They were once the preserve of the rich and famous but in recent times cosmetic procedures have become increasingly popular among the wider population.
However, with the growing demand has come a worrying rise in the numbers of botched treatments – up from 378 in 2016 to 931 a year later, according to Save Face, a government-approved register of accredited practitioners.
The revelations have led to fresh calls for tighter legislation to protect patients from rogue practitioners.
Ashton Collins, Director of Save Face, said there has been a rise in the number of celebrities discussing their procedures on television and social media, resulting in people seeking out the same treatments – but often at the hands of unqualified practitioners offering basement deals online.
“In the last year we have received an alarming increase in reports of procedures gone wrong and rogue practitioners,” she said.
“Reality stars get free treatments if they promote them all the time on social media. It plants the seed and people like Kylie Jenner and Kardashians are constantly in the media for having treatment, so as popularity for cosmetic procedures rises, sadly, as does the number of unscrupulous people who want to make money out of it.
“There needs to be more regulation and work done to educate the public that these are medical procedures and lip and dermal fillers can have really catastrophic permanent side-effects if they go wrong.”
Figures show 72% of all complaints last year were from patients who had found the practitioner on social media.
The highest number of complaints were about dermal fillers, with the vast majority linked to lip procedures. The most common problems included people complaining of uneven results, unsightly lumps and nodules, unusually painful swelling and infection.
How can Gotelee help?
Our Suffolk based Medical Negligence experts have represented a number of clients who have been the victims of cosmetic surgery or dentistry gone wrong.
If you feel that you have been let down in some way – whether you are a private or NHS patient – get in touch with Gotelee so that we can assess your case.
Making a claim could result in the person affected receiving the necessary financial help to deal with the consequences of an error, as well as providing closure and helping to ensure the same mistake isn’t repeated.