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Cosmetic treatment warning

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.

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Non-surgical procedures 'carry some risks'

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

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