Media coverage of a press release issued by health watchdog The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has caused concern in the industry by suggesting that people having cosmetic injectable treatments could be at risk of infection from dirty needles.
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence is updating its advice for England and Wales. The guidelines, which are out for public consultation, aim to encourage people to use sterile needle and syringe programmes to stem the spread of infections. The guidelines were primarily designed to advise on needle exchange practices for people who are misusing heroin and other opiates or anabolic steroids, however, the media coverage generated by the release focussed largely on a reference that growing numbers of people were injecting tanning agents, dermal fillers and Botox® at home and in salons and were lax about hygiene. In reality this is negligible but the headlines have once again generated negative publicity for cosmetic injectables.