Botox and Lip Filler Injections Banned for Under 18s in England

People under the age of 18 in England would no longer be allowed to get cosmetic botulinum toxin (botox) injections after a new law was passed in efforts to regulate the non-surgical beauty industry.

The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act came into force on Friday and makes it illegal to administer botox injections, lip fillers to people under 18, or to book an appointment for those under 18. Failure to adhere to this law could lead to criminal prosecution and fines.

According to Campaign group Save Face, complaints about botched procedures jumped nearly ten-fold in five years with 2,083 last year, up from 217 in 2016. Government estimates also put the number of Botox-style procedures carried out in England on under-18s in 2020 at 41,000. The Department of Health and Social Care also put the number of dermal filling procedures at 29,300 in 2017.

Before this legislation came into being, there were no age checks done on people who wanted to have such procedures done.

There is however remains no law in the UK requiring practitioners to have formal training for these types of cosmetic treatments.

Campaigners have started to call on other countries to pass similar laws, in order to prevent young people from seeking such procedures outside England.

The law also applies to those visiting from outside England.

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