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A leading plastic surgeon has called it “shameful” that regulations surrounding dermal fillers have still not been tightened up.

It’s almost six months since the NHS medical director, Sir Bruce Keogh, led a review into the cosmetic surgery industry and claimed dermal fillers were the next “crisis waiting to happen”. The review found that they were covered by the same regulations as that of toothbrushes and called for change.

However there has been little development in regulating the fillers and Rajiv Grover, president of the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) has spoken of his concerns.

“There is very little regulation about fillers, many of which we know are being used and can cause harm,” he said.

“Given that, knowing they can be harmful, I think it’s shameful that nothing is being done.”

“I like to hope something will improve. There have been reviews before and none of the recommendations were taken up. Watch this space but don’t hold your breath.”

Dermal fillers, as the name suggests, are used to fill in lines and wrinkles. They are part of a group of cosmetic procedures, such as Botox, which are known as injectables.

In a statement, the Department of Health said: “The government agrees with the principles of Sir Bruce Keogh’s recommendations, and we are considering the report carefully and will put our detailed response to parliament shortly.”

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