Despite the safety of their use, an MP has publicly backed a bill to ban Botox and dermal filler treatments for under-18s. MP for Bosworth in Leicestershire, Dr Luke Evans, has demonstrated his support for what has been titled the Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill. The bill calls for these cosmetic treatments to be administered exclusively by doctors, registered nurses, medical practitioners or health professionals, even in the event of a medical need. The industry, according to Save Face, a register of accredited practitioners, is worth a staggering £2.75 billion to the United Kingdom’s economy. These treatments are the most common form of cosmetic enhancement, involving the use of Botox and dermal fillers, and represent 75% of all cosmetic procedures. Yet, while surgical cosmetic procedures are governed by clearly defined laws, Botox and dermal filler treatments remain largely unregulated. Over the years, as their use has increased in popularity, reports have emerged of incorrect applications.
MP Dr Luke Evans
As part of his support for the bill, Dr Evans said, “”As a GP I have seen the damage that unregulated cosmetic Botox and fillers can do when not administered properly or without appropriate consultation. It is not an exaggeration to say that without due care and attention they can permanently affect a young person’s life for the worse. At the centre of this bill is accountability: for practitioners, businesses and consumers. When an adult decides to go ahead with the procedure, they know that will be held to a standard, with accountability to those carrying it out and promoting it and protection for those under 18. We already do this in similar areas like tattoos, it is right to have the same protections in aesthetic procedures.”