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Only trained doctors should give Botox

29th January 2013

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) has called for only doctors, nurses and dentists to be allowed to provide treatments such as Botox.

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The RCS wants to stop so-called Botox parties and make changes to the current situation, where beauty therapists are permitted to give people filler and Botox injections.

RCS president Prof Norman Williams said: "While the colleges and professional organisations involved in cosmetic practice are neither regulators nor legislators, the profession has a responsibility to provide standards to which we would expect our members to work." 

"We have serious concerns that not all those who offer cosmetic procedures are adequately qualified, or that patients are getting accurate information prior to treatment. We hope these standards will feed into the ongoing review of the industry led by the NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, and improve quality of care for patients going forward." 

The RCS has created a list of standards for the cosmetic industry to follow. It has recommended that people who want cosmetic treatment should have a psychological assessment before the procedure.

It wants to see only "medically trained" people with "recognised qualifications" carrying out cosmetic procedures such as Botox and liposuction. 

 

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