In recent years, there has been a sharp increase in people undergoing Botox and filler injections with many of these often being conducted by practitioners with little training and sometimes not in approved or registered premises. There is some concern around how easily accessible this treatment is and a particular rise in people suffering with body issues and depression.
A report published by the Commons Health and Social Care Committee states that between 5% and 15% of patients who present for cosmetic procedures meet a diagnosed criteria for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD), with BDD sufferers being among the most susceptible to the media’s normalisation of non-surgical procedures.
There is strong belief that the Government is not doing enough to understand the risks and to do more to ensure practitioners performing non-surgical procedures are appropriately trained in licenced premises.
As well as a lack of safeguarding, poorly performed procedures can also add to the challenges faced by recipients of such procedures.