Wrongly administered anti-ageing injections can do so much damage their use should be controlled by legislation, says the body representing Britain's cosmetic surgeons.
Currently, dermal fillers to smooth lines and wrinkles can be administered by anyone - even without medical training. "As a consequence, members of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons have seen an alarming number of patients with clinically significant harm from injection of fillers into the wrong sites," writes BAAPS president Nigel Mercer in the British Medical Journal - adding that some then need corrective surgery.
Some 96% of BAAPS members want fillers reclassified as prescribable medicines, as they are in the US. There are more than 140 fillers on the market in the UK, but just six in the US - because of the need there for FDA approval.