The Government is considering a ban on fillers and botox for under 18-year-olds so we asked the doctors what they think

Apparently social media is to blame.

13 Jun 2019

The Irish government is considering a ban on botox and cosmetic fillers for people under the age of 18 after a considerable rise in youngsters seeking the cosmetic treatments.

Minister for Health, Simon Harris, said in a statement that cheaper procedures without proper regulation, as well as social media, are to blame, explaining: “Many of these products are being offered cheaply, without prior assessment of the person and by professionals who are not regulated in this country.

"There are a number of reasons for this including a desire by young men and women to be perfect driven by social media.

“But there are also companies and professionals who are exploiting that for their own gain."

Whilst he acknowledged that the problem isn't just specific to Ireland, he does believe that it should be a matter of priority for his government to consider.

He added that whilst he knows the profession and the products are regulated, he is 'conscious' that the industry that is continuing to grow, which, he says, is 'particularly worryingly' targeting young men and women. "This cannot be an area that goes unregulated or unsupervised," he added.

We spoke to Dr Jonquille Chantrey, Aesthetic Surgeon & International Beauty Lecturer. www.oneaestheticstudio.co.uk, who said injectables such as Botox and Dermal filler are not recommended for anyone under the age of 18 years old. "After this," she continued, "it will be at the discretion of your medical practitioner to assess your suitability for dermal fillers."

"Injectable treatments including Botox and Juvederm are ‘non-surgical’, but they involve a medical procedure and are not just a beauty treatment. It is really important to visit registered practitioners to ensure your safety – this includes; Doctors, dentists, and prescribing nurses – all of these professionals learn how to safely administer dermal injections as part of their medical training , including how to deal with any problems.

Meanwhile, Dr Sophie Shotter, Founder of Illuminate Skin Clinic, said: "I highly advise everyone looking at injectable treatments focus on safety. I would recommend no treatment should be performed on anyone under 18 and also that only receive treatment from a medical professional. Whilst it is not illegal for non-medical professionals to perform dermal filler injections, for patient safety, Allergan – the makers of the leading brands such as Juvederm - strongly advise that patients seek treatment from an appropriately trained medical professional."