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Swedish beauty industry in unexpected unregulated despite the high risks in the sector
Tuesday, 10 April 2012
Sweden is a country where cosmetic the surgical sector is the most
unregulated in the Europe. The characteristics are made up of
debilitating preparations, inexpensive laser equipments from China as
well as treatments with no skills requirements but this will be changed
now as a sold investigator wants to fight for the sector to change and
become under new set of rules
Sweden is currently the only country in Europe that has no laws guiding
the efficiency of the beauty procedures. According to Swedish daily,
Dagens Nyheter, a sole investigator, Karin Lindell wants to change that.
This is not the first time we have reported this issue on this network
about the fast-growing uncontrolled beauty industry in Sweden. Swedes
are at this moment spending hundreds of millions of dollars on the
correction of their appearance, but this sector is still unregulated.
This means that even a British migrants coming to Sweden for a type of
corrective surgery should not expect to get the best result and if that
‘customer’ is not happy, there is nothing they can do because there are
no rules backing of directing how the sector has to work.
“There are no legal requirements on all the eye surgeries that are
performed on people who want to get glasses. Those who perform laser
treatments for cosmetic purposes do not need any skills at all. And
there are both serious and less serious players,” says Karin Lindell,
former director general of the Swedish National Consumer Agency, which
in September started working on that the agency should mandate to
review all plastic surgeons, dermatologists, dentists and beauty salons
that sell different kinds of beauty treatments.
She has also pointed out that there has been a sharp increase in
various forms of cosmetic laser treatments in recent years. They are
used for example to remove the surface veins, pigment spots and to
perform many kinds of facials adjustments.
“Laser is a huge market that is growing strongly. Very cheap lasers
come in from China in particular, which is not CE registered or
certified and therefore may be too powerful,” says Karin Lindell.
Fillers, which magnifies the lips is a product that today is demanded
strongly by young women, according to Lindell. In many cases, the SMS
loans taken by young women are taken to pay for these types of surgery.
On the internet, one can buy nerve toxin botox used to smooth wrinkles
and the like.
“These preparations can cause paralysis and permanent disability, yet
there are no skill requirements or rules on patient insurance. It is
quite strange that Sweden, which tend to be far ahead in terms of
legislation is lagging behind every other country in Europe in this
area,” says Karin Lindell.
One other force driving this new rethink is what happened when things
went wrong with the recent French breast implants which turned out to
be of no good and no body was willing to take responsibility for those
Among our Nordic countries, neighbouring country, Denmark has the
strictest laws. It requires that a physician is responsible and is
present in all types of treatments. When the Danish Act on beauty
interventions was introduced five years ago the country lost half of
the country's beauty salons.
By Scancomark.se Team
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