A recent poll showed that two thirds of women have had or are considering to have an aesthetic treatment. However the campaign comes after concerns in the number of women experiencing serious side effects or other harms, and encourages individuals to choose a suitably qualified and professional practitioner. Serious complications of cosmetic procedures can include infection, nerve damage, blindness, blood clots, scarring, and in rare cases have resulted in death.
Health Minister Jackie Doyle-Price said: “Many people don’t think fully about the consequences – both physical and mental – of having a cosmetic procedure. These are serious treatments, and you should think carefully before you leap in.”
The campaign is urging women to become more “clued up” on the risks of cosmetics procedures, therefore making safer more informed choices.
Professor David Sines, Chair of the JCCP said: “The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (The JCCP) is a UK Charity that is committed to promoting public protection and patient safety in the cosmetic sector and as such is working in close partnership with the DHSC and other key stakeholder groups to promote and publicise the importance of providing members of the public with every opportunity to make informed choices about how to select practitioners who are appropriately experienced and trained to deliver safe and effective treatments in safe premises. The JCCP is delighted to be supporting the DHSC public awareness campaign and will be working concertedly over the forthcoming months to ensure that safety in cosmetic practice is disseminated and embedded.”
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