TV show sparks BACD call for dermal filler regulations

A cosmetic surgery focused documentary made for ITV, called Face to Face, has caused the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors (BADC) to announce support for calls for tighter regulations of the dermal fillers market.

The BACD, a not-for-profit organisation, cornered with the advancement, education and practice of cosmetic surgery in the UK, issued a statement that voiced concerns about the training practices of non-medical personnel in non-surgical treatments such as dermal fillers.

Dr John Curran, BACD president and cosmetic doctor said:

“Channel 4’s Face to Face documentary highlighted the importance of visiting a qualified cosmetic doctor when considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure,"

"Without clear regulation it appears it is a ‘buyers beware’ market open to abuse. It is clear from the Face to Face documentary that the prescribing and administration of dermal fillers needs to be regulated. It would be a huge step forward for the MHRA to look at all the products in the same way as they do for medicines, giving the public confidence that only bone fide products are used.”

The documentary featured TV presenter Leslie Ash, who famously had trouble with dermal fillers to her lips in the past, focusing on the regulations and training procedures concerning non-surgical cosmetic treatments that are currently in place in the UK. Various non-invasive procedures were touched on in the show, including collagen and Botox, as well as dermal fillers.

Leslie Ash recently revealed that she would still consider cosmetic surgery in the future, despite her past experiences, claiming that a facelift may well be a present that she gives to herself for her fiftieth birthday.