Nearly 1,000 complaints about botched aesthetic procedures lodged last year

facial fillers

According to a new report published by HuffPost UK, in the past year alone there have been over one thousand complaints made in the UK as a result of Botox and filler treatments that have caused problems for patients who have opted for these procedures.

The results have been complied by an organisation called Save Face, which is the largest register of accredited non-surgical practitioners in the UK. Their findings suggest that the most common problem patients have been left with is infections, but patients have also reported unexpected lumps and bumps where a smooth finish was expected, and also bruising and swelling that was far in excess of what was expected.

This worrying trend is reflective of the fact that in the midst of growing popularity for non-surgical procedures such as Botox, chemical peels and facial fillers, this industry has been plagued with non-regulated practitioners, unethical advertising and recovery claims that are simply not backed by science.

Jackie Doyle-Price, who is a Conservative Party Health Minister, shared her thoughts on this growing issue: “Too often people are duped by cowboys who are providing dodgy cosmetic procedures, with false promises about results and recovery times. The truth is, if not undertaken in a reputable place, by a trained professional, these procedures can be dangerous and potentially cause life-threatening complications.”

If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is

There is a great deal of spurious advertising of non-surgical procedures, some which offer very quick ‘lunchbreak’ offers, others that promise to have you looking like the stars following a startling quick recovery period. The advice is to be wary of these claims, and spend time researching a reputable practitioner for even the least invasive of procedures.

If a procedure is not carried out by a regulated professional, then you have no assurance that the products or machines they are using are of a good quality, nor do you know if they have undergone the appropriate training to be able to properly carry out the procedures they offer.

An example of this is facial filler injections. These are really popular at the moment, with consumers flooded with opportunities of where to obtain these from, and a seemingly endless line of celebrities who are benefitting from the results. The market for facial fillers is currently unregulated, which means that any high street ‘clinic’ can offer these, and the dangers to consumers are widespread. UK law firm Pennington Manches explains that “incorrect placement of facial fillers can cause swelling, pain, hard lumps beneath the skin and, when injected into the retinal artery, can even cause blindness and strokes. If fillers are injected into blood vessels or too much filler is injected around blood vessels, it can cause compression which stops the blood flow to surrounding tissue and causes the cells to die.”

In light of the growth of non-surgical cosmetic offers, it is important that consumers are not swayed by offers, promotions and promises that can lead them to make decisions that could leave them at risk. When researching where to choose for non-surgical procedures, the amount of care and attention given to a practitioner’s credentials, training, experience and skill needs to be aligned with the care you would take if you were opting for a surgical procedure.