Consumers should take care when considering heavily discounted non-surgical cosmetic treatments as they may be more likely to cause complications, experts have advised.
The British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD) is concerned that discount injectables administered by poorly trained practitioners may lead to an increase in related problems.
In light of this, the organisation is urging consumers to exercise caution and not simply go for the cheapest option.
Dr John Curran, cosmetic doctor and BACD president, conceded that people are keen to seek out cheaper non-surgical treatments in the current economic conditions.
"However, we are concerned that people may be tempted to 'shop around' for cheaper treatments which could lead to a surge in horror stories if administered by poorly trained practitioners," he noted.
Dr Curran noted that the dermal filler market is particularly open to abuse as it is unregulated at the present time.
He advised: "Cosmetic dermatology must be delivered in a safe medical environment by a competent, well trained healthcare professional who makes the patient's interests his or her first concern."
Anthony Erian, a cosmetic surgeon who has a practice in London's Harley Street, recently revealed that clinics have been feeling the pinch because women are delaying cosmetic surgery until their finances improve.
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