The British Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry (BACD) is the latest body to welcome the results of an independent review into cosmetic procedures.
Commissioned by the government following the recent PIP breast implant scandal, the review suggests that dermal fillers should only be available by prescription. Furthermore, clinicians must be properly registered in order to carry out this type of facial aesthetic surgery.
Julian Caplan, president of the BACD, said it was surprising that tighter regulation and scrutiny in the interests of patient safety had not been implemented before, dentistry.co.uk reports.
“I am sure many of us presumed that these controls were already in place and it is a concern that injectable products are not automatically governed by current regulations.
“Hopefully, following the implementation of these recommendations, future facial aesthetic treatment will be brought into the domain of appropriately trained professionals,” Mr Caplan added.
Dentists receive advanced training at an undergraduate level in hard and soft tissue facial structures that are often relevant in facial aesthetics, but the report stated most injections used in procedures have no more controls “than a bottle of floor cleaner”.
In addition, the report found anyone can set themselves up as a practitioner, with no requirement for knowledge, training or previous experience.
And as there has been an explosive growth in this market – driven by a combination of high demand and high profits in an era when all other commercial income is stalling – the report fears that facial aesthetic surgery is a “crisis waiting to happen”.
The review, therefore, aims to put patients at the centre of safety to ensure they have the same net that NHS patients have and are offered support in the event of a cosmetic surgery procedure going wrong.
The British Dental Association also welcomed the review into cosmetic intervention and Martin Fallowfield, the chair of the committee, said the organisation would be studying the findings carefully to see how the sector could be better regulated.