UK experts: Cosmetic surgery needs tighter rules

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Associated Press

Posted on April 23, 2013 at 10:32 PM

Updated Wednesday, Apr 24 at 12:03 AM

LONDON (AP) — A group of independent experts says Britain's cosmetic surgery industry is so lacking in scrutiny it's "bizarre."

The group says stricter controls are needed to protect patients in the aftermath of a breast implant scandal in Europe last year that's left tens of thousands of women with cheap silicone implants prone to ruptures.

In a review of how cosmetic procedures are regulated, the group says all skin fillers should be available by prescription only and that all practitioners must be properly qualified. The expert group was commissioned by the U.K. Department of Health.

The British government previously rejected calls to oversee cosmetic procedures and the industry is largely self-regulated. Bruce Keogh, medical director of the National Health Service, says the end result is that pretty much anyone can do it.

He also says the data about the benefits of such procedures is also sketchy.

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