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UK regulations mean that dermal fillers need not be prescribed by a
doctor (1). Anyone can inject them.
Similarly, potent lasers, capable of blinding people, are being sold
in Britain to persons, who are not medically qualified, for them to
administer laser treatments in beauty salons.
Dermal fillers, botulinum and lasers are potent treatments with the
potential for serious adverse effects. The public would be better
protected if these treatments were only available through medical or
Self regulation by market forces is not sufficient to protect the
Christopher Rowland Payne
Secretary-General European Society of Cosmetic & Aesthetic Dermatology
The London Clinic, 149 Harley Street, London W1G 6HL firstname.lastname@example.org
No competing interests
20 August 2009
Christopher ME Rowland Payne
The London Clinic, 5 Devonshire Place, London W1G 6HL