Health and Beauty with Imogen Thorp

Dermal fillers have been widely used but restrictions are likely, and beauticians need to take care if they are using them

Dermal fillers have been widely used but restrictions are likely, and beauticians need to take care if they are using them

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Dermal fillers are used to correct scarring, wrinkles and other depressions in the skin.

There are over 100 types here in the UK and up until recently they could all be injected without prescription by anyone and anywhere.

The quick procedure often takes 30 minuets to complete and often promises no pain.

Last week the media highlighted the real risks in the beauty industry as the NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh announced a clampdown on beauty salons offering injectables and fillers.

The “non-surgical” service has become increasingly popular in salons over recent years with some beauty therapists holding no qualifications or medical knowledge at all.

The regulations have been put in place after the growing concern last year as the British Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) claimed seven in 10 surgeons had seen patients complaining of complications from dermal fillers.

Keogh labeled the dermal fillers market as a “crisis waiting to happen” and chsanges are planned which will have significant implications for salons and clinics that choose to carry out these services.

Rules and regulations have also been put in to place in recent years for teeth whitening as beauty salons created risks in oral health due to untrained practices.

Mouth-guards provided that don’t fit properly can lead to gel leaking onto your gums, causing blistering and sensitivity.

It is now illegal to carry out teeth whitening without registering with the General Dental Council.

As standards are yet to be put in place for derma filler procedures it’s so important that we are extra careful when we show interest in these services.

It’s up to us to do our research and make sure our questions and concerns are answered and resolved when we go ahead.