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'Botox Parties' Should Be Banned, Doctors Warn
At-home cosmetic procedure parties should be banned, according to leading doctors.
So called "botox" or "filler parties" - where groups of friends receive cosmetic treatments at home - are "wholly incompatible" with professional standards, the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) said.
New guidance issued by the RCS says treatments should only be carried out on licensed premises with resuscitation equipment available in case of emergency.
Companies offer "at home" cosmetic treatments, with special discounts for the event host.
But the RCS said such parties are "entirely at odds" with the standards set out in its new Professional Standards for Cosmetic Practice.
The standards also state popular cosmetic treatments can be delivered by people with no medical qualifications - including laster treatment and injectable anti-wrinkle treatments.
The RCS recommends that only doctors, dentists or nurses who have undergone the appropriate training should be allowed to perform the treatments.
And only qualified medical doctors should be allowed to carry out invasive procedures such as breast surgery or liposuction.
They also suggest that time-limited discounts on cosmetic surgery should be banned to prevent people from impulsively buying procedures.
RCS president Professor Norman Williams said: "While the colleges and professional organisations involved in cosmetic practice are neither regulators nor legislators, the profession has a responsibility to provide standards to which we would expect our members to work.
"We have serious concerns that not all those who offer cosmetic procedures are adequately qualified, or that patients are getting accurate information prior to treatment.
"We hope these standards will feed into the ongoing review of the industry led by the NHS Medical Director, Sir Bruce Keogh, and improve quality of care for patients going forward."
Steve Cannon, chairman of the working party which developed the guidance, added: "As the majority of cosmetic procedures are not available on the NHS, we must ensure that commercial interests do not compromise patient safety.
"With the demand for cosmetic surgery and non-surgical treatments rising year on year, it is crucial that the highest level of professionalism is maintained amongst practitioners."