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Gloucestershire beauticians call for tighter regulation of botox

A county beautician says the industry is in crisis, with a lack of regulation on cosmetic procedures like botox and fillers.

Now the Department of Health says it will be launching a campaign to tackle botched cosmetic procedures shortly.

Talking to BBC Radio Gloucestershire today, Daniela Magee of Forever Clinic in Cheltenham, said that there is a definite need for tighter regulation and better training in the industry. She said everybody carrying out procedures should be responsible to an industry body and should be thoroughly trained. Currently, beauticians and aesthetic practitioners can use botox after just one day's training.

Botox must be prescribed by doctor, dentist, nurse or prescribable pharmacy. As a responsible beautician, Daniela pays someone to prescribe treatment to clients before she uses it. But not everyone in the industry does. A number of practitioners in the county say they seen bad examples of the procedure carried out by both medics and non-medics.

But the demand for the procedures is on the increase, with a recent survey saying 48% of respondents see a cosmetic procedure as being as routine as a haircut. In an increasingly image-led society, women in their late teens and early 20s are having botox so they can look good on Instagram.

Speaking to Radio Gloucestershire, Lesley Blair, Chair of British Association of Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology, says many in the industry are trained in body dysmorphia and nurturing and supporting clients mentally, as well as physically. But many people aren't and are willing to perform procedures after just one day's training.

She said that the medical industry has regulation and accountability, and the cosmetic industry needs the same, along with recurring training.

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