Botox and lip fillers will no longer be legal for under 18-year-olds in the UK under new legislation.
The “Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act” stops anyone who is below the age of 18 from getting fillers or botox.
The Act means that a doctor, registered medical practitioner, or a health professional will be required to sign off the procedures for young people if there is a medical need.
The new law was passed through parliament this week and will be enforced from autumn.
According to analysis by the Department for Health, 41,000 botulinum toxin procedures may have been carried out on under-18s in 2020.
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Plus, more than 29,300 dermal filler procedures may have been performed on under-18s since over the past four years.
Sevenoaks MP Laura Trott brought the bill to parliament in January last year and it gained cross-party support in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.
After the bill was passed, Laura said: “No child needs cosmetic Botox or fillers.
“I’m delighted that today my Bill has passed, banning the dangerous and unnecessary procedures which can ruin children’s lives.”
She continued: “This is a big step forward in protecting young people, particularly women, from unscrupulous providers.
“I’m grateful for the cross-party support for these measures, and to the Department of Health – particularly Minister Nadine Dorries – for their support of the Bill.”
Businesses will have a number of months to implement and prepare for the change in law so they can re-train staff.
Botulinum toxin (Botox), dermal fillers and laser hair removal account for nine out of 10 non-surgical treatments performed in the UK.
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Save Face, a national register of accredited practitioners, reports that there were 73% more complaints over the last year with 81% related to dermal filler treatments.
And, 13% were concerning Botox.
Ashton Collins, director at Save Face, said: “We are beyond delighted that this law has been passed.
“We have been campaigning for greater protection for young people who are being targeted, exploited, and harmed by unscrupulous practitioners since 2014.
“We are extremely grateful to Laura Trott MP for taking action on this extremely important issue and it has been a privilege to have been able to offer our support and contribute to her Bill.”