Greater Measures Needed For Consumer Safety Education On Injectable Therapies
The need to educate consumers about cosmetic injectables and standards to protect their safety is evident in the findings released by The Physician Coalition for Injectable Safety.
The independent study conducted by Industry Insights, Inc. surveyed members of the Coalition about injectable therapies that are U.S. FDA-approved brand names designed to treat facial wrinkles, improve the signs of aging, enhance facial appearance and treat skin imperfections with Botulinum Toxin (Botox), dermal fillers and fat injections.
-- Member physicians see an average of 2-3 patients each year with complications resulting from cosmetic injectable therapies that were either administered in a non-medical setting, by an unqualified provider, or with an unknown substance.
-- 84% of physicians reported that they have seen at least one patient with complications from cosmetic injectables.
-- 29% of member physicians see complications arising from cosmetic injectable therapies administered in a non-medical setting.
-- 38% of physicians see complications arising from cosmetic injectable therapies administered by an unqualified or untrained provider.
-- 32% of physicians see complications from an unknown, non-FDA approved injectable substance.
-- It is estimated that this group of surgeons who perform cosmetic medical procedure see 11,400 to 17,100 patients per year with complications arising from cosmetic injectable therapies that were either administered in a non-medical setting, by an unqualified provider, or with an unknown substance.
-- Survey did not include board-certified dermatologists, of which there are an additional 15,000 specialists who are commonly trained to perform cosmetic injectable treatments.
"Cosmetic injectable therapies are a rapidly growing segment of treatment that consumer are fast to embrace, but don't yet fully understand," says Eugene, Oregon, board-certified plastic surgeon and MarkL. Jewell, MD of the Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety and past president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. "While Botox and dermal fillers are not surgical, they are still wholly medical procedures that require the experience and oversight of a physician specifically trained in cosmetic procedures of the face. A qualified physician is key not only to safety, but also to an aesthetically pleasing outcome."