“Wild West” beauty sector needs regulating

Beauty industry’s “Wild West” antics, says Labour MP Carolyn Harris

The beauty industry likened to the “Wild West”, an increase in complaints to Save Face from 378 in 2017 to 2,083 in 2020 being just the “tip of the iceberg”, and unnecessary interventions causing “serious harm” – potentially leading to extreme complications such as blindness, breathing difficulties, lip amputations and rotting tissue – are some of the most-recent commentaries by Labour MP Carolyn Harris, Save Face’s director Ashton Collins and Women’s Equality Party’s leader Mandu Reid respectively.

Urgent pleas for the regulation of non-invasive cosmetic treatments come amidst news that celebrities too are suffering at the hands of their beauty therapists, supermodel Linda Evangelista included.

Currently, in the UK anyone can perform non-surgical procedures with little or no training, despite the risk of life-threatening side effects. It’s been reported that the majority of complained-about treatments are carried out by beauticians, hairdressers and laypeople. Their clients are largely unaware of the dangers and practitioners fail to warn them sufficiently about any severe problems that can happen.

As of October, the Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act 2021 comes into force, thereby making it illegal for under 18s to be given Botox. But it’s not enough. There are calls for further legislation which is being reviewed by the Department for Health and Social Care.

Before you commit to beauty treatments, browse through our blog so that you’re fully prepared for every eventuality upfront. Our ‘The dangers of unregulated beauty treatments’ and ‘Dermal fillers, lip fillers, Botox – government launches information campaign to raise awareness of risks’ blogs are a good starting point.

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