If you’ve been paying close attention to the news over the past 12 months or so, you’d probably agree that the NHS has seen better days. It seems as though the newspapers are always filled with stories of long-waiting times, nurse shortages and medical negligence, as the emergency services and medical staff struggle under severe budget restraints.
So the last thing the NHS needs is another source of patients to treat. But, sadly, that’s exactly what they’re being given, as the number of people falling victim to botched cosmetic surgery treatments continues to rise. According to senior officials at St George’s Hospital in South London, this is costing the NHS millions: millions that they don’t have to spare.
The fact that many people idolise their favourite celebrities so fervently could certainly be considered a factor. As TV and film stars become more vocal and transparent over the cosmetic treatments they have received, it seems people are feeling more inclined to follow suit. The only problem is that, as such procedures become more popular, the number of rogue practitioners offering cheap treatments continues to rise.
Of course, if you don’t follow the official medical channels for such a procedure, then you’re opening yourself up to all sorts of risks. But it’s simply unacceptable for patients to end up with lumpy features, severe swelling or even permanent scarring. People are calling for a change in the law so that victims are better protected against such medical negligence, and it’s not hard to see why.
Lip filler and Botox treatments have always been popular, but that popularity has spiked over the past 12 months or so. But the problem doesn’t lie with people choosing to undergo these treatments, the issue lies with the sheer number of unqualified medics carrying them out. Patients are being left with severe complications, and it’s falling on the head of the NHS to pick up the pieces.
It’s time for the government to introduce restrictions on cosmetic surgery to finally stamp out these issues once and for all. Victims of botched cosmetic surgery could end up wearing their scars for the rest of their lives, and it’s clear that more action is needed to protect people from these rogue practitioners.
As the popularity of cosmetic surgery continues to grow, the revision of the laws surrounding these treatments needs to be considered a priority. Of course, people need to make sure they are dealing with reputable, professional surgeons before undergoing any kind of treatment, but perhaps more severe consequences should be introduced for any cowboys out there.
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