Doctors issue warning over facial fillers


Damien Pearse
Guardian

January 7, 2012

Thousands of patients who have received anti-ageing injections could be at risk of serious complications, senior doctors have warned, raising fears about the safety of non-surgical cosmetic procedures.

Doctors said the “facial fillers” can cause infections and deformities and are often injected into patients by unqualified practitioners.

Patients who had fillers up to 10 years ago are now coming forward with complaints of discomfort and other complications.

The British Association of Dermatologists has called for the MHRA (the UK’s Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency) to reclassify fillers as medicines, rather than the current “devices”, and regulate them more tightly.

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