Breakfast seminar looked at recommendations for improving the safety of the popular cosmetic procedure
Following an independent review into cosmetic surgery, led by medical director of the NHS Sir Bruce Keogh and featuring a panel of members including Marie Claire editor Trish Halpin, medical experts met today at the House of Lords to discuss the future of dermal fillers.
At the moment dermal fillers are not a prescription-only medical device, effectively meaning anybody can inject another person with fillers.
If administered by an untrained person, complications can occur, from minor swelling, bruising and rashes to delayed visual impairment and anaphylactic shock in the most serious cases.
Medical experts came together to the Cholmondeley Room in the House of Lords this morning to listen to a breakfast seminar, headed by Baroness Morris, the chairperson of the Department of Health-backed register of regulated cosmetic injectable providers Treatments You Can Trust.
John Wilkinson OBE, Director of Devices at the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MRHA) said they recommend a register for dermal fillers, improved training and proposed new EU legislation which would make them prescription only.
These ideas were echoed by Tania Gelderd, regulatory affairs leader for medical devices at leading pharmaceutical manufacter Allergan, who said the EU medical devices directive should be extended to cover all cosmetic implants.
Sally Taber, director of Treatments You Can Trust said: ‘Coming out of a hairdressers with fillers is totally unacceptable.’
We agree with these experts. Our #TakeAGoodLook Campaign demands:
• a register for practitioners and procedures
• standardised information for patients
• a ban on special offers and procedures as prizes
• a code of practice for advertising
• training courses for non-surgical procedures
• fillers to be made prescription-only
• a national breast implant registry
• an impartial organisation to turn to when things go wrong
So please, sign our petition if you think women should be empowered, informed and safe about cosmetic procedures.
You can read the full report regarding a ‘cosmetic crisis waiting to happen’ here.