Dermal Filler Regulation- What Is Going On?

dermal filler regulation

With increasing clamour for regulation in the aesthetic industry, dermal fillers have come under the lens again. The Guardian has recently talked about dermal filler regulation. This blog will summarise what is going on!

What has been said?

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons have issued a warning about the lack of regulation in the industry. We already know the dangers of going to see a non-medical professional to have cosmetic surgery (click here for Rachael Knappier’s horror dermal filler).

Unlike many other countries- anyone can inject a dermal filler in the UK. This has meant there has been many beauticians and non-medical professionals picking up a needle and syringe to inject a patient’s face. Needless to say, there has been a sharp increase in complications.

MPs are now becoming concerned with the increasing pressure from healthcare professionals to have the industry more regulated. A Save Face report found a total of 934 complaints about non-surgical procedures in 2018- this was an increase of over 200% from 2016! Approximately 60% of these complaints were patients concerned about their dermal filler treatment with half of these patients having to have their treatment corrected by an actual healthcare professional. Worryingly, 11 patients ended up in A&E.

At The Treatment Rooms London, we make it clear- if you are a patient you need to have a clear idea of who you are seeing for treatment. They should be a medical professional (e.g. Doctor or Surgeon) and they should have sound understanding of the medical treatments they are providing. If your injector can’t answer your questions, can’t take you through the risks of a procedure and can’t manage any complications that can arise- that is a big red flag! Read more about this topic by clicking (here).

What is the current dermal filler regulation?

Dermal fillers are classified as a medical device in Europe. This means they don’t have to go through the stringent testing that medicines have to go through. Unlike America which has 10 approved dermal fillers. Europe has a whopping 160 approved dermal fillers!

At The Treatment Rooms London we are seeing patients coming to see us to have their dermal filler corrected. Often they have seen an inexperienced non-medical injector who has sourced their filler online. These fillers are usually poor quality, cheap and unregulated. If you knew the substance that was being injected in your face didn’t meet stringent medical tests would you still agree to have treatment?

What happens at The Treatment Rooms London?

At The Treatment Rooms London we source all our fillers directly from approved, vetted and regulated manufacturers. This means our patients receive high quality fillers. No corners or costs are cut to ensure high quality and safe care for our patients. All our injectors are Doctors and Surgeons- not nurses or allied healthcare professionals.

Our Doctors and Surgeons go through all risks of treatment before commencing any procedure. In our dedicated, purpose built clinic, procedures are performed in a sterile environment. Being a CQC-registered clinic for cosmetic surgery we are able to perform a wide range of procedures- legally meeting the high standards of CQC regulation. If you wanted to find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact us today.

References

  1. https://www.theguardian.com/society/2019/jan/29/plastic-surgeons-call-for-tougher-uk-rules-on-dermal-fillers?CMP=share_btn_fb
  2. https://www.saveface.co.uk/wp-content/uploads/2018/11/Save-Face-Consumer-Complaints-Report-2017-18-FINAL-1118.pdf
  3. https://www.who.com.au/do-you-need-fillers-where-when-how
  4. https://krcrtv.com/news/shasta-county/redding-woman-charged-after-allegedly-injecting-botox-without-a-license
  5. https://www.treatmentroomslondon.com/beautician-dermal-fillers/

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