TREATMENTS such as tooth whitening, Botox and dermal fillers have been included in a major Government review on cosmetic surgery.
The Department of Health has launched the broad ranging review in the wake of the PIP breast implant scandal and it could result in tighter regulations of the cosmetic surgery industry, including procedures routinely carried out in dental practices.
The Government is asking for views on the regulation and safety of products used in cosmetic interventions and how best to ensure that practitioners have the necessary skills and qualifications and organisations have systems in place to look after patients both during and after treatment. It will also consider how to make certain that people considering cosmetic surgery and procedures are given the information, advice and time for reflection needed to make an informed choice, and what improvements are necessary to adequately deal with complaints. Both the BDA and the GDC are expected to submit responses.
NHS Medical Director Professor Sir Bruce Keogh, who is leading the review, said: "The recent problems with PIP breast implants have shone a light on the cosmetic surgery industry. Many questions have been raised, particularly around the regulation of clinics, whether all practitioners are adequately qualified, how well people are advised when money is changing hands, aggressive marketing techniques, and what protection is available when things go wrong."
A team of experts will assist Sir Bruce to gather evidence and make recommendations to the Government by next March. Access the review on the DoH website.