On 1st October 2021, the Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021 was made law, thereby preventing non-surgical cosmetic treatments involving Botox and other chemicals to be performed on anyone under the age of 18.
And not before time, in our opinion. Remember our ‘Wild West beauty sector needs regulating’, ‘Dermal fillers, lip fillers, Botox – Government launches information campaign to raise awareness of risks’ and ‘The dangers of unregulated beauty treatments’ blogs on this self-same subject?
Like many supposedly non-intrusive, safe beauty treatments, Botox and filler injections can be seriously damaging to individuals of all ages, especially children. Harm caused can be anything from blindness and blood clots to necrosis of facial tissue (in which skin tissues die) and paradoxical adipose hyperplasia (disfigurement by hardened masses), plus many more life-changing side effects besides.
If Save Face and Department of Health figures are anything to go by, between 41,000 and 70,000 filler-type treatments were performed on under 18s in 2020 alone. The result is children’s lives being ruined because of beauty treatments gone wrong.
The issue of over 18s suffering at the hands of their beauty therapist remains and calls for action with regards to further industry regulation continue. Until such time that stricter regulation and legislation is introduced, the general public is still at risk of unscrupulous, unprofessional practitioners. If you’ve ever visited a beauty salon, this includes you.
Watch this space to find out what’s next for the aesthetics sector. In the meantime, if you’ve been hurt by your therapist – experiencing allergic reactions, emotional trauma or other injury in the process – make a claim after beauty salon negligence by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org, calling 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560, or completing our online enquiry form.