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Home Health Superdrug Botox customers need to perform tougher mental health exams

Superdrug Botox customers need to perform tougher mental health exams

Superdrug is designed to further examine its Botox customers for mental health issues after concerns from doctors have been voiced.

Professor Stephen Powis, Medical Director of NHS England, contacted the pharmacy chain after it was announced offer cosmetic procedures like Botox and filler treatments on the main street.

In response, Superdrug has introduced additional controls to protect those who are afraid of their body or other mental condition, including a 14-day cooling period.

However, the Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has posed the question of how robust the safety precautions are and how the safety of patient data is guaranteed.

There is currently no statutory regulation for private cosmetic surgery.

Professor Powis said: "The pressure on the mental health of young people is greater than ever, and families and health care are often left to pick up the parts too often.

"The lack of strict controls on cosmetic surgery means that the public is dependent on companies voluntarily taking steps to fix their home, exposing people to dangerous practices.

"Companies that take action to deal responsibly with people, avoid work to avoid harm, and set themselves a high pace for their practices should encourage others to join."

Superdrug will test the procedures at its beach store in London before it is rolled out nationwide. File pic
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The procedures offered in the Superdrugs flagship store could be rolled out. File pic

Superdrug said in a statement, "We remain committed to taking recommended mental health protection.

"We met with the NHS to ensure that we have the highest standards of safety and patient care quality.

"We have always evaluated the mental health of a patient as part of our skin renewal consultation."

The company added: "Our consultations take one hour to enable our nurses to provide comprehensive and in-depth advice.

"In this way, we can ensure that we understand the reasons behind our patients for aesthetic treatments.

"In addition, our team is referred to all risks or concerns related to a patient's mental health."

Superdrug currently offers Botox and Dermal Fillers to individuals aged 25 and over at its flagship store in London as part of a lawsuit that could be introduced in other stores.

Minister of Mental Health, Jackie Doyle-Price, said: "The desire to change looks can be symptomatic of a mental disorder."

She said, "I expect all those who use cosmetic procedures to take appropriate measures to protect their customers.

"I am very concerned about the growth of risky cosmetic procedures performed by poorly regulated practitioners."

Dr. Agnes Ayton, deputy chair of the Department of Eating Disorders at the Royal College of Psychiatrists, said, "It would be helpful if the cosmetic surgery business were properly regulated rather than relying on voluntary agreements."

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