A New Law in the Aesthetics Industry

A NEW law governing the aesthetics industry has come one step closer.

The Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill passed its third reading in the House of Lords this week – and will make it illegal to give botulinum toxin or filler injections to anyone under the age of 18 – except in exceptional medical circumstances.

It will become law as soon as it receives Royal Ascent in the next few days.

It was brought forward with the intention to safeguard children from the potential health risks associated with botulinum toxin and dermal fillers. These procedures will still be available to under-18s from a limited range of registered health professionals where there is an assessed medical need.

As part of its process of being adopted into law, the explanatory notes stated that children are currently able to access botulinum toxin and cosmetic filler procedures on the commercial market in the same way that adults can, with no prior medical or psychological assessment required.

It was almost unanimously agreed that this bill was needed.

One of those in support was Cosmetic Couture CEO Maxine McCarthy.

She said: “This law is long overdue. We have never and would never offer clients under the age of 18 any treatment – it’s been on our consultation forms for years. You have to be 18 or over.

“I fully welcome this and hope the authorities can clamp down on those rogue traders who break this new law – our industry is extremely professional in the most part and I can’t really see who would argue with this.”

During the passage of the Bill into law, Health minister Nadine Dorries told the House of Commons: “I believe everyone has the right to make informed decisions about their bodies, but our role in Government is to support young people in making safe, informed choices where necessary and to protect them from potential harm that cosmetic procedures can do to their health.

“The increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures and the pressures on young people to achieve this aesthetic ideal are well documented and I believe this Bill is an important step in putting these necessary safeguards in place.”