read on The Telegraph online this morning that there has been an increase in women suffering effects from botched filler injections." />

Cosmetic filler injections

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Fillers are injections that are used to plump up the skin and fill in wrinkles and crows' feet to create fuller lips and cheeks.  These fillers can be temporary or permanent.  Temporary fillers are made of an acid found naturally in the human body. Permanent fillers are reported as being more risky as they are made of a material similar to breast implants which can only be removed by surgery. Side effects can include infections, bruising and welling and permanent lumps and scaring. In rare cases impairment of vision has been reported.

The article reports that at present the individuals that carry out filler injections is unregulated. They do not have to be undertaken by a medical professional but can be administered by anyone who has undergone a half day training course. Concerns are being raised about untrained hairdressers and beauticians administering the fillers.I have previously blogged about the unregulated hairdressing industry and the calls for regulation therein.

James Frame, a Consultant and Professor of Aesthetic plastic surgery at Anglia Ruskin University,  is calling for a more rigorous training for practitioners of fillers and a crackdown on irresponsible advertising.  He is reported as saying : " The popularity of fillers has gone through the roof.  If it goes wrong you can get atrociously bad reactions. The site can become effected, or it can affect the deeper tissue . "

Ruth Johnson 
Personal Injury team 

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