Calls for fillers to be prescription only to stop the “conveyor belt” of procedures


DERMAL fillers are a popular choice for cosmetic procedures in the UK.

But groups have now called for the injections to be prescription only to prevent them from being distributed so freely.


Sun’s Had Our Fill campaign calls for tougher regulation of £2.75bn industry since 2020Credit: Getty

A new report from the Health and Social Care Committee said fillers promoted on social media should be strictly regulated.

Experts say there should be a 48 hour cooling off period after a consumer has booked a treatment.

There should also be a full medical and mental checkup before the person undergoes the procedure, they insisted.

Committee chairman and former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: ‘We have heard of harrowing experiments – a treadmill approach, with procedures carried out with no questions asked.

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It was previously ruled the charges could not be injected without a license, in a victory for The Sun’s Had Our Fill campaign.

The campaign is calling for tougher regulation of the £2.75billion industry since 2020.

The Committee has now called for fillers to be prescribed online, in line with botox and for there to be a minimum standard of training for practitioners.

Hunt added: “The government must act urgently to end the situation where anyone can perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures, regardless of training or qualifications.”

Victoria Brownlie, policy director of the British Beauty Council, urged the government to take forward the committee’s recommendations, adding: “We want a beauty industry that is a beacon for body positivity with cutting-edge standards of care.

“Regulation of non-surgical cosmetic procedures cannot happen soon enough.”

MPs also claimed Photoshopped images should carry health warnings.

They say ‘tampered’ body images – where models are digitally enhanced to look thinner, tanned or have flawless skin – fuel dissatisfaction and mental damage.

And they want new laws requiring leaked photos to carry a warning logo and influencers to stop retouching their social media posts.

The report also calls for more to be done to tackle obesity and prevent children from developing body image issues early in life.

The proposals include removing popular BOGOF junk food deals.

Earlier this year ministers dropped plans to ban them in light of the cost of living crisis.

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A government spokesperson said: “We know that body image issues can have a devastating impact on a person’s mental and physical health and we continue to take action to support those affected.

“As part of our ongoing efforts, we will introduce a nationwide licensing system to help prevent exploitation, improve safety, and ensure individuals make informed and safe choices regarding non-surgical cosmetic procedures.”

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