Beauty: The Risks Associated with Non-Surgical Cosmetic Procedures

Did you know that non-surgical cosmetic procedures are currently almost entirely unregulated in the UK? Scary, but true. Procedures like wrinkle-relaxing injections, dermal fillers, derma rolling and even laser therapy can legally be performed in the UK by anyone, regardless of their skills, experience and qualifications.

That’s right – anyone can set up as a non-surgical cosmetic practitioner and offer treatments right out of their living room, using cheap products that they’ve bought on eBay, and they wouldn’t be breaking a single law.

This has massive implications for anyone interested in these types of procedures. Each of them already comes with associated risks, and that’s before you add an untrained, unethical practitioner into the mix.

So in the interest of keeping you all safe, I have highlighted some of the main risks involved in some of the most popular treatments, so that you’re aware of how important it is to select a properly qualified practitioner.


Botulinum Toxin Injections

Whilst botulinum toxin injections are relatively safe when performed by an experienced doctor, nurse or dentist, problems can arise if they are administered incorrectly. The most common side effects include swelling and bruising at the injection site along with headaches and flu-like symptoms, but if injections aren’t placed correctly they can spread to adjacent areas and cause problems like:

  • Drooping eyelids
  • Crooked smile
  • Uneven eyebrows

Dermal Fillers

Most side effects associated with dermal fillers happen shortly after they’ve been injected, with the most common being bruising, redness, swelling, pain and tenderness. However, there are also several less common side effects that can also arise, including:

  • Nodules that may need to be surgically removed
  • Infection
  • scarring
  • Allergic reactions
  • Tissue death

Laser Hair Removal

Laser hair removal is an effective way of removing unwanted hair, but as the treatment involves the use of highly concentrated lasers it should only be carried out by a properly qualified professional. Normal side effects include your skin looking and feeling sunburned, but treatment can also result in:

  • Blisters
  • Burns
  • Permanent scarring
  • Changes in skin colour

Avoid Untrained Practitioners

Unfortunately, as the popularity of non-surgical cosmetic procedures has risen, so have the number of untrained individuals masquerading as professionals. A quick search on the Internet will bring up hundreds of practitioners in your area, and sorting through them can be daunting and confusing, so how do you differentiate the good from the bad?


New regulatory body Save Face have set up a centralised register of non-surgical practitioners, each who have been vetted against a strict set of objective standards to ensure their safety. By using their search engine, you can be sure that the practitioner you select has been individually assessed on site by a Save Face Clinical Assessor.

If you are considering a non-surgical cosmetic procedure, then safety should be your number one concern. Whilst cut-rate deals might be tempting, they should be avoided at all costs. After all, is it really worth risking your health to save a few pounds?

 Author – Save Face can help connect you with qualified, safe and credible non-surgical cosmetic practitioners by providing a centralised register of Save Face Accredited Practitioners. Use their multi-faceted search engine to make sure you stay safe and not sorry when you undergo a non-surgical cosmetic procedure

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  2. April 23, 2016 / 1:35 pm

    Non-surgical procedures can definitely be just as dangerous as surgical ones, especially ones which require any sort of injection. I would almost go as far as to say that an injection could almost be considered a form of surgery because of how invasive it really is.

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