U.K. — There is no quick fix in cosmetic surgery

Recovering from Surgery

From the Guardian opinion piece:

…Understanding the intricacies of facial anatomy and physiology has taken me half a lifetime of rigorous medical training to master. Yet flimsy regulation means an individual can jump on to YouTube, watch a couple of “how-to” clips, order supplies online and set up as a bona fide consultant.

The dangers are clear. I have seen around 50 women in the past few years, some with allergies to filler, others with filler pouring out of their faces – many in need of multiple, complex procedures to restore their features. And it is clear numbers are increasing.

Health minister Philip Dunne recently said that the majority of these products were intended to be used in reconstructive surgery, and regulated medical professionals are bound by professional standards and terms of registration. But what of the budding hairdresser turned beauty consultant? Who is there to regulate these rogue practitioners?

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