If you live in Manchester, Liverpool or the surrounding area and are thinking about having dermal fillers, Save Face can help you avoid unnecessary risk.
Did you know?
Currently in the UK, non-invasive cosmetic procedures are nearly completely unregulated.
This means that treatments like dermal fillers (which are used to fill-in fine lines and wrinkles as well as to plump-up the lips) can be administered by anyone, regardless of their skills, knowledge or previous experience.
Dermal Fillers – The Risks
When administered incorrectly, dermal fillers can have disastrous effects on health and wellbeing.
Unwanted side effects can include:
- Nodules or granulomas in or under the skin
- Open or draining wounds
- Sores at the injection site
- Allergic reaction
- Necrosis (tissue death)
In April 2013, the Medical Director of the NHS for England, Sir Bruce Keogh, carried out a review of the regulations surrounding cosmetic interventions in the UK.
In this review, he highlighted that legally people having dermal fillers have no more consumer protection than if they had bought a ballpoint pen or a toothbrush.
Dermal fillers, unlike botulinum toxin (used in wrinkle-relaxing ‘botox’ injections), are not a prescription-only medication, and as such, aren’t covered by the same regulations.
The number of people seeking non-surgical cosmetic interventions has increased significantly over the past decade. This, along with the lack of regulation in the industry, has led to an explosion in the number of unqualified individuals administering these procedures.
These unethical individuals advertise themselves on the internet and in salons across the country, using low prices, time-sensitive deals and buy-one-get-one-free offers in order to gain the custom of unwitting consumers.
Thousands have been harmed by these rogue practitioners, but despite recommendations made by Sir Keogh in his review, the government has declined to act.
Find a Safe Practitioner in Manchester or Liverpool
Save Face is an independent and impartial accreditation scheme set up to reduce the risk that unsafe and unethical practitioners pose to the consumer.
By providing those seeking non-surgical cosmetic procedures with a means of connecting with experienced, properly qualified practitioners, we hope that we can stamp out unsafe practice in the UK.
All of the practitioners you will find using the Save Face search engine have been vetted onsite against our strict set of objective standards to ensure their safety.