DIY Tweakments Warning in Pick Me Up
Dr Ross Perry provided his expert opinion on DIY cosmetic treatments for the Pick Me Up magazine feature’ DIY Tweakments’, which examined how lockdown had led some clients to try fillers and BOTOX at home.
The article explains:
“…With cosmetic surgery clinics closed in the global pandemic, some regular clients have resorted to at-home procedures, dubbed ‘DIY tweakments’.
“Taking it one step further than at-home haircuts, Brits have been following YouTube videos and purchasing starter kits online.”
Some found themselves following video tutorials designed for medically trained aesthetic practitioners while others found demonstrations by people who had no relevant training or qualifications to equip them to carry out or teach non-surgical treatments.
Dr Ross Perry told Pick Me Up that some clients had a high level of concern about their normal treatments being unavailable:
“I had a couple of my celebrity and regular clients get in touch during lockdown, asking for home visits and offering to send their drivers to collect us. Even offering us double payment.
“They also mentioned being tempted by friends or unqualified beauticians – who have clearly watched too many YouTube videos – offering to do their tweakments for them.
“Lockdown became a breeding ground for unqualified beauticians, treatments and vendors of botulinum toxin (Botox) and other drugs.”
While DIY dermal fillers can be bought on the internet from around £50, these are not necessarily manufactured in a safe manner and many lack CE or FDA approvals.
UK law allows anyone to administer cosmetic injections; but ultimately, there is no substitute for medical training when it comes to injecting the skin with fillers or wrinkle relaxing agents. Poor product or technique can lead to long-term problems that can be very difficult and expensive to correct.
Now that clinics are open again, many professionals have had to carry out corrective treatments.
Calls are being renewed for the government to put in place more rules and regulations in the cosmetic treatments market, which advocates say should include making dermal fillers a prescription only medicine so that they can only be accessed via those with a prescribing qualification.
In the meantime, the Pick Me Up article reinforced sensible advice:
“…do not risk your health just to get your fix. Save your face and steer clear from DIY tweakments. There are dangers in plumping that pout!”
Dr Ross Perry
Dr Ross Perry is Founder and Medical Director of Cosmedics Skin Clinics.
He qualified at Guy’s & St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1994. His career includes NHS skin cancer reconstruction, work as a GP, as well as private cosmetic skin treatments.
He established Cosmedics Skin Clinics in 2003 and remains in charge as Medical Director. He is best known for dealing with unwanted skin lesions and blemishes (e.g. moles, cysts, warts skin tags) and natural-looking use of non-surgical cosmetic injections (BOTOX® Anti-Wrinkle Injections and Facial Fillers) as well as sun damage.
He regularly advises the press on health matters and has special expertise on matters relating to the skin.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics
Cosmedics Skin Clinics was established in 2003 and has built up an excellent reputation for cosmetic and medical skin treatments, carried out by GMC Registered Doctors. The company offer a full range of cosmetic treatments, including popular lip enhancement and wrinkle relaxing injections, dermal fillers and laser treatments; plus medical treatments including mole removal, thread vein treatment and excessive sweating injections.
Cosmedics Skin Clinics has a team of skin treatment doctors and surgeons in their 5 skin clinics across London and Bristol led by Dr Ross Perry.
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