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'THE NON-SURGICAL SECTOR IS RIFE WITH
LAX REGULATION, MAVERICK BEHAVIOUR
AND UNETHICAL PROMOTIONAL GIMMICKS'
that the market for less invasive treatments has
surged to more than £3.6 billion a year. That's up
from £2.3 billion in 2010.
'In financially uncertain times such as these,
people are more likely to opt for less costly nonsurgical procedures, such as chemical peels and
microdermabrasion, rather than committing to more
permanent changes,' says consultant plastic surgeon
and former BAAPS president Rajiv Grover, who
compiles the annual audit.
But while non-surgical treatments may be cheaper,
they still carry risks. Hamilton Fraser, a provider
of insurance to the aesthetic industry, said that
the number of claims from UK patients scarred by
treatment rose from 187 to 256 between 2014 and
2016. The biggest number of claims was from patients
who had received laser treatments, including hair and
tattoo removal and skin resurfacing. This was followed
by dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxing injections.
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'The non-surgical sector is rife with lax regulation,
maverick behaviour and unethical promotional gimmicks,
so the public must remain vigilant,' says Mr Grover.
'Non-surgical does not mean, and has never meant, nonmedical, so the advice is the same whether you are having
a facelift or a less invasive procedure such as Botox or fillers.
'It is essential that people do their homework and make
informed, safe choices for their cosmetic treatments. These
treatments can affect not only their appearance, but their
health and safety as well.'
Here are some dos and don'ts to think about when
considering having a cosmetic procedure:
CONSIDER YOUR MOTIVES
If you are feeling low or suffering from depression and
think that thinner thighs, bigger boobs or a smaller nose
will make you happy, then surgery isn't the answer.
'Cosmetic surgery can sometimes make an improvement to