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Complaints about non-surgical procedures ‘rising at alarming rate’ in UK Published Date: 05/06/2023

The Guardian reported that complaints about non-surgical Brazilian butt lifts and breast enhancements have risen at an “alarming” rate, up from fewer than five to 50 in a year, an industry body has revealed.

Ashton Collins, the director of Save Face, said the organisation had noted an “alarming” increase in complaints about these enhancements, which she said should be banned.

Save Face, a national, government-approved register of accredited non-surgical treatment practitioners, is calling for the procedures to be banned, while the Local Government Association has asked Westminster to take urgent action.

On Friday, a spokesperson for the Local Government Association said:

“Councils are concerned by the prevalence of these procedures and urge the government to bring forward its planned licensing regime without delay, and ensure councils have the compliance and enforcement capacity to take action against individuals and businesses carrying out these treatments.”

A spokesperson for the Department of Health and Social Care said it was taking forward work to

“introduce a licensing scheme for non-surgical cosmetic procedures in England, which will strengthen oversight of practitioners and businesses providing these treatments, and make it an offence for anyone to carry out specified non-surgical procedures without a licence”.

The Institute of Licensing is actively supporting work to introduce a national licensing scheme for non-surgical procedures.  We reported earlier this year on the Government's commitment to introduce a licensing regime for non-surgical aesthetics sector in England.

Last month, the City of Wolverhampton council became the first local authority in England to take action to stop the procedures.

A health and safety notice was served after an assessment on whether those carrying it out had the requisite skills and experience. A report identified the risks and complications associated with the procedure, including pulmonary embolism, sepsis, deep vein thrombosis, and fat and skin necrosis.

Source: Guardian