Patients at risk from non-surgical cosmetic procedures

Patients that undergo non-surgical cosmetic treatments may be taking extra risks and possibly exposing themselves to permanent damage according to a new report that was published this week by the NHS. This is due to the fact that the people offering the non-surgical options do not have the proper training and therefore are more prone to mistakes.

Sir Bruce Keogh the NHS medical director stated in the report that the NHS will issue a recommendation by the end of the month to help advise patients on how to make sure that they are in the right hands when they have a cosmetic surgery. The NHS decided to launch an investigation into the matter after the PIP breast implants mishap.

The recommendation is expected to include a new law that will require everyone from trained doctors to beauty therapists to display formal qualifications to their patients before they can actually offer any treatments.

Keogh stated that the main concern of the NHS was non-surgical procedures such as laser treatment for wrinkles, dermal fillers, and hair reduce which make up as much as 90% of the cosmetic surgery industry and are for the most part unregulated.

He added that they hear too often of cases that hurt the overall image of the cosmetic surgery industry and it is a concern that some people offering these treatments do not have the right type of training causing high risks to patients.

Keogh went on to say that research by the NHS has shown that there is a very strong need for better recognised and quality training for all people that are performing cosmetic operations and the review will include several different recommendations that should help to keep all patients safe. The review was originally requested by Andrew Lansley the Health Secretary.