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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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What are non-surgical cosmetic treatments?

Non-surgical cosmetic procedures involve products or techniques that make the skin look smoother, or make marks on the skin look less obvious.

There are various procedures available, including:

  • Muscle paralysis, such as injections of botulinum toxin (Botox) to relax facial muscles and make lines and wrinkles less obvious
  • Dermal fillers, injected into wrinkles or creases to fill them out
  • Chemical peels, which use chemicals to remove the outer layer of skin cells
  • Microdermabrasion, which uses fine crystals and a vacuum to remove dead skin cells
  • Non-surgical laser and intense light treatments, such as hair removal


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