Patients who have non-surgical cosmetic treatments are being exposed to "unreasonable risks" and "permanent damage" because of a lack of appropriate training for those carrying them out, an industry review has said.
Everyone from beauty therapists to doctor will have to take extra qualification if they want to carry out non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as dermal fillers - a report into the industry is expected to say.
The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons gave a cautious welcome to the idea, but said that it wanted only medical professionals to be allowed to perform treatments.
Its president, Rajiv Grover, said: "It's not only important enough to be able to wield the syringe but people also have to be able to deal with the possible complications resulting from this treatment".
The review into plastic surgery by NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh will be published later this month.
It is believed this will mean a new law requiring everyone from beauty therapists to medically-trained doctors to have additional formal qualifications before carrying out treatments.
Several other measures have been suggested to the review team by the public, the industry itself and patient groups.
They include a ban on cut-price deals, and a clampdown on aggressive sales techniques and a two-stage consent process for potential patients to allow them time to reflect before making a final decision.
The ideas were released in an interim report in December but the Department of Health said at the time that the review is not bound to adopt them and can come up with its own recommendations.
I am pleased that Sir Bruce Keogh's review has been looking at what training people are getting before they perform cosmetic operations - people under the care of cosmetic firms need to know that they are in medically skilled and safe hands.
I await Sir Bruce Keogh's recommendations in full, but am clear that we must ensure that people undergoing cosmetic procedures are in the hands of someone with the right skills and training.
The days of cosmetic cowboys must become a thing of the past.
Non-surgical procedures usually involve injections of either fillers or botulinum toxin, and carry less serious risks than surgery in general. However, over-correction can be difficult to treat, as can asymmetrical placement of the filler and allergic reactions.
Usually, the manufacturers include patient information leaflets, which should cover these points. Risks can be minimised by choosing a reputable surgeon or an established nurse practitioner who is working in a clinical environment.
– Professor Simon Kay, British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons
Patients who have non-surgical cosmetic treatments are being exposed to "unreasonable risks" and "permanent damage" because of a lack of appropriate training for those carrying them out, the man leading a review of plastic surgery standards has said.