Filler complications on rise in U.K.

December 31, 2012

U.K. surgeons are reporting a dramatic rise in the number of complications due to nonsurgical cosmetic filler procedures.

A survey conducted by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons found that 69 percent of surgeons reported seeing patients with complications from temporary fillers in the past 12 months, according to a news release from the organization. Nearly half reported seeing patients with complications due to semi- or permanent fillers. Many complications required corrective surgery.

Rajiv Grover, M.D., consultant plastic surgeon and president of the association, says these figures are not shocking to the profession.

“The growing popularity of these nonsurgical treatments has clearly led to complacency regarding how they are performed and by whom,” he says. “What I would find surprising is if anyone was still able to maintain, in good conscience, that fillers should not be reclassified as medicines.”