Unlicensed, unregulated and untested tanning injections are being sold illegal in the UK.
The tanning injections are called Melanotan, which is a synthetic hormone that causes skin to darken when injected. It works by stimulating the pigment producing hormone melanin, which is the natural dark pigment in the skin that darkens in the sun.
It is illegal to sell in the UK, but is not illegal to buy. It has been reported that it is easy to purchases in gyms and beauty salons in the UK, as well as being readily available online.
The reason it is illegal to sell in the UK is because the product has not been tested therefore is not licensed by the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA), the body responsible for regulating the quality and safety of medicines.
Swain & Co.’s personal injury solicitors say that this means the tanning injections product has not been through the licensing process, therefore the potential side effects are uncertain.
Despite the tanning injections being illegal to sell in the UK, it is still being used by those who wish to have a year-round tan.
Reported side effects from users have been stabbing pains in the head, vomiting, nausea, heart palpitations and general feeling of being ill.
There are also concerns that the product may have carcinogenic effect, but this is unproven as it has not been tested. But, the product is stimulating melanin which could be linked to skin cancer.
Another warning is when the product is bought over the internet, it could be counterfeit!
The MHRA are warning people that these tanning injections are not a shortcut to a safe tan, they have not been tested and licensed therefore the side effects could be extremely serious.
As the demand for cosmetic and plastic procedures increase, there can also be an increase in procedures going wrong.
If you have been victim of cosmetic or plastic surgery gone wrong and would like to see if you can bring a claim, call Swain & Co.’s experienced personal injury lawyers who offer free initial advice and can act on a no win no fee basis.
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