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Plastic Surgery - Are Tougher Laws Needed to Protect Patient Safety?

Los Angeles, California (PRWEB) May 09, 2013

According to an April 23, 2013 Reuters article entitled “U.K. Review Warns on Cosmetic Injections, Urges Tougher Rules,” (go to there have been notable disasters regarding patient safety over the past few years. This situation has led to a British government review of the medical aesthetic industry and the potential introduction of tougher regulations designed to protect patient safety.

“The situation in the U.K. would be laughable if not for the impact on patients,” says Dr. Simon Ourian, Medical Director of Epione. “The idea that an untrained person could competently and legally provide a medical treatment is very dangerous in my opinion. In California this would clearly be the unlicensed practice of medicine.”

As reported in the article, a British review of the billion-dollar cosmetic treatment sector has found quite a few startling facts. According to the Medical Director of the National Health Service, cosmetic procedures such as Botox and laser therapy are performed without regulations almost 90% of the time. He points out that those who undergo such procedures have no protection and redress; in fact, their status can be considered comparable to someone who is buying a pen or a toothbrush—that is, there are simply no laws in place to protect them.

Dermal fillers, a booming sector of the cosmetics industry at the moment, are a “crisis waiting to happen,” in the U.K. according to the Reuter’s report. It can be noted that fillers are well regulated by the FDA in the United States, but the same cannot be said for Britain. The U.K. has somewhere between 140 and 190 fillers available in the market as compared to just 14 in the U.S.

“Patients need to be aware that dermal fillers, Botox, and laser procedures are medical treatments that except in very limited circumstances, by law, can only be prescribed by a physician. At Epione, though I could have an RN inject Botox or dermal fillers at my direction I choose to do all these treatments myself.”

Dr. Ourian has been a pioneer in laser technology and non-invasive aesthetic procedures including Restylane, Juvéderm, Radiesse and Sculptra. These treatments are used for the correction or reversal of a variety of conditions such as acne, acne scars, skin discoloration, wrinkles, stretch marks, varicose veins, cellulite, and others. More information about plastic surgery safety can be found on Epione’s website.

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