Under-18s face ban on ‘dangerous’ lip fillers and Botox marking huge step for Sun campaign
UNDER-18s could be banned from having "dangerous" lip fillers and Botox, marking a huge step forward for The Sun's campaign.
Under a new proposed law it will be illegal for children to have cosmetic fillers unless they can prove their age.
Laura Trott, MP for Sevenoaks, said her bill will "stop the dangerous and unnecessary non-medical procedures that can ruin children's lives".
It comes as new research from campaign group Save Face shows in the last 12 months a 73 per cent surge in complaints over botched jobs.
Of those under 18s who suffered at the hands of unregulated cowboy practitioners, 42 had lip fillers, two had cheek fillers and one had a non-surgical nose job.
'Tip of the iceberg'
Ms Trott warned the shocking statistics only represents "the tip of the iceberg".
“We know there are huge pressures on young people to conform to the unrealistic and unattainable ideals they see on social media," she said.
“However, despite all the dangers there is currently no legal age limit for dermal filler or Botox procedures.
“This means any 15-year-old schoolgirl could just walk into a shop and get their lips injected by someone with no qualifications. This cannot be right”.
She added: “My bill will stop the dangerous and unnecessary non-medical procedures that can ruin children’s lives, as well as ensuring any treatments that are required, are done so by a medical practitioner”.
The new legislation will be called the “Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill”.
It marks a win for The Sun's Had Our Fill campaign, which has put pressure on ministers to act now to regulate the "wild west" industry.
We have called for:
- fillers to be made illegal for under 18s
- a crackdown on social media sites advertising fillers
- and a Government-backed central register for approved practitioners
Ashton Collins, director at Save Face, a national register of accredited practitioners, said: “This legislation is vital to protect young people from being exploited by unscrupulous practitioners.
“It makes no sense that it is illegal to tattoo a person under the age of 18 but it is not illegal for practitioners to provide these extremely high-risk treatments to potentially vulnerable and insecure young people.”
Health minister Nadine Dorries has backed the campaign, admitting she too has felt the pressure to have cosmetic treatments.
Labour MPs Carolyn Harris and Judith Cummins, co-chairs of the APPG on Beauty, Aesthetics and Wellbeing, launched an inquiry into non-surgical treatments off the back of the Sun's campaign.
Had Our Fill campaign
Britain's Botox and filler addiction is fuelling a £2.75billion industry.
The wrinkle-busting and skin plumping treatments account for 9 out of 10 cosmetic procedures.
50% of women and 40% of men aged 18 to 34 want to plump up their pouts and tweak their faces.
Fillers are totally unregulated and incredibly you don’t need to have ANY qualifications to buy and inject them.
83% of botched jobs are performed by people with no medical training, often in unsanitary environments – with devastating results.
Women have been left with rotting tissue, needing lip amputations, lumps and even blinded by botched jobs.
Despite the dangers, there is no legal age limit for dermal filler, which is why Fabulous has launched Had Our Fill, a campaign calling for:
- fillers to be made illegal for under 18s
- a crackdown on social media sites plugging fillers
- a Government-backed central register for practitioners with accredited qualifications
We're working in conjunction with Save Face and are backed by the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), British Association of Plastic Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgeons (BAPRAS) and British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS).
We want anyone considering a non-surgical cosmetic treatment to be well-informed to make a safe decision.
We’ve Had Our Fill of rogue traders and sham clinics – have you?
They said: "We are seriously concerned that there are no age restrictions on who can get Botox or fillers and we fully support the aims of this Bill to protect young people.
"We are looking at these important issues as part of our inquiry and urge the Government to back this Bill, which is long overdue."
The Bill will receive its Second Reading in the House of Commons tomorrow.
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