UK review warns on cosmetic injections, urges tougher rules

Tue Apr 23, 2013 7:01pm EDT
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* Dermal fillers "a crisis waiting to happen", review says

* Call for products to be made prescription only

* UK review prompted by PIP breast implant scandal

LONDON, April 24 (Reuters) - Cosmetic treatment needs tougher regulation, particularly over the use of injectable anti-wrinkle fillers, which are a "crisis waiting to happen", according to a British review of the multibillion-dollar sector.

An independent panel, commissioned by the government in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal last year, said on Wednesday that dermal fillers should always need a prescription and only qualified people be allowed to use them.

Bruce Keogh, the National Health Service medical director who led the review, said non-surgical interventions such as fillers, Botox and laser therapy accounted for nine out of 10 cosmetic procedures but were "almost entirely unregulated".

"In fact, a person having a non-surgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection and redress than someone buying a ballpoint pen or a toothbrush," his review said.

Dermal fillers were a particular cause for concern as anyone could set up as a practitioner, with no training requirement, resulting in explosive market growth.

"It is our view that dermal fillers are a crisis waiting to happen," the review said.   Continued...