Dagenham doctor issues warning over Botox and filler treatments
PUBLISHED: 11:06 30 August 2018 | UPDATED: 11:38 30 August 2018
Following a rise in non-medical practitioners offering Botox a medic from Dagenham is hoping to raise awareness about the risks of injectable treatments.
Dr Simi Adedeji, a GP and aesthetic doctor, recently noticed that there are increasing numbers of non-medical practitioners cropping up around east London and Essex.
She is trying to raise awareness of some of the issues around non-medical practitioners providing Botox and dermal fillers for customers who may not fully be aware of the risks.
Dr Adedeji compared going to a non-medical practitioner like, “going to your teacher for a toothache”.
“There is no regulation in the industry which means that anyone can go on a short course and then just start injecting.
“This also means that there are no legal repercussions when things go wrong.”
Dr Adedeji works as a GP in Dagenham and is also an aesthetic doctor in Romford.
The mother-of-two has undergone 18 years of GP and surgery training and she is licensed and regulated by the General Medical Council (GMC).
She said: “It’s being seen as a beauty treatment and because of that it’s being trivialised.
“There is a lot of confusing terminology around cosmetics and aesthetics. Because they require prescriptions, they should only be performed by medical professionals - that means doctors, dentists or nurses.
“Treatment such as dermal fillers can have serious complications.
Dr Adedeji added: “You could hit a blood vessel or a nerve and doctors are trained to recognise if that happens, because of their years of medical training.
“There is no way that you can replicate that training in a one-day course.”
Superdrug launched its own Botox and fillers service in August which led to many complaints from surgeons who were worried that people might see the treatments as casual procedures.
“I don’t blame the public, we don’t talk enough about what can go wrong.
“[Cosmetic treatments] are typically the kind of thing that attracts vulnerable people, for example people with body dysmorphia.
“It’s not about treating everyone that comes through the door.
“Educate the public and they will make the right decision.”