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Plastic surgeons call for tougher UK rules on dermal fillers

februari 20, 2019

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A growing number of botched dermal filler procedures in the UK has prompted plastic surgeons to warn that better regulation is needed to protect patients from rogue practitioners.

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons made the intervention with the support of other industry bodies. It preceded a parliamentary debate on Tuesday on the dangers posed by non-surgical procedures such as dermal fillers, injections used to fill out wrinkles and creases in the skin.

MPs are considering concerns over increased risk after a Save Face report found there were 934 complaints about non-surgical procedures in 2018, up from 378 two years earlier.


On Tuesday, Alberto Costa, the MP for South Leicestershire, will lead the debate in Westminster Hall. “My interest in this matter stemmed following a meeting with my constituent Rachael Knappier, who suffered a terrible injury following a botched lip filler treatment,” the Conservative MP said. “Not only was I shocked to hear Rachael’s experience but similarly I was very concerned to hear that there are almost no regulations or safeguards in place for those who receive these kind of non-surgical treatments.”

Costa added that these types of procedures were readily available on the high street and could be administered by those with no medical or formal training, but “can pose a very serious health risk if not carried out properly”.