From scalpel to syringe, as the demand for more radical cosmetic procedures soars in Wales, so does the supply. But how safe are some of these nips, tucks and jabs? And how much do some of the people delivering potentially dangerous medical procedures really know about what they’re doing?
There’s been a big boom in procedures involving injection of both botulinum toxin (commonly known by trade name Botox) and dermal fillers.
But experts are especially concerned about the lack of regulation in the field of “injectables”.
Wales This Week has been talking to people who have had bad experiences. Mandy Simmons is especially concerned about the way botulinum toxin can even be administered at parties
Mandy, along with medical experts, wants more stringent regulation around who can administer injectables, particularly the more risky dermal fillers.
A Department of Health review of the regulation of the cosmetic surgery industry is due to report next year. It will scrutinise who should administer injectables and may suggest it should be limited to doctors, dentists and trained nurses.
Wales This Week - A Stab in the Dark: tonight (7th August) at 7.30 on ITV 1 Wales.