Unqualified cosmetic treatment warning from UK surgeon

24 February 2011

A leading cosmetic surgeon in the UK has warned of the dangers of non-surgical cosmetic treatments provided by unqualified professionals.

Dalvi Humzah, a former Channel 4 Dispatches expert, said that while the majority of media coverage of unlicensed cosmetic surgery comes from the US, the problem is also widespread in the UK.

Mr Humzah said: "Whilst negative side-effects are very rare, it's extremely important patients are in the right hands because in the worst cases major problems can arise."

He urged anyone who suspected the person treating them with non-surgical cosmetic treatments was not qualified to contact regulatory bodies like the Nursing & Midwifery Council and the General Medical Council.

Mr Humzah is a member of the UK Botulinum Toxin Group for Aesthetics, which aims to raise awareness of the dangers and promote the benefits of Botox treatments.

Recent research from Dr Ahmed Fayyaz showed that Botox may be a useful treatment for people suffering from migraines.

1 Ahmed, Dr Fayyaz. "Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin review of Botox treatment for chronic migraine". The Migraine Trust. Thursday, February 10th 2011.

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