentials and adhere to set safety requirements.
The public reaction to the news has been mostly favorable, with many medical experts and patient advocates applauding the government’s efforts. Dr. Sarah Jones, a board-certified dermatologist, stated, “This is a significant step toward ensuring that only qualified professionals are administering these treatments.” It not only safeguards the public, but it also contributes to the integrity of the medical profession.”
Despite the general optimism, some opponents think that the government should go even further. They claim that the new regulations should not just focus on Botox and fillers. But should extend to other types of non-surgical treatments as well.
The Department of Health and Social Care has initiated a public consultation on the draft regulations. Residents are encouraged to provide feedback. The consultation is scheduled to take several months, following which the government will make a final decision on the new laws’ adoption.
This declaration represents a significant shift in the landscape of non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England. It may establish a precedent for other nations to follow. The suggested improvements, which prioritize patient safety, are projected to drastically reduce the number of consequences caused by wrongly delivered therapies.
Botox-style injections or fillers for aesthetic purposes were made illegal in England last year. It’s also against the law to market the therapies to youngsters.
People and companies can participate in a consultation on the licensing regime on the government website until October 28.