Friday , April 16 2021

Cosmetic procedures: Firms warned of "duty of care"

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A top physician in England says cosmetic procedures practitioners should be trained to help protect vulnerable customers from "quick repairs."

Dr. Stephen Powis believes that providers should be officially registered and trained to spot people with a body image or other mental health problems.

NHS England says that only 100 out of 1,000 doctors are registered right now.

And a charity says procedures such as Botox can have a harmful impact on the mental health of young people.

Professor Powis, medical director of the NHS England, wants professionals who provide procedures such as fillers and injections to join the new Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners.

He says that too many providers "function as the law itself."

He welcomed the move by some doctors to train their clients for cosmetic anti-aging treatments, calling it a "big step forward".

But he said the numbers are still very low.

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And he warned clients that they still need to check the firms properly before having cosmetic procedures, which include injections of botulinum toxins – such as Botox – fillers, skin scales, lasers and hair restoration surgery.

Professor Powis said: "We know that the look is one of the things that matter most to young people, and the bombardment of idealized images and the availability of fast-fix procedures helps to promote mental health and the anxiety epidemic."

But the NHS could not be "left to pick up the pieces," he added.

"We need all parts of society to show the duty to take care and take action to prevent a danger that can be avoided."

By registering in the council, a new professional body, practitioners will agree to undergo online training for:

  • recognizing the signs and symptoms of vulnerability and mental ill health
  • the psychology of appearance
  • tells clients where to get help if they show signs of being vulnerable

"Damage" mental health

A dysmorphic disorder of the body is a mental health condition that can cause people to be extremely anxious due to their appearance and to make them more likely to turn to quick correction procedures that do not help in the underlying psychological state.

It affects about one in 50 people.

Kitty Wallace, of the Foundation for Dysmorphic Disease of the Body, says: "Cosmetic procedures like Botox are now widely available on the high street, putting people at risk and can have a harmful impact on the mental health of young people.

"It's great to see the NHS and professionals who make changes to the sea, but we now need all sections of society to change their attitudes and take action to protect vulnerable individuals."

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