NHS Review Will Call For Better Regulated Cosmetic Treatment
Spencer Private Hospitals are incredibly proud of their cosmetic surgery in Kent and are driven to provide first class cosmetic surgery. We are ahead of the news…
A recent article in The Times (1st April 2013) reports that a review led by NHS Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, has been undertaken to substantiate the need for tougher regulation of cosmetic treatments such as Botox®.
The Times state that the cosmetic interventions industry was worth £2.3 billion in 2010 and non-surgical procedures — such as dermal fillers or laser treatment for wrinkles or hair reduction — make up 90 per cent of this sector. However, the industry remains largely unregulated with few controls over who can perform these procedures or where.
The review will recommend that practitioners, such as beauty therapists and doctors who give dermal filler injections, should have formal qualifications before they can offer treatments.
According to The Times the review, commissioned by ministers, is expected to call for new laws to ensure anyone performing these treatments – including doctors — is competent and accountable.
This will require getting a qualification to perform and supervise aesthetic treatments, or a qualification to perform aesthetic treatments under the jurisdiction of a qualified clinical professional.
Sir Bruce said: “There is a clear need for better quality, recognised training for the people performing these operations.” The recommendations have received a cautious welcome from the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, the industry trade body.
Dr Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “We agree that specialised training is required and certainly more extensive than the many widely promoted weekend courses currently available, but aesthetic injectables should only ever be provided by medical professionals.
“It is known that dermal fillers have a physiological effect on skin such as stimulating the production of collagen and many of them also contain local anaesthetic. These factors make these substances, in essence, a medicine.”
With Spencer Private Hospital in Ashford and Margate you can be confident that our fully qualified and reputable surgeons will administer all cosmetic procedures. Non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox®, dermal fillers or laser treatment for wrinkles or hair reduction can all be treated at Spencer Private Hospitals in Kent.