The FDA (Food and Drug Administration in USA) has asked dermal filler manufacturers to review their labeling.
They want the packaging to communicate that there is a possible risk of serious injuries where fillers are accidentally injected into blood vessels.
While current labeling includes some information about the risks, the FDA wants to see additional information to better inform healthcare providers and patients about the risk of accidentally injecting filler into blood vessels, which could result in blockages and restrict blood supply, which could in turn cause problems such as vision impairment, blindness, stroke or death of the skin (necrosis).
The FDA has approved a variety of dermal filler for the purpose of reducing the appearance of wrinkles or augmenting the lips or cheeks. However, the FDA also says:
“Soft tissue fillers should be injected only by health care providers who have appropriate training and experience and who are knowledgeable about the anatomy at and around the injection site”
The UK is not subject to the same controls as the USA and there are many more dermal filler brands available which are not approved by the FDA.
What’s more, in the UK, there are no formal qualifications or training required for practising dermal fillers. While there has been discussion about improving this situation in the future, there are as yet no new guidelines.
However, companies such as SkinViva Training Academy offers professional cosmetic treatments training to ensure that practitioners have the right skills and knowledge in order to safely carry out treatment. SkinViva Training’s courses are for medical professionals only (suitably qualified and registered medical professionals) so that the Company can be sure that their delegates are medically skilled and knowledgeable enough to understand and manage the risks as well as the techniques.
SkinViva Training was established by Dr Tim Pearce MBChB BSc (Hons) MRCGP.
The team upholds high standards of clinical training providing a combination of fully-supervised practical experience together with essential theory.
For further information, to discuss which course is right for you, to enquire about availability or to book a training course please call 0161 850 2491, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.