SHOULD WE BAN INJECTABLES FOR UNDER 18s?
Is it really Love Island’s fault?
Many health “experts” are calling for a ban on injectables for under 18s in light of TV programmes like Love Island.
The demographic of the fans of reality TV shows like Love Island are believed to be encouraging a new generation of youngsters in search of body perfection – and that includes looking to use injectables such as anti-wrinkle treatments and dermal fillers.
In its latest report, the Royal Society for Public Health (RSPH), is calling on the Government make non-surgical cosmetic treatments such as Botox and fillers illegal for those under the age of 18.
Spokesperson Duncan Stephenson said: “A desire to resort to quick fixes among the selfie generation has led to a massive increase in demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, especially lip fillers.
“There is huge pressure on young people to conform to the unrealistic and unattainable ideals they see on Instagram and shows like Love Island, but there are no age restrictions on non-surgical procedures. It means any 15-year-old schoolgirl could just walk into a shop and get their lips injected.”
Head of the RSPH, Shirley Cramer, has branded the current rules surrounding injectables as “unfit for purpose”, adding, “the regulation of providers of these services is markedly different across the UK”.
But doesn’t self-regulation already seem to be addressing the issue? Organisations like The Beauty Aesthetic Special Interest Committee (BASIC), a group of industry leaders originally established by the Government’s own advisory body the JCCP, in January agreed unanimously to help create nationally accepted guidelines and recommendations for non-medics across the aesthetics industry.
These include not treating those under the age of 18.
So, do we need to go down the path of legislation?
Probably – to help route out those who will seek a quick buck over public safety and the possible best interests of the consumer.
What do you think?