Needles used at inexpensive beauty salons and at home without proper guidelines could be hazardous and putting many at risk of serious ailments.
Those getting Botox, tanning injections and facial fillings at salons that do not adopt proper standards could be putting themselves at risk of contracting HIV, hepatitis C and other viruses.
AdvertisementAccording to The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), many people are getting such treatments done at home without proper guidelines and this could fuel the spread of blood borne diseases.
Professor Mike Kelly, director at Nice, said: "We've seen an increase in the use of performance and image-enhancing drugs such as anabolic steroids, Botox, tanning agents and dermal fillers like collagen. More teenagers are injecting these performance and image-enhancing drugs too. Due to the lack of regulation in the cosmetic sector it is impossible to know how many patients could be at risk of diseases"
"We're updating our guidance to make sure all these groups of people are considered in the planning and delivery of needle and syringe programmes."