Petition for Aesthetic Medical Treatment Regulations

Only be performed by Doctors, Nurses & Dentists Following Discussion in Parliament

A debate in Prime Minister’s Questions has highlighted the need for better regulation of dermal fillers and anti-ageing injections practitioners in the UK. 

Alberto Costa MP (South Leicestershire) raised the experience of constituent Rachael Knappier in parliament. Rachael had suffered following a dangerous lip filler treatment where the beautician injected the filler into her artery. Her lips swelled up to 5 times their normal size.

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    parliament botox fillersPrime Minister Theresa May said,

    “May I extend my deepest sympathies to Rachael Knappier.

    “We recognise that this growth in non-surgical treatments increases the need for consumer protection, and we are currently working with stakeholders to strengthen the regulation of cosmetics procedures. We are committed to improving the safety of cosmetic procedures and there are a number of ways in which that can be done: better training and robust qualifications for practitioners, but also clear information so that people can make informed decision about their care.

    “We would urge anyone seeking a cosmetic procedure to take the time to find a reputable, safe and qualified practitioner who is subject to statutory regulation or on an accredited voluntary register. My honourable Friend has raised an important issue.”

    Rachael is now joining the ‘Safety in Beauty’ campaign and has to change the law and has a petition has joined campaign group Safety in Beauty and has around 4,000 signatures on her official petition:

    “Aesthetic medical treatments to only be performed by Doctors, Nurses & Dentists

    “Everyday we are hearing horror stories involving inexperienced and unqualified people administering medical treatments such as botox and dermal fillers. There is an increasing need to regulate the aesthetic medical industry and provide awareness on the dangers.”


    Calls for Better Regulation

    This petition joins other industry voices in raising the need for better control. The British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS), British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) and The British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) are also asking for better regulation of injectable cosmetic treatments in order to better protect those clients seeking them. They have asked for:

    • Change in classification of dermal lip fillers from devices to medicines to ensure full clinical trials are undertaken to assess patient safety.
    • Introduction of legislation ensuring that dermal fillers can only be carried out by appropriately trained professionals or medical professionals; for example through the Cosmetic Practice Standards Authority or the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners.
    • Development of clinical guidelines on the use of dermal fillers
    • Increase in public education on the risks associated with dermal fillers, particularly when carried out by non-medical professionals.

    BAPRAS President, Mark Henley, explained:

    “It is shockingly easy – and legal – for untrained beauticians or members of the public to purchase cheap dermal filler kits online and carry out procedures themselves. The risk that this poses to safety of individuals is evident in the rising number of corrective procedures being required and we urge the Government to introduce tighter regulation as a priority.”

    SkinViva Doctors and Dentists

    At SkinViva, all cosmetic injections are carried out by medical professionals – fully qualified doctors and dentists. Our clinicians have all taken additional training in cosmetic injections including anti-ageing injections and fillers. They have all built up a high level of experience and carry out regular clinics in our Manchester centre as well as selected regional locations.

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    SkinViva Manchester

    SkinViva was established in 2008 and has an excellent reputation for offering high quality skin treatments in the North West.

    SkinViva’s team of Aesthetic Practitioners offer a range of non-surgical treatments with advanced use of anti-ageing injections and fillers. The team is led by fully qualified doctor and Clinical Director, Dr Tim Pearce MB ChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP and operates to very high standards.

    Free Consultations

    Their team offer free consultations at their main clinic in Manchester.

    A consultation is always required prior to any cosmetic treatment and this is arranged with an experienced aesthetic clinician. The same individual would carry out treatment and this can normally be done at the same appointment if required.

    For further information or to arrange a confidential consultation with an Aesthetic Clinician, please call 0161 865 1141, email

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