Health experts are calling for injectable anti-wrinkle treatments to be regulated, claiming they are a “crisis waiting to happen”.
An independent review into cosmetic procedures has concluded that dermal fillers, which are also used to plump up lips, should be made prescription-only in the UK.
Across Europe there are 190 different types of fillers available, while in the US, where the items are “properly regulated”, there are only 14, according to the review.
Experts have found that the treatment is currently only regulated on the same level as an electric plug, and it should be upgraded to be classed as a medical device.
The group also said that there had been an “explosive growth” in the market for dermal fillers, which are readily available over the internet and are treatments which involve injecting a gel-like substance into wrinkle sites without the need for any private consultants.
Non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers and Botox account for nine in 10 cosmetic procedures, but the review board, set up in the wake of the PIP breast implant cosmetic surgery controversy, said they were “surprised” to learn that non-surgical treatments were almost entirely unregulated.
The review board report stated: “A person having a non-surgical cosmetic intervention has no more protection and redress than someone buying a ball-point pen or a toothbrush.”