The law around getting Botox and fillers is about to change

Kate Pasola
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Photo credit: Anna Efetova - Getty Images
Photo credit: Anna Efetova - Getty Images
  • New legislation was approved by the Queen today, banning under-18s from accessing Botox and/or fillers in the UK

  • Even medically required procedures for those under the age of 18 are affected by the rulings, dictating that they can only take place in specific circumstances

  • The ban is officially in place from today, but isn't expected to come into full force until Autumn 2021

It was announced today that the Queen approved legislation banning under-18s from receiving both Botox and fillers in the UK.

The “Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act" prevents anyone under the age of 18 to access either procedure. And, according to a spokesperson for the Conservatives, even 'medically necessary' Botox or fillers will only be able to take place in the presence of "a doctor, registered medical practitioner, or a health professional".

The news comes after a general shift in attitude towards fillers and Botox both in the celebrity world and for everyday consumers, and wariness surrounding the availability of procedures to children and young teenagers. According to analysis by the Department for Health, 41,000 botulinum toxin procedures may have been carried out on under-18s in 2020 and more than 29,300 dermal filler procedures may have been performed on under-18s since over the past four years.

The Bill was introduced by MP Laura Trott MP over a year ago, back in January 2020 - and quickly gained cross-party support in both the House of Commons and the House of Lords.

“No child needs cosmetic Botox or fillers," Trott told a spokesperson in response to the ruling, which will eliminate what she called "the dangerous and unnecessary procedures which can ruin children's lives."

Trott feels the development is a "big step forward in protecting young people, particularly women, from unscrupulous providers."

The Bill, will be officially enshrined in law today is likely not to come into full force until Autumn 2021, in order to allow businesses the time to become familiar with the new rules and to train staff.

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