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Britain Launch Botox Industry Register

Britain Launch Botox Industry Register

British Government launch Botox and cosmetic injectable register…

The British government has launched a new register that calls for those who perform Botox and injectable fillers to become officially approved. Those hospitals and outpatients wards that meet the requirements will receive a quality assurance mark.

The voluntary register, which features standards set by the Independent Healthcare Advisory Services’, hopes to reduce the number of botch surgeries caused by the appropriate administering of cosmetic injectables.

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Britain Launch Botox Register

According to the IHAS there are more than 5,000 providers of cosmetic injectables in the UK, who between them, carry out an estimated 200,000 treatments each year.

But other figures that suggest many more people are undergoing these types of procedure have health experts concerned that more and more people are opting for treatments by substandard practitioners who conduct their procedures in unsuitable locations.

IHAS director Sally Taber said.

Weve heard stories of Botox parties and people going to even garden sheds [to have treatment]…

Its just amazing that the general public think that they can have an injection into their face in a nail bar, a garden shed or at a Botox party, because you are dealing with a prescription medicine…

They can cause permanent damage. The patient will be reminded all their lives that theyve gone to an inappropriate practitioner who wasnt appropriately qualified,

The new register will be funded by the treatment providers who must pay a registration and an annual fee to become and remain officially approved.

One of requirements set by the new register is that all patients must receive a face-to-face consultation before deciding to opt for the treatment. The procedure must also take place in a registered location that must be open to random inspections conducted by a third-party agency.

Most importantly, those administering the treatment must also have the correct training, with only doctors, dentists and registered nurse being eligible.

Ms Taber explained:

Occasionally a patient could have an anaphylactic shock when the patient has a reaction to the medicine and collapses and may need a tube down their throat to ensure their airway is sufficient for them to breathe again…

We dont feel that it is appropriate for a beauty therapist to have that kind of responsibility.

If injected incorrectly, Botox and injectable fillers can result in uneven contours. There can also be problems with allergic reactions and infection. For this reason, it’s extremely important for the procedure to be conducted by a professional with who is highly experienced.

However not all involved in the industry are happy. The new register has sparked off criticism from plastic surgeons who claim that, in a recent poll among members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, only 4% said they would consider signing up.

The seemingly scant support from plastic surgeons has not deterred external support from those who must now endure a life of suffering as a result of botched Botox or injectable fillers.

Michael Saul, a Manchester-based solicitor who specializes in representing the victims of substandard cosmetic surgery and injectable treatment said:

You find a whole raft of problems following these treatments. Theres asymmetry if they are not injected correctly, you can have lumps and nodules which look extremely unsightly in prominent areas of the face. There are problems with infection and terrible allergic reactions.

Describing a current case he is working on, Saul said:

The dermal filler has migrated from the nasolabial fold into the eye orbit and is causing problems with vision. Its going to be very difficult and dangerous to remove it from the eye orbit and it carries a risk of blindness.

He also added that the number of people seeking compensation after botch surgeries is likely just the tip of the iceberg.

A lot of people dont know where to run if they have problems so dont do anything. If something goes wrong after an aesthetic procedure, a common psychological reaction for people is to blame themselves. A lot of people want to lock themselves away.

Successful or not, the new register will surely raise the nation’s awareness to the increasing number of risky, substandard injectable treatments being carried out in the UK.

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