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Beauty treatment-lovers in Sheffield are playing fast and loose with their health, new research has revealed.

As many as one in four Sheffielders have Botox or dermal fillers administered by an untrained friend or acquaintance.

Research carried out by Transform Cosmetic Surgery shows almost a quarter also admit to being treated by a third party, such as a hairdresser, and startlingly, had no idea if they were appropriately trained to perform the procedure.

Despite 67 per cent of interviewees admitting they believed it was important that a practitioner is adequately qualified to perform non-surgical treatments, a whopping 45 per cent of those in Sheffield who regularly have injectables and peels said they would undergo laser hair removal, non-invasive body sculpting treatments and even dermal fillers from a practitioner who was not appropriately qualified.

The research was commissioned to highlight the need for a new Charter for the non-surgical cosmetics industry. Transform is pushing for the move to demonstrate its own commitment to high standards of patient care and drive out the cowboys within an industry worth more than £1.7 billion.

TV doctor Hilary Jones is backing the move: “The non-surgical treatments industry is growing fast and it is vital that as it does so, people’s health isn’t put at risk.

“There are far too many places in this country where people can be injected with dermal fillers by individuals with minimal or no training in completely unsuitable environments, with potentially dangerous products.”

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