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Cosmetic Treatments - Part 1

In this first of two episodes, Michael Mosley and Mehreen Baig investigate non-invasive facial procedures - and how they can go wrong.

The cosmetic treatment industry is open for business again. As lockdown eases, demand is on the rise for new non-invasive procedures like injectable fillers and fat freezing. But the UK is one of the only countries in the world where this industry is almost completely unregulated. How do we know if these treatments work, and if they are safe? In this two-part programme, medical journalist Michael Mosley teams up with blogger and journalist Mehreen Baig to scrutinise the science and safety of cosmetic treatments - and put them to the test.

This episode is all about treatments for the face. Mehreen finds out what a surgery-free nose job involves, and if it really works. She also follows an experiment that pits three skin-tightening treatments against each other - microneedling, CO2 laser and collagen supplements - and she meets a woman undergoing a cutting-edge stem cell facelift. Meanwhile, Michael investigates the dangers of unregulated injectable fillers and meets a woman whose lip treatment went horribly wrong. He also discovers whether preventative Botox is safe and effective when it comes to the signs of ageing, and he tests the latest antiwrinkle technology on his own crow’s feet. And, in a unique psychology experiment, he asks whether cosmetic treatments like fillers and Botox really make us any more attractive.

59 minutes

Last on

Thu 17 Sep 2020 00:30


Role Contributor
Presenter Michael Mosley
Presenter Mehreen Baig
Director Sam Goss
Producer Sam Goss
Executive Producer Paul Overton


  • Tue 25 Aug 2020 20:00
  • Thu 17 Sep 2020 00:30

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