CLINICS providing cosmetic procedures such as Botox and fillers are to check customers for mental health issues first.
Staff will be trained to spot body dysmorphic disorder — where people obsess over perceived flaws in their appearance.
Alamy Staff will be trained to spot body dysmorphic disorder — where people obsess over perceived flaws in their appearance
Firms will be expected to refuse treatment and refer customers to NHS services, under rules adopted by trade body The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners.
NHS national medical director Prof Stephen Powis welcomed the move. But he admitted many providers are not members of the council.
It means only one in ten people offering non-surgical procedures, such as micro-needling, peels and hair restoration, are covered by the code.
Prof Powis said: “Cosmetic firms bringing in tighter controls is a major step forward.QUICK FIX PROCEDURES IGNORE UNDERLYING ISSUES
“But voluntary steps on their own mean mental health too often will still be left in the hands of providers operating as a law unto themselves.
“We know that appearance is one of the things that matters most to young people.
“The bombardment of idealised images and availability of quick fix procedures is helping fuel a mental health and anxiety epidemic. We need all parts of society to show a duty of care.”
Superdrug, which offers Botox and fillers at its flagship London store, agreed in January to screen customers after Prof Powis wrote expressing concern.
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Kitty Wallace, from the Body Dysmorphic Disorder Foundation, said: “We know that people with BDD are more likely to turn to quick fix procedures that ultimately do not address or help the underlying psychological condition.”
Studies show fewer than one in ten people who go through cosmetic procedures like lip fillers are satisfied with the outcome.
Alamy People with issues are more likely to turn to quick fix procedures that ultimately do not address or help the underlying psychological condition
Getty – Contributor How sufferers with Body Dysmorphic Disorder may perceive their looks
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