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Health experts call for tighter regulation of cosmetic treatments

Health experts in Wales are calling for tighter regulation of anti-wrinkle injections and lip fillers. They warn the procedures can cause blindness and disfigurement if they're not carried out correctly. But despite the health risks, there’s very little regulation in Wales to cover dermal fillers. Practitioners aren’t legally required to have any training or qualifications, and anyone can purchase the products. Save Face, which independently assesses clinics, has seen a rise in the number of people coming forward after botched beauty treatments.

Birmingham mum wins £130k compo after disastrous acid peel

A mother has been left with a beard of angry red scars after a clinic put too much acid in a chemical face peel. Mary Hope, 42, was left with scars similar to victims of acid attacks after she went for a facial at a Birmingham beauty parlour. The mother-of-four has been awarded £130,000 compensation after suffering three years of bullying for the permanent damage caused to her following the treatment. The distraught mother-of-four said she had no idea the beautician had never carried out an Obagi chemical peel before.

Celebrity make-up artist wins £154k over 'traumatic' thigh-sculpting operation

A celebrity make-up artist has won over £154,000 damages against a top cosmetic surgeon she accused of making her feel like a “freak”. Tracie Giles sued over an operation conducted by Dr Alexandra Chambers to sculpt her thighs. The result was “traumatic” and left her too embarrassed to go to the beach or spa, she told London’s High Court. It had left her “top heavy”‘ and she needed a breast reduction to compensate.

First cosmetic surgery certification issued by RCS

A Manchester surgeon has become the first in the country to be officially endorsed to perform cosmetic surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). The new certification was launched in January in a bid to better regulate cosmetic surgery and ease the minds of people hoping to go under the knife. The RCS has previously been vocal in its opinions on regulating cosmetic surgery, as last month it backed a Private Members’ Bill that had been tabled to look into the issue. And today, Gary Ross, a plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, has become the first to receive the new accreditation.

Cosmetic procedures practice and promotion ‘cause for serious concern’, says ethics think tank

New developments and marketing have made an increasing range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures – including botox, dermal fillers, implants, and skin lightening, as well as newer techniques such as ‘fat freezing’ and ‘vampire’ treatments – big business and widely accessible. Today the Nuffield Council on Bioethics publish a wide-ranging new report, Cosmetic procedures: ethical issues, which makes a series of recommendations that highlight areas of concern for the practice and promotion of invasive cosmetic procedures in the UK.

Cosmetic surgery checks so patients can check if doctors are trained

A former Health Secretary has tabled a bill to protect those going under the knife for cosmetic reasons.The changes would mean that consumers are able to check whether their doctor has any qualifications in the field in which they work.

Surgeons back Lord Lansley’s cosmetic surgery regulation bill

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) are backing an attempt by former health secretary Lord Lansley to change the law on cosmetic surgery.

Skin Cream Scammers Keep Stealing YouTube Personality’s Post-Botox Face

Skin cream ads on social media boast that their products are “better than Botox,” and they use impressive “before” and “after” images of a purported customer. The problem: The woman in the pictures didn’t give permission to use her image, and the pictures are from before and after her injections of actual Botox.

More than 500 women hit by shocking cosmetic surgery leak from Bondi clinic

A scandal-plagued Sydney cosmetic surgery clinic has leaked the confidential details of hundreds of women from around Australia in an extraordinary privacy breach. Teenagers are among those left shell-shocked after their names, home addresses, Medicare numbers and medical history were posted on the internet by The Cosmetic Institute in Bondi Junction.

Hacked plastic surgery photos published online

More than 25,000 private photographs have been posted online following a data breach at a plastic surgery clinic in Lithuania in March. Passport and credit card details were also stolen from the Grozio Chirurgija clinic, Lithuanian police said. After the release of hundreds of photos from the clinic in March, the rest of the database was published on Tuesday.

Jemma Lucy injects BOTOX into mate's face - despite being totally unqualified

Jemma Lucy has added another string to her bow, this time as an unqualified Botox practitioner having a go at beautifying her mate with a massive needle full of the wrinkle-smoothing filler.

Rugby ‘snake-oil salesman’ spared jail over fake slimming devices

A ‘snake-oil salesman’ was spared jail over his highly-profitable business renting out fake ‘ultrasonic liposuction’ slimming devices from his Rugby office. UK Weight Loss Network boss Aaron O’Brian Nickols advertised the devices, which he had bought from China for just £170 a piece, for rent at £49 a week to unsuspecting customers.

Conman fleeced customers out of £400k to use fake liposuction machines that promised to `shift stubborn fat fast`

Aaron Nickols advertised the liposuction machines after buying them from China - but some were actually designed for polishing metal and were classed as dangerous. A conman fleeced customers desperate to lose weight out of thousands of pounds by renting out fake liposuction machines.

Australia: Safety standards for cosmetic surgery set to be overhauled and may be moved into hospitals

Safety standards for patients undergoing cosmetic procedures such as boob jobs, tummy tucks, liposuction and facelifts, are expected to be overhauled in Queensland under a review launched by the Palaszczuk Government. As complex cosmetic procedures are increasingly being performed in doctors’ rooms rather than hospitals, concerns are growing within Queensland Health about the risk to patients, particularly in relation to anaesthesia.

Private Botox clinics now monitored by health watchdog

Private Botox clinics now monitored by health watchdog. Healthcare Improvement Scotland will now monitor the industry.The rules, which come into force on Friday, mean any clinic that fails to register with Healthcare Improvement Scotland will be committing an offence.

Nurse struck off for faking £3,300 in Botox prescriptions

Kate Matthew, 35, of Cwmbran, South Wales, photocopied blank prescriptions signed by a doctor for the Botox for luxury facial treatments in her personal business after her NHS work. The mother-of-two got six prescriptions by using the photocopied signature of a doctor she met on a course, a disciplinary hearing in Cardiff was told. She used the Botox for her private business - Kate Matthew Medical Aesthetics - specialising in lip fillers, eyebrow raises and face lifts. But she was snared when a pharmacy got in touch with the doctor with a query over one of the prescriptions.

China: Cheap cosmetic surgery can come with risks

With sales and injections of "imported" botox on the rise, experts have called for its use to be better regulated. Beijing News commented. Supposedly under strict supervision, the use of botox is prevalent in the Chinese cosmetic surgery industry. But while an injection can cost over 10,000 yuan ($1,460) in a similar hospital, an injection can cost just a few hundred yuan on the black market. For many potential buyers, although the source is unknown and the quality is not guaranteed, the price is cheap enough.

Hundreds of private clinics still to register ahead of first steps in crackdown on Scotland’s cosmetic industry

Hundreds of private clinics carrying out cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections, lip fillers and teeth whitening in Scotland are still to register with the industry watchdog just weeks before a new crackdown on the profession comes into effect. However, the new regulations, which come into force next month, will only apply to clinics run by doctors, dentists and nurses and will not include services offered by non-healthcare professionals such as beauticians and hairdressers.

Probe into South Shields nurse accused of botching treatments by BBC programme

A nurse from South Tyneside who has been accused of botching a series of cosmetic treatments is under investigation by a health standards watchdog. Claire Wilde, from South Shields, was the subject of a BBC investigation in which it was claimed treatments carried out by her went wrong.

Hong Kong doctors say beauticians should not handle high risk procedures and devices

Government to hold meeting next Monday with stakeholders over proposed regulations beauty therapy medical devices. A collective of Hong Kong doctor groups has argued that a number of risky medical devices and beauty procedures should be operated by them, not by beauticians.

Botox nurse who featured on Geordie Shore to be 'exposed' on TV on Monday night

BBC1's Inside Out claims Claire Wilde, from South Shields, left customers scarred after treatment. A nurse who allegedly left patients scarred after Botox treatment is to be exposed on TV on Monday night.

Tattoo artist known as `Dr Evil` `split customer`s tongue`

Brendan McCarthy, 47, from Wolverhampton, allegedly committed the offences at Dr Evil`s Body Modification Emporium. A tattoo artist, who is known as `Doctor Evil` is accused of splitting a customer`s tongue, removing and ear and slicing off someone`s nipple at his salon.

‘It’s time to speak out’- Nurse takes stand against rogue botox traders in Worksop

A concerned nurse is taking a stand against “rogue botox traders” in Worksop who she says are putting unsuspecting clients at risk of blindness, gangrene and other health complications. Cheryl Barton says it’s time to “speak out” on the issue after the National Aesthetic Nursing Conference unanimously voted that they have no confidence in non-health groups, such as beauticians, giving facial injections to the public.

Aesthetic nurses to take stand on Botox being administered by beauticians

An emergency motion condemning the injection of Botox and dermal fillers by non-health professionals, such as beauty therapists and hairdressers, is to be proposed at this year`s 6th National Aesthetic Nursing Conference at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. The event is organised by the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing (JAN).

Beautician facing trial over botox-like treatment at Dublin salon

Anne Rossi alleged to have supplied Dysport medicinal product without a prescription. A Dublin beautician is facing trial accused of illegally providing a botox-like treatment at her salon.

Breast implants and other medical items get safety barcodes

Barcodes are being printed on breast implants and other medical items to improve patient safety. The Department of Health initiative is to avoid future scandals like the PIP breast implant scare of 2010. Problems arose tracing nearly 50,000 British women who had been fitted with the faulty silicone implants.

Hospital accused of trying to gag patient after cosmetic surgery goes wrong

Cosmetic surgeons have been accused of trying to gag a North East mum who says “terrible treatment” left her unable to close her eyes. Stanley mum Dawn Knight received a letter from solicitors telling her that she wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone including her MP - according to the MP himself. Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to investigate.

Doncaster private hospital which carries out boob jobs needs improving, says health chief

A report from England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals rated Park Hill Hospital as requiring improvement following a Care Quality Commission inspection earlier this year. The facility, which is attached to DRI but is run privately by Ramsay Healthcare Group under the name Independent British Healthcare Limited, carries out treatments including cosmetic surgery such as breast enlargement, tummy tuck, liposuction and facial surgery.

Mum, 35, who unsuccessfully sued plastic surgeon slapped with £50,000 legal bill

Appeal judges rule there was nothing wrong with doctor's advice. A young mum who unsuccessfully sued a top plastic surgeon over her “droopy” breasts has been slapped with a crushing £50,000 legal bill. Claire Worrall, 35, had a boob job because she wanted “to look good for her wedding” after breastfeeding four kids shrunk her breasts from a DD to a C cup. She contacted Dr Helena Antoniadou through the Make Yourself Amazing website and went under the knife in 2010. But Mrs Worrall, from Huddersfield, claimed to be horrified by the results and sued Dr Antoniadou, alleging she was given negligent advice before the operation.

City clinic is first to sign Healthcare Improvement Scotland register

An Edinburgh clinic has become the first in Scotland to sign up to new legislation which is designed to safeguard people who undergo cosmetic procedures such as Botox and laser eye surgery. Dermal Clinic in Morningside is now established as the flagbearer for the cosmetic industry in Scotland after it was confirmed as the first practice to have successfully registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.

Man accused of causing grievous bodily harm with Botox appears in court

A MAN who allegedly dishonestly administered Botox has appeared before magistrates. Ozan Melin, 40 and of Pole Hill Road in Uxbridge, is alleged to have claimed to others that he was a "qualified and legitimate supplier, prescriber and administer of Botox". Melin is charged with three counts of inflicting grievous bodily harm without intent on dates in November 2011 and July 2016, as well as two counts of fraud by false representation. The alleged offences date back to November 2011 and July 2013 in Poole and Bristol.

Man charged with grievous bodily harm after allegedly falsely administering Botox in Bristol

A man is due in court charged with causing grievous bodily harm after he allegedly falsely administer Botox in Bristol. Ozan Melin, 40, faces three counts of grievous bodily harm and two counts of fraud by false representation.

Expert calls Chloe Goodman `laughable` over quality fillers claim

The Ex On The Beach star has opened her first clinic in Leeds for her company Opiah Cosmetics, which provides botox and fillers, after training for a year in the procedures. Her cosmetic industry venture comes after the star suffered botched fillers herself last year, which left her bruised and swollen. She said she hopes to bring quality to the industry with her high safety standards. However, Charles Durrant, a consultant plastic surgeon and member of The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), said that he thought it was "ironic" and that the brunette bombshell wanted to enter the industry after her own incident.

Cosmetic surgery firms accused of behaving like `double glazing salesmen`

Laws are needed to stop cosmetic surgery firms behaving like double glazing salesmen, says North Durham MP. New laws should ensure anyone seeking cosmetic surgery is offered counselling before they undergo procedures. Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, said “aggressive” marketing techniques should be banned - and said the way some cosmetic sugery firms behaved was "more appropriate for selling double glazing". He told the House of Commons: "We have here a classic example of the market not only failing but being used to exploit people, which is ruining their lives and costing the NHS millions of pounds a year." Mr Jones was speaking in the House of Commons to propose new laws to make cosmetic surgery safer.

Reality TV star Chloe Goodman trains in botox and fillers and opens clinic with no medical training

Ex on the Beach and Celebrity Big Brother star Chloe Goodman will be offering botox and filler treatments to members of the public at her new clinic in Leeds opening on October 13. The 23-year-old former page 3 model and Cameron Diaz body double announced the launch of Opiah Cosmetics on Twitter and Instagram saying “It’s been a long road with lots of studying and exams but I am overjoyed to be an aesthetic practitioner”. Under UK regulatory loop-holes surrounding cosmetic injectable treatments in the UK, Goodman undertook a course to enable her to train in botox and fillers but is not a trained medical doctor or nurse or even a qualified beauty therapist. She trained as an “aesthetic practitioner” with Cosmetic Couture who hit the headlines last year after controversially offering human head dissection courses to beauty therapists in order to train them in cosmetic injectables.

Jeremy Hunt under pressure to ban dodgy cosmetic surgeons three YEARS after Government pledge

Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt faces Commons pressure this week to ban unqualified cosmetic surgeons. Under the present system ANY doctor can do facelifts, nose jobs, breast implants and tummy tucks . But so many operations were botched the Government promised action three years ago - yet nothing happened. Now Labour MP Kevan Jones is to launch a Bill this week to fulfil a Royal College of Surgeons demand that cosmetic doctors must be licensed.

BAAPS, BAPRAS and ABS joint statement on NHS Digital breast implant registry

The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), Association of Breast Surgery (ABS) and the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) today welcome the launch of the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry, developed by a steering group with representatives from the three organisations.

Breast and cosmetic implant registry launched

A new registry to safeguard the health of patients with breast and other cosmetic implants has been launched. The registry will record the details of any individual who has breast implant surgery, so that they can be traced in the event of a product recall or other safety concern. The Department of Health asked NHS Digital to develop and manage the Breast and Cosmetic Implant Registry (BCIR) in response to the Keogh Review of the Regulation of Cosmetic Interventions.

BREASTXIT: A Clean Cut for the Aesthetic Sector

Surgeons Urge Government to Use EU Exit to Clean up Cosmetic Surgery ‘Wild West’ - An End to ‘Fly-in-Fly-Out’ Practitioners, Call to Make Injectables Prescription-Only, Invoice Hospitals Abroad Whose Botched UK Patients Land on NHS Doorstep. Brand new data unveiled at the British Association of Aesthetic Surgeons’ Annual Scientific Meeting reveals that; despite an extensive Government review, new for-profit agencies claiming to regulate the cosmetic sector and the launch of online educational resources for the public; a whopping 90% of surgeons have still recorded a dramatic rise in patients being dangerously misinformed about cosmetic surgery.

Botox-loving mum had 30 free treatments worth £10k including 'vampire' facials by volunteering for trials - Mirror Online

The 41-year-old mother began treatment after postnatal depression following the birth of her second child left her resenting her looks

Nurse forged doctor's signature to obtain thousands worth of Botox prescriptions

A nurse forged a doctor’s signature to obtain prescriptions for Botox worth more than £3,000 for her private beauty business. Registered nurse Kate Matthew, who worked as a health visitor for the Aneurin Bevan University Health Board, admitted six counts of fraud by false representation at Cardiff Crown Court . The court heard the 34-year-old, from Glaslyn Court in Cwmbran , met a qualified doctor while attending a course on Botox and fillers.

Poor cosmetic surgery clinics could be named

Cosmetic surgery clinics in England which are not up to standard could be named under new government proposals. The Department of Health is launching an eight-week consultation on Monday to expand the rating programme which is run by the Care Quality Commission. The government want the ratings to cover up to 1,000 facilities including those offering pregnancy termination services and substance misuse advice. The health secretary said it would help end the "lottery" of poor practice.

Bogus nurse gave Botox in her kitchen, investigation finds

A bogus nurse has been injecting people with Botox in her kitchen, a BBC investigation has found. Vivienne Baker, from Porthcawl, had claimed to be a midwife who was qualified to prescribe cosmetic treatment. However investigations following complaints from clients have found she is not registered with the nursing council, and a certificate she was displaying was fake. Ms Baker declined to comment. Untrained people are allowed to inject Botox, but only those who are suitably medically qualified are allowed to prescribe the substance, which Ms Baker told undercover reporters she was doing.

Colombia to ban cosmetic plastic surgery for minors

Colombia’s Congress is about to pass a law that will prohibit controversial cosmetic plastic surgery for minors, who in some cases receive risky breast or buttock implants as young as 15. Apart from reconstructive surgeries or operations required due to physical or psychological ailments, Colombia’s youth will soon have to wait until they are 18 to go under the knife. The law will also prohibit the use of minors as models in advertisements for all types of aesthetic procedures.

Embarrassing Bodies doctor wins court battle over botched nose job

A student who was left with a kink in her nose by a top plastic surgeon has failed in a £35,000 bid for compensation. Mijin Zahir, 27, said she asked Harley Street specialist Shailesh Vadodaria for an ideal nose with perfect symmetry. But waking up after the July 2010 operation, she said she was horrified to see the results of the procedure carried out by Mr Vadodaria, who has featured in Channel 4 show Embarrassing Bodies

Australia: Cosmetic surgery crackdown - Cooling off period for patients among tough new industry guidelines

Australia's booming cosmetic surgery industry will undergo a major crackdown, with the Medical Board introducing tough new guidelines for doctors. The industry overhaul will also include mandatory cooling off periods for patients who choose to go under the knife.

In the aggressive world of cosmetic surgery, patients cant afford to be naive

The lovely young woman on my medical rounds has a gaping hole on her forehead. The hole is deep and there is pus brimming from the side. The edges look macerated and discoloured and the stench emanating from it is noticeable. She looks like the victim of a vicious accident until we discover that this is the result of a cosmetic procedure gone wrong. She is flustered and angry, but mainly worried about the possibility of permanent disfigurement.

Australia: Call for crackdown on cosmetic industry

Cosmetic surgery patients will die unless Australia acts to regulate the booming industry. Thats the blunt message from plastic surgeons after an investigation by NSWs health watchdog found six breast implant patients at one clinic suffered potentially life-threatening complications during surgeries in the past year.

Rogue traders in Worksop adminstering cheap botox that could leave people bruised or even blind, warns nurse

Rogue traders in Worksop are administering cheap Botox and lip injections that can leave people bruised, deformed and even blind, a concerned nurse has warned. Cheryl Barton, a registered nurse and Botox practitioner at the Aesthetika clinic in North Anston, said she is appalled by the number of desperate clients coming to her in distress after being left with lopsided faces and other health complications as a result of these dodgy cosmetic treatments.

Caution for self-styled celeb botox nurse who offered woman refund to drop complaint

A self-styled celebrity Botox nurse has been cautioned by the watchdog for offering an unhappy customer a refund if she withdrew his complaint against him. John Parker was referred to the Nursing and Midwifery Council in January, 2015, after a woman was unhappy with a non-surgical aesthetic procedure provided by the Woolton nurse.