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Cracking Down on Cosmetic Cowboy's

Court House Clinics fully supports NHS medical director Sir Bruce Keogh’s review of the cosmetic surgery industry, as requested by the Health Secretary. In particular, Court House Clinics supports the opinion that the administration of Botox needs to be further regulated, in light of the recent PIP breast implant scandal.

Dr Patrick Bowler, Medical Director of Court House Clinics and Fellow of the BCAM (British College of Aesthetic Medicine) says:

"The start of the review of the cosmetic surgery in the news today has headlined with the PIPs scandal but will encompass all types of cosmetic treatments including Botox, dermal fillers, lasers and peels. It has been obvious to most in the industry and certainly abroad that the field is under regulated.”

Under current legislation, non-healthcare professionals such as beauticians can administer Botox injections. Court House Clinics believes that the administration of Botox injections is a medical procedure and should be treated as such, and in regulated premises.

Court House Clinics welcomes changes in industry regulation such as the GMC’s decision last month to prohibit the remote prescribing of Botox. In light of this, Court House Clinics hopes that Sir Keogh’s review will consider how these practices can be further regulated.

Dr Bowler goes on to offer advice to those seeking cosmetic treatments, saying:

“Check around and go for mid-price treatments, too cheap or too expensive should raise alarm bells.

Find a reputable doctor/clinic by ensuring the doctor is a member of an accredited organisation like BCAM, BAAPS, BAPS or BAD, and the clinic is registered with the CQC and IHAS. Unethical adverts should be a no-go signal.”

Court House Clinics stresses the importance of taking a medical history and examination before undergoing any cosmetic treatment, and patients are sometimes turned away if deemed unsuitable. Under current legislation, these thorough patient health checks are not always carried out, particularly in less formal situations such as “Botox parties” or home visits.

Although people should approach cosmetic treatment with caution and vigilance, Dr Bowler provides reassurance, and says:

“Please don’t forget that many thousands have had and continue to have a good experience with cosmetic treatments. These people rarely make the headlines!"


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About Court House Clinics
Court House Clinics was founded by Dr Patrick Bowler in 1998. The clinics are CQQ & IHAS registered and provide advanced surgical and non-surgical cosmetic treatments in a medical environment. Dr Patrick Bowler is a Founder member and Fellow of the BCAM (British College of Aesthetic Medicine, formerly the British Association of Cosmetic Doctors) and he sits on the advisory board for Treatments You Can Trust. Dr Bowler is available for media interviews and comment. Please contact Lynne Thomas at Flipside PR on 0207 631 5180 lynne@flipsidepr.co.uk