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"People need to be sure of whose hands they are placing themselves in"

The techniques are becoming less invasive.
The techniques are becoming less invasive. / ÑITO SALAS
  • "In some clinics treatments are applied without an authorised doctor being present"

There are two sides to every coin. In the case of cosmetic medicine, the downside is practicioners who are not properly qualified and do not have the knowledge needed.

"People need to be sure of whose hands they are placing themselves in," says the president of MEDESMA, Pedro Bonal.

"In some clinics treatments are applied without an authorised doctor being present," stresses Bonal, while Juan Antonio López Pitalúa warns of the possible side effects of cosmetic treatment if carried out by someone who is not properly qualified.

The problem is so great that the Association of Cosmetic Doctors of Malaga has even used detectives and provided evidence to the law courts of illegal practices and the use of unauthorised products. "Always check you are dealing with," says Fernando Urdiales. "Make sure they are qualified and registered."

The president of SEME, Petra Vega, says all clinics should have authorisation from the regional government, and patients should only be seen by qualified doctors. She also recommends asking for a written report about the treatment received or the product used. Finally, she says, be very careful about advertising which appears on social media, as much of it is fraudulent.