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NHS boss calls on Superdrug to screen Botox customers

Medical director says chain’s staff should look out for people with unrealistic expectations. The NHS has urged Superdrug to screen customers before providing Botox and fillers in order to protect vulnerable people. The retailer announced last month that it would offer the anti-wrinkle and skin rejuvenation treatments on the high street to customers over the age of 25. Prof Stephen Powis, the national medical director of NHS England, has called for assurances that the service is “clinically sound and medically responsible”.

Havering residents urged to take precaution when using non-medicals for Botox and plastic surgery

Dr Simi Adedeji, GP and aesthetic doctor recently noticed that there are increasing numbers of non-medical practitioners cropping up in the borough. She is trying to raise awareness of some of the issues around non-medical practitioners providing Botox and dermal fillers for customers who may not fully be aware of the risks.

Beauticians dropped from new cosmetic filler register

Beauticians have been banned from joining a new register designed to make getting injected with fillers safer. The voluntary register was opened by the Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners in April to everyone trained to a high standard. But now it will include only those with medical training, after doctors and nurses threatened to boycott it. However, the register will continue to list beauticians for other treatments, such as laser and chemical peels.

Safety In beauty slams the beauty ‘rogues’ conning free aesthetic training

Recently it has came to our attention that a non-healthcare professional duped a distribution pharmacy into providing her with free training of a reputable brand of facial fillers, after she blatantly lied about her credentials and qualifications. Santa Jodka, a nail technician, residing in Ireland, travelled to Latvia in May to an event called Mesoderma, whilst there, she conned the event hosts into believing she was a healthcare professional, and persuaded a distribution pharmacy dispensing aesthetic medical products, to teach her in the administration of filler products manufactured by a company called Teoxane, commonly used for cosmetic injectable treatments of the face.

'Fake Botox' injections doctor Ozan Melin jailed

A practitioner who left two women with swelling and burns after injecting them with what they thought was Botox has been jailed for four years. Ozan Melin, 42, from Uxbridge, west London, gave the women an "unknown and extremely dangerous substance", Bournemouth Crown Court was told. He was convicted in May of two counts of GBH following a retrial. Melin, of Pole Hill Road, was previously cleared of fraud relating to claims he was medically qualified. Dorset Police said the unknown substance had been ordered on the internet from China.

'Bogus doctor' Ozan Melin convicted over fake 'Botox' injections

A man who claimed to be a doctor and gave two women what they thought was Botox has been found guilty of inflicting grievous bodily harm (GBH). The women suffered swelling and burning after being treated by Ozan Melin, 42, from Uxbridge, west London. He was convicted of two counts of GBH and cleared on one count, following a trial at Bournemouth Crown Court.

'Bogus doctor' gave clients 'fake Botox' injections

Three women suffered swelling and burning after being given what they thought was Botox by a man who falsely claimed he was a doctor, a court heard. The women were injected with an "unknown and extremely dangerous substance", Bournemouth Crown Court was told. Ozan Melin, 42, from Uxbridge, west London, denies three counts of grievous bodily harm (GBH).

Botched cosmetic surgery: law change urged as complaints treble

An “alarming” rise in reports of botched cosmetic procedures in the UK has prompted doctors and campaigners to call for better legislation to protect against rogue practitioners. The number of problems related to treatments such as lip fillers and Botox has almost trebled, jumping from 378 in 2016 to 931 in the space of 12 months, according to data from Save Face, a government-approved register of accredited practitioners. Experts have put the dramatic growth down to a rise in the number of celebrities, including US reality TV star Kylie Jenner, openly discussing their procedures.

Rogue beauticians carrying out backstreet botox ops

Rogue beauticians are carrying out dangerous and illegal procedures which can leave women permanently disfigured, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Our undercover investigation follows a shocking rise in cases of botched treatments, with far more than 1,000 complaints by clients and doctors – double the number last year. As the ‘New Year makeover’ season approaches, we have discovered medically unqualified beauticians offering ‘non-surgical’ nose jobs, breast enhancements and electric skin lifting – and even injecting ‘filler’ chemicals behind the eyeball. Some of the practices exposed by our reporter are illegal. Others, which risk blindness, severe blood loss and even death, are allowed because of lax UK regulations. Many of these treatments are banned elsewhere.

A beauty salon in Tunbridge Wells claims it has fallen victim to a scam which saw `a woman leave the salon without payment`

A woman who made a last minute Botox appointment before Christmas is reported to have fled the salon after saying she left her purse in the car. The lavish £360 treatment was carried out by The Royal Tunbridge Wells Skin (rtwskin) clinic, in London Road last Saturday (December 16). The alleged incident, which is being investigated by the police, has prompted fears that these incidents will be repeated in Tunbridge Wells. The clinic`s director, John Sheffield has released CCTV footage taken in the salon the day the alleged incident took place.

Why this doctor is calling for Jeremy Hunt to change cosmetic procedure regulations 

For years, cosmetic doctors and dermatologists have been calling for tougher regulations in the injectables industry. In the UK, it’s almost entirely unregulated with no minimum age for those seeking out Botox or dermal fillers, and even more worryingly, those administering the injectables don’t need to be fully qualified doctors. Unsurprisingly, the has led to plenty of cosmetic disasters, some of which have been downright dangerous. Just last week, Ozan Melin was in court after three women claimed he injected them with a fake Botox, which caused disfigurement. Renowned and respected cosmetic doctor Tijion Esho has seen a huge rise in the amount of corrective procedures he now has to perform. So much so, this week Dr Esho has written to Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt to encourage him to change the regulation.

Spike in botched cosmetic surgery claims amid fears that 'plumbers are air stewards' are performing Botox and fillers

Scotland is heading for a health disaster similar to the PIP breast implants scandal because government regulations introduced last year are failing to protect patients from botched cosmetic procedures performed by unqualified practitioners, industry experts have warned. It comes as new figures reveal that insurance claims from people left disfigured by procedures that went wrong rose 37 per cent between 2014 and 2016, from 187 to 256.

Dorset fake Botox cosmetic surgeon's trial collapses

The trial of Ozan Melin and his ex-wife Lisa Bolster accused of administering counterfeit Botox has collapsed because of a 'lack of evidence' at Bournemouth Crown Court. They were cleared of fraud on the directions of a judge. They had faced charges over a Botox business run from a house in Dorset. Bolster, 50, was also found not guilty of unauthorised use of a trademark. Melin will face a retrial for three offences of inflicting grievous bodily harm.

Japan plans to ban before-and-after photos in ads for cosmetic surgery

The health ministry will prohibit medical institutions from using before-and-after photos of patients in cosmetic-surgery advertisements, sources said Wednesday. The plan follows a series of consumer problems stemming from advertising for aesthetic medical services, including minor cosmetic surgery and liposuction. Before-and-after images will be allowed for academic meetings will because such use does not encourage potential patients to elect such procedures, according to the sources. The ministry will put the ban into effect by June.

Women are suffering horrifying facial burns from cheap skin-peel beauty products sold on eBay

Women are reportedly suffering horrifying facial burns after using cheap skin-peel beauty products being sold on eBay. Bottles containing banned substances and up to 100% pure acid are available to purchase for as little as £11 – with sellers boasting it can improve acne, age spots and fine lines.

"Vulnerable girls" at risk choosing dodgy budget Botox clinics to save cash, says Apprentice winner Dr Leah Totton

TV’s Dr Leah Totton has told how she fears for “vulnerable young girls” opting for budget Botox and filler injections by dodgy practitioners in a bid to save cash. Today Leah, 29, a fully-qualified doctor, reveals she corrects more than ten botched injection jobs every month at Dr Leah Cosmetic Skin Clinic.

Unregistered DIY Botox clinic exposed operating out of a GARDEN SHED

A Sunday Mirror investigator went undercover to expose the dodgy practice of Joshua James after a tip-off from a previous client. James is a beautician – who works out of his garden shed.

Glasgow training school linked to botched Botox remains silent on trainee checks

A TRAINING school for cosmetic treatments including Botox has refused to comment on vetting procedures after it emerged a woman falsely claimed to be a nurse to attend a course. Lawyers in Glasgow say they are pursuing a mass litigation claim on behalf of women who say they received botched treatments from Alison McQuade at the Dash salon in Partick.

Kim Kardashian superfan Jordan Parke over beauty clinic

JORDAN Parke recently made headlines after revealing he had undergone surgery in order to look more like his idol, Kim Kardashian. But the Salford born star – who has previously appeared in Channel 4’s Bodyshockers, as well as This Morning – has come under fire for his latest venture. The Kardashian fan has been blasted by professionals after setting up his own clinic, focusing on administering beauty treatments.

Beautician Barbara Byne illegally advertised and sold powerful anaesthetic at clinic

This is the cosmetic beautician who illegally advertised and sold a powerful local anaesthetic at her body-piercing and Botox clinic. The 49-year-old pleaded guilty to four charges under the Human Medicines Regulations at Laganside Departmental Magistrates’ Court last week.

Health experts call for tighter regulation of cosmetic treatments

Health experts in Wales are calling for tighter regulation of anti-wrinkle injections and lip fillers. They warn the procedures can cause blindness and disfigurement if they're not carried out correctly. But despite the health risks, there’s very little regulation in Wales to cover dermal fillers. Practitioners aren’t legally required to have any training or qualifications, and anyone can purchase the products. Save Face, which independently assesses clinics, has seen a rise in the number of people coming forward after botched beauty treatments.

Birmingham mum wins £130k compo after disastrous acid peel

A mother has been left with a beard of angry red scars after a clinic put too much acid in a chemical face peel. Mary Hope, 42, was left with scars similar to victims of acid attacks after she went for a facial at a Birmingham beauty parlour. The mother-of-four has been awarded £130,000 compensation after suffering three years of bullying for the permanent damage caused to her following the treatment. The distraught mother-of-four said she had no idea the beautician had never carried out an Obagi chemical peel before.

Celebrity make-up artist wins £154k over 'traumatic' thigh-sculpting operation

A celebrity make-up artist has won over £154,000 damages against a top cosmetic surgeon she accused of making her feel like a “freak”. Tracie Giles sued over an operation conducted by Dr Alexandra Chambers to sculpt her thighs. The result was “traumatic” and left her too embarrassed to go to the beach or spa, she told London’s High Court. It had left her “top heavy”‘ and she needed a breast reduction to compensate.

First cosmetic surgery certification issued by RCS

A Manchester surgeon has become the first in the country to be officially endorsed to perform cosmetic surgery by the Royal College of Surgeons (RCS). The new certification was launched in January in a bid to better regulate cosmetic surgery and ease the minds of people hoping to go under the knife. The RCS has previously been vocal in its opinions on regulating cosmetic surgery, as last month it backed a Private Members’ Bill that had been tabled to look into the issue. And today, Gary Ross, a plastic, reconstructive and aesthetic surgeon at the BMI Alexandra Hospital in Cheadle, has become the first to receive the new accreditation.

Cosmetic procedures practice and promotion ‘cause for serious concern’, says ethics think tank

New developments and marketing have made an increasing range of surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures – including botox, dermal fillers, implants, and skin lightening, as well as newer techniques such as ‘fat freezing’ and ‘vampire’ treatments – big business and widely accessible. Today the Nuffield Council on Bioethics publish a wide-ranging new report, Cosmetic procedures: ethical issues, which makes a series of recommendations that highlight areas of concern for the practice and promotion of invasive cosmetic procedures in the UK.

Cosmetic surgery checks so patients can check if doctors are trained

A former Health Secretary has tabled a bill to protect those going under the knife for cosmetic reasons.The changes would mean that consumers are able to check whether their doctor has any qualifications in the field in which they work.

Surgeons back Lord Lansley’s cosmetic surgery regulation bill

The Royal College of Surgeons (RCS) and the British Association of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) are backing an attempt by former health secretary Lord Lansley to change the law on cosmetic surgery.

Skin Cream Scammers Keep Stealing YouTube Personality’s Post-Botox Face

Skin cream ads on social media boast that their products are “better than Botox,” and they use impressive “before” and “after” images of a purported customer. The problem: The woman in the pictures didn’t give permission to use her image, and the pictures are from before and after her injections of actual Botox.

More than 500 women hit by shocking cosmetic surgery leak from Bondi clinic

A scandal-plagued Sydney cosmetic surgery clinic has leaked the confidential details of hundreds of women from around Australia in an extraordinary privacy breach. Teenagers are among those left shell-shocked after their names, home addresses, Medicare numbers and medical history were posted on the internet by The Cosmetic Institute in Bondi Junction.

Hacked plastic surgery photos published online

More than 25,000 private photographs have been posted online following a data breach at a plastic surgery clinic in Lithuania in March. Passport and credit card details were also stolen from the Grozio Chirurgija clinic, Lithuanian police said. After the release of hundreds of photos from the clinic in March, the rest of the database was published on Tuesday.

Jemma Lucy injects BOTOX into mate's face - despite being totally unqualified

Jemma Lucy has added another string to her bow, this time as an unqualified Botox practitioner having a go at beautifying her mate with a massive needle full of the wrinkle-smoothing filler.

Rugby ‘snake-oil salesman’ spared jail over fake slimming devices

A ‘snake-oil salesman’ was spared jail over his highly-profitable business renting out fake ‘ultrasonic liposuction’ slimming devices from his Rugby office. UK Weight Loss Network boss Aaron O’Brian Nickols advertised the devices, which he had bought from China for just £170 a piece, for rent at £49 a week to unsuspecting customers.

Conman fleeced customers out of £400k to use fake liposuction machines that promised to `shift stubborn fat fast`

Aaron Nickols advertised the liposuction machines after buying them from China - but some were actually designed for polishing metal and were classed as dangerous. A conman fleeced customers desperate to lose weight out of thousands of pounds by renting out fake liposuction machines.

Australia: Safety standards for cosmetic surgery set to be overhauled and may be moved into hospitals

Safety standards for patients undergoing cosmetic procedures such as boob jobs, tummy tucks, liposuction and facelifts, are expected to be overhauled in Queensland under a review launched by the Palaszczuk Government. As complex cosmetic procedures are increasingly being performed in doctors’ rooms rather than hospitals, concerns are growing within Queensland Health about the risk to patients, particularly in relation to anaesthesia.

Private Botox clinics now monitored by health watchdog

Private Botox clinics now monitored by health watchdog. Healthcare Improvement Scotland will now monitor the industry.The rules, which come into force on Friday, mean any clinic that fails to register with Healthcare Improvement Scotland will be committing an offence.

Nurse struck off for faking £3,300 in Botox prescriptions

Kate Matthew, 35, of Cwmbran, South Wales, photocopied blank prescriptions signed by a doctor for the Botox for luxury facial treatments in her personal business after her NHS work. The mother-of-two got six prescriptions by using the photocopied signature of a doctor she met on a course, a disciplinary hearing in Cardiff was told. She used the Botox for her private business - Kate Matthew Medical Aesthetics - specialising in lip fillers, eyebrow raises and face lifts. But she was snared when a pharmacy got in touch with the doctor with a query over one of the prescriptions.

China: Cheap cosmetic surgery can come with risks

With sales and injections of "imported" botox on the rise, experts have called for its use to be better regulated. Beijing News commented. Supposedly under strict supervision, the use of botox is prevalent in the Chinese cosmetic surgery industry. But while an injection can cost over 10,000 yuan ($1,460) in a similar hospital, an injection can cost just a few hundred yuan on the black market. For many potential buyers, although the source is unknown and the quality is not guaranteed, the price is cheap enough.

Hundreds of private clinics still to register ahead of first steps in crackdown on Scotland’s cosmetic industry

Hundreds of private clinics carrying out cosmetic procedures such as Botox injections, lip fillers and teeth whitening in Scotland are still to register with the industry watchdog just weeks before a new crackdown on the profession comes into effect. However, the new regulations, which come into force next month, will only apply to clinics run by doctors, dentists and nurses and will not include services offered by non-healthcare professionals such as beauticians and hairdressers.

Probe into South Shields nurse accused of botching treatments by BBC programme

A nurse from South Tyneside who has been accused of botching a series of cosmetic treatments is under investigation by a health standards watchdog. Claire Wilde, from South Shields, was the subject of a BBC investigation in which it was claimed treatments carried out by her went wrong.

Hong Kong doctors say beauticians should not handle high risk procedures and devices

Government to hold meeting next Monday with stakeholders over proposed regulations beauty therapy medical devices. A collective of Hong Kong doctor groups has argued that a number of risky medical devices and beauty procedures should be operated by them, not by beauticians.

Botox nurse who featured on Geordie Shore to be 'exposed' on TV on Monday night

BBC1's Inside Out claims Claire Wilde, from South Shields, left customers scarred after treatment. A nurse who allegedly left patients scarred after Botox treatment is to be exposed on TV on Monday night.

Tattoo artist known as `Dr Evil` `split customer`s tongue`

Brendan McCarthy, 47, from Wolverhampton, allegedly committed the offences at Dr Evil`s Body Modification Emporium. A tattoo artist, who is known as `Doctor Evil` is accused of splitting a customer`s tongue, removing and ear and slicing off someone`s nipple at his salon.

‘It’s time to speak out’- Nurse takes stand against rogue botox traders in Worksop

A concerned nurse is taking a stand against “rogue botox traders” in Worksop who she says are putting unsuspecting clients at risk of blindness, gangrene and other health complications. Cheryl Barton says it’s time to “speak out” on the issue after the National Aesthetic Nursing Conference unanimously voted that they have no confidence in non-health groups, such as beauticians, giving facial injections to the public.

Aesthetic nurses to take stand on Botox being administered by beauticians

An emergency motion condemning the injection of Botox and dermal fillers by non-health professionals, such as beauty therapists and hairdressers, is to be proposed at this year`s 6th National Aesthetic Nursing Conference at the Royal Liver Building in Liverpool. The event is organised by the Journal of Aesthetic Nursing (JAN).

Beautician facing trial over botox-like treatment at Dublin salon

Anne Rossi alleged to have supplied Dysport medicinal product without a prescription. A Dublin beautician is facing trial accused of illegally providing a botox-like treatment at her salon.

Breast implants and other medical items get safety barcodes

Barcodes are being printed on breast implants and other medical items to improve patient safety. The Department of Health initiative is to avoid future scandals like the PIP breast implant scare of 2010. Problems arose tracing nearly 50,000 British women who had been fitted with the faulty silicone implants.

Hospital accused of trying to gag patient after cosmetic surgery goes wrong

Cosmetic surgeons have been accused of trying to gag a North East mum who says “terrible treatment” left her unable to close her eyes. Stanley mum Dawn Knight received a letter from solicitors telling her that she wasn’t allowed to speak to anyone including her MP - according to the MP himself. Kevan Jones, MP for North Durham, asked the Speaker of the House of Commons to investigate.

Doncaster private hospital which carries out boob jobs needs improving, says health chief

A report from England’s Chief Inspector of Hospitals rated Park Hill Hospital as requiring improvement following a Care Quality Commission inspection earlier this year. The facility, which is attached to DRI but is run privately by Ramsay Healthcare Group under the name Independent British Healthcare Limited, carries out treatments including cosmetic surgery such as breast enlargement, tummy tuck, liposuction and facial surgery.

Mum, 35, who unsuccessfully sued plastic surgeon slapped with £50,000 legal bill

Appeal judges rule there was nothing wrong with doctor's advice. A young mum who unsuccessfully sued a top plastic surgeon over her “droopy” breasts has been slapped with a crushing £50,000 legal bill. Claire Worrall, 35, had a boob job because she wanted “to look good for her wedding” after breastfeeding four kids shrunk her breasts from a DD to a C cup. She contacted Dr Helena Antoniadou through the Make Yourself Amazing website and went under the knife in 2010. But Mrs Worrall, from Huddersfield, claimed to be horrified by the results and sued Dr Antoniadou, alleging she was given negligent advice before the operation.

City clinic is first to sign Healthcare Improvement Scotland register

An Edinburgh clinic has become the first in Scotland to sign up to new legislation which is designed to safeguard people who undergo cosmetic procedures such as Botox and laser eye surgery. Dermal Clinic in Morningside is now established as the flagbearer for the cosmetic industry in Scotland after it was confirmed as the first practice to have successfully registered with Healthcare Improvement Scotland.