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Cosmetic surgery 'must be regulated to avoid personal injury'

A new report has called for better standards of regulation in the cosmetic surgery sector in order to protect patients from personal injury. Medical experts have commented in the Royal Society of Medicine's Clinical Risk journal that a lack of scrutiny on the industry is exposing people to the risk of clinical negligence.

Concerns were raised over the commercial focus and heavy use of marketing in the sector, as well as a lack of testing for experimental and potentially dangerous techniques.

As a result, the industry professionals responsible for the report have called for government action, including the introduction of more regulation on practitioners and advertising.

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