The growing accessibility of cosmetic surgery procedures is seen as a good thing for the beauty conscious. But there are still risks involved in even the most minor of nips and tucks.
No longer just for the rich and famous, cosmetic surgery is now accessible for the beauty- and youth-conscious masses. It is possible to get botox or dermal filler injections in your lunch break – a service offered by many beauty salons and high street chemists.
As cosmetic surgery has become more and more popular, has the perceived risk associated with certain procedures been downgraded?
Very few beauty practitioners carrying out these procedures have medical experience for when complications arise.
There are plenty of examples. Stars left with a ‘trout pout’ because their lips have been pumped with too much collagen. There are others who can barely change their facial expression because they’ve had too many facelifts and/or too much botox.
Nigel Mercer of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) says, “There is significant concern that clients experiencing minor complications could go on to develop more significant complications because the beauty therapist is not trained to deal with those complications. It is one of the reasons why there is a call to reclassify dermal fillers as medicines rather than medical implants. There needs to be greater scrutiny of the practitioners carrying out cosmetic procedures. This includes making sure that surgeons are on the specialist register of the General Medical Council. ”
Underwriter Sharon Brennan at WR Berkley comments, “The cosmetic industry has seen explosive growth over the last few years. The lack of regulation allows individuals who have little or inadequate formal training to carry out cosmetic techniques. This can lead to disastrous results and consequences.”