BBC NEWS: "’Needle risk’ over beauty treatments"

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A health watchdog is “concerned that people having beauty treatments like Botox could be at risk of infection from dirty needles” reports BBC News.

An article today suggests that because “growing numbers of people are injecting tanning agents, dermal fillers and Botox at home and in salons” hygiene laws could be compromised, putting users at risk of HIV and hepatitis C.

Rajiv Grover, consultant plastic surgeon and president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) tells the BBC: “…BAAPS has campaigned for over a decade to have this field of non-surgical cosmetic treatments tightly regulated.”

Echoing concerns voiced in advisory meetings for the Keogh Report by our own Medical Director Dr Patrick Bowler, Grover adds, “Due to the lack of regulation in the cosmetic sector it is impossible to know how many patients could be at risk of blood borne diseases from needle sharing with either Botox or fillers.”

It’s great to see another advocate for patient safety in the press, preaching the values that Courthouse Clinics stands for. You can read the full article here.