Human Testing In The Name Of Beauty


Many women volunteer to test cosmetic products and procedures that are considered not safe. The thought of trying the latest breakthrough therapy to eternal youth and beauty seems to be too tempting.

And what could be a better resource to find those products than the Internet: From Vitamin injections, Lipodissolve to Botox. It’s all available online.

According to the Times

Every year 415,000 people in Britain have non-surgical cosmetic treatments, but concerns have been raised about hairdressers, dentists and beauticians administering injections and fillers without proper training.

Fat-melting treatments known as “Lipodissolve” or “Lipostabil” were available on the internet despite having been banned by the Medicines and Healthcare Regulatory Authority

Is it really worth putting your health at risk for treatments and products that may or may not work, have nasty side effects or even be potentionally dangerous?

Look out for these:

A £3,500 filler treatment banned in America in 1999, but introduced in Britain in 2002. It is claimed to be “natural” despite patients’ cells being stored in foetal calf serum. Banned this year after a legal action against the manufacturers

A “lunchtime boob job” that uses fat and stem cells from the patient’s body as an alternative to implants. Banned in the US but legal in Europe despite fears that it encourages cancer

Flab jabs
Lipodissolve and Lipostabil claim to melt fat through a procedure designed originally to dissolve gallstones. The treatments have no licence for cosmetic use and are banned by the MHRA


Injections of chemicals, vitamins, minerals and herbs that have no standardised controls and lack scientifically valid studies documenting their safety or effectiveness

Treatments such as Botox can be administered by untrained practitioners. Sculptra has been marketed by Superdrug as a “liquid facelift”, leading to false expectations

Contour lifts
Surgeons have been critical of the gruesome effects of this surgical procedure, achieved by inserting hooks and a “fishing line” to hold up skin on either side of the face

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