Maria Caulfield MP has welcomed the news that under 18s have been banned from getting Botox injections or lip fillers for cosmetic reasons.
Clinics and beauty salons can no longer do cosmetic procedures on under-18s unless it is for medical reasons and approved by a doctor.
The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act, which came into force in England on Friday, means it will be illegal to administer the products to or book an appointment for those under 18, according to the Department of Health and Social Care. The Department of Health and Social Care said failure “could result in a criminal prosecution and an unlimited fine”.
Maria Caulfield MP, the new Minister for patient safety, said “Outlawing these procedures is a watershed moment in protecting young people. I know it can feel like there is constant pressure to look a certain way — especially when we are bombarded with unrealistic body standards through ads and social media.”
“Far too many young people have been left emotionally and physically scarred by botched cosmetic procedures, often requiring further invasive procedures to fix them.”