Dermal fillers may be non-surgical cosmetic treatments, but they are still medical procedures and should only be performed by fully trained practitioners, experts have advised.
A recent ITV documentary, Face to Face, highlighted the importance of visiting a qualified cosmetic doctor when considering a non-surgical cosmetic treatment.
According to the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BACD), a doctor is generally regarded as competent to practice cosmetic medicine after six years of undergraduate training, two years of postgraduate training and a further two years of cosmetic experience.
BACD president and cosmetic doctor Dr John Curran commented: "Without clear regulation it appears it is a 'buyers beware' market open to abuse. It is clear from the Face to Face documentary that the prescribing and administration of dermal fillers needs to be regulated."
Dr Patrick Bowler agreed that members of the public should only be treated by a properly trained doctor, dentist or nurse.
"Cosmetic dermatology must, no ifs or buts, be delivered in a safe medical environment by a competent, well trained healthcare professional who makes your interests as the patient his or her first concern. It may be cosmetic but it is still medicine," he said.
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