Under-18s banned from getting botox and fillers under new law

Jesse Williams

By Jesse Williams

Jesse Williams

2 May 2021

Any under-18’s who had plans to get Botox or Fillers in the UK will have to wait a little longer with the two procedures now banned for them under new legislation. 

The change comes under the new ‘Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Act’ passed through Parliament this week and will come into force in autumn.

MP Laura Trott, who introduced the Bill, said “no child needs cosmetic botox or fillers. 

“I am thrilled we have been able to change the law to ensure children are now protected.”

The move celebrated by medical practitioners and politicians alike will stop an estimated 41,000 botox injections according to the Department for Health.

Botulinum toxin (Botox), dermal fillers and laser hair removal account for nine out of 10 non-surgical treatments performed in the UK.

Dr Tijion Esho, a cosmetic doctor, said: “I’ve seen everything from abscesses caused by severe infections to haematomas – big clots of blood in the lip – and in more extreme cases, necrosis where the tissue in the lip starts to die.”

“Under-18s tend to have been impacted by digital pressures to look a certain way and in many instances don’t have the finances necessary to opt for these treatments with a reputable, medical practitioner. We are now moving towards a much safer future for patients.”