The UK is the only developed country in the world that allows non-medical people to administer Botox and fillers. Dr. Ahmed El Muntasar, a doctor who specializes in facial aesthetics, agrees: “I think it will be amazing for patient safety and the protection of at-risk patients from malignant injectors,” he says, “and people who don`t have the medical training to be able to inject. But more importantly, it`s about dealing with complications, and that`s where your medical training comes in. He continues: “I think it`s time for such a law to be passed in the UK, the UK is the only developed country in the world that allows non-medical people to administer Botox and fillers.” The FDA monitors online platforms for these unapproved needle-free devices, as well as dermal fillers intended for use with needle-free injection devices. We also want patients and providers to be vigilant in understanding which products have been approved by the FDA and the dangers of using unapproved products, some of which may be irreversible. The FDA will continue to warn the public and take additional action if necessary to protect public health. This week, the UK government announced plans to introduce an authorisation framework to tackle unregulated non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and dermal fillers. The new rules will be introduced in the form of an amendment to the Health and Care Act and will require doctors to comply with safety, training and hygiene standards that will soon be established. The move follows the introduction of the Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act, which came into force last October and meant that people under the age of 18 could no longer receive Botox and lip fillers for cosmetic reasons. Under the new laws, people who perform non-surgical cosmetic treatments must have a license.
The government hopes this will protect against renegade `cosmetic cowboys` after Health Secretary Sajid Javid said “far too many people were scarred emotionally and physically” when things went wrong. The move follows last year`s ban on under-18s receiving Botox and skin fillers for cosmetic purposes. It will soon be illegal to inject Brits with Botox and unlicensed lip fillers to weed out shady suppliers. Clinics and salons have already been banned from administering Botox and lip fillers to those under 18 except for medical reasons. An amendment to the Health and Care Act, to be adopted tomorrow (Tuesday, 1. March) would give the Minister of Health and Social Services the authority to introduce an authorization system for Botox and fillers, the scope and details of which will be determined by significant commitments, including public consultation. One of the report`s recommendations is to provide Botox-compliant dermal fillers only by prescription. It recommends minimum training and qualification standards for practitioners performing non-surgical cosmetic procedures and a two-part consent process, which should include a comprehensive medical and mental health history and a 48-hour cooling-off period. Advertising for treatments must bear a kite mark and a warning logo, the committee recommended. Existing and new regulations must be properly enforced, and a new safety working group should ensure that a coordinated approach is in place to verify practitioners` compliance with the law.
The public will be protected from botched Botox and fillers as the government confirms plans to introduce an approval system for non-surgical cosmetic procedures. “It`s about dealing with complications, and that`s where your medical training comes in,” he says. “It is very important to ensure that anyone administering Botox or fillers has the knowledge and expertise to do so. You have to ask yourself, and if you block a blood vessel, and if you endanger the blood supply to the eye, what can you do? Patient Safety Minister Maria Caulfield said: “The proliferation of images on social media has contributed to an increase in demand for cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers. While these can be administered safely, we are seeing an unacceptable increase in the number of people suffering from physical and mental scarring due to poorly performed procedures. Until now, non-surgical cosmetic treatments – such as Botox and fillers – could be administered by an unqualified doctor with little consumer protection. “After so many years of campaigning for increased regulation of our industry – including contributing and providing evidence to APPGs and other industry agencies – BABTAC is pleased that the government today announced its intention to introduce a national approval system for non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as botulinum toxins and fillers.