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Surgeons condemn UK’s lack of action on regulating cosmetic treatments

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: (Published 17 February 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g1577
  1. Cosmetic surgery regulation criticised,
  2. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. 1BMJ

Surgeons have condemned the UK government for “wasting an opportunity to ensure patient safety” after it rejected advice to introduce tighter controls on the people and companies involved in cosmetic treatments.

The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, which represents most plastic surgeons involved in private practice, said it feared that the government’s inaction meant “business as usual” in the “Wild West” of the cosmetic surgery industry.

Last April the NHS’s medical director, Bruce Keogh, published his final review into the cosmetic treatment industry.1 This called for dermal fillers, which are currently regulated in the same way as toothbrushes and electric plugs, to be made prescription-only products that are regulated as medical devices. The review followed a scandal involving the French company Poly Implant Prothèse, which had been making breast implants using non-medical grade silicone.2

It …

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