MPS are today launching a fresh inquiry today into dangerous fillers – as it was warned lockdown could be encouraging more Brits to inject themselves at home.
As the country faces weeks longer indoors, with salons and beauty parlours shut, campaigners fear the risks of Brits attempting dodgy procedures at home will only rise.
In a victory for Fabulous’ Had Our Fill campaign, MPs will take evidence on the issues we uncovered, including horror stories of women scarred for life, even blinded, by botched injections.
We’ve been campaigning to make them illegal for children to access, and raise awareness of the potential dangers.
As we revealed earlier this year, MPs will today launch a fresh probe into cosmetic fillers and the largely unregulated industry, and decide whether to press for new laws.
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on beauty, aesthetics and wellbeing want to hear evidence on whether there should be an age limit on getting fillers, and whether the current training rules are enough to be able to inject fillers and other cosmetic surgery at home.
They will also look at the impact of celebrity influencers who promote such procedures to their millions of fans.
The APPG has also found how easy it is for anyone to buy cosmetic items online with just a few clicks.
Lesley Blair, Chair of the British Association of Beauty Therapy & Cosmetology (BABTAC) & The Confederation of International Beauty Therapy and Cosmetology (CIBTAC) told HOAR: “The concern is that as lockdown continues, consumers are becoming more desperate to have their regular beauty treatments and may decide to try and self-administer these at home which could result in severe harm.
“After researching this ourselves, we find it very alarming just how many advanced aesthetic treatment kits and supplies are presently available for anyone to buy online.
“We strongly encourage consumers to refrain from purchasing any products, tools or supplies that are meant for professional use only (with fit for purpose training).”
WHEN FILLERS GO WRONG
We’ve uncovered a series of terrifying photos from case reports showing the reality of what can happen when fillers go wrong.
Meanwhile Carol Bryan told Fabulous she was left blind for life and was driven to the brink of suicide after botched fillers – sharing her horror story to try and help raise awareness.
And 22-year-old blogger Cassidy Valentine told how her £270 fillers nearly killed her – after hyaluronic acid was wrongly injected into an artery, turning her lips blue.
Co-Chairs of the APPG, Carolyn Harris MP and Judith Cummins MP, said today: “The inquiry we are launching today is of increasing importance.
“In recent years we have seen a rapid growth in the popularity of non-surgical cosmetic treatments.
“Yet for too long the lack of consistent standards has left consumers at risk and undermined the industry’s ability to develop.
“We are also increasing concerned about the advertising and social media promotion of these treatments and how to make sure vulnerable people, such as those at risk from mental health issues, are protected.
“As the coronavirus lockdown continues, there is a risk that people may start looking for alternative ways to get their treatments such as by buying aesthetics kits online for DYI use.
“We’re also hearing reports that some rogue operators are flouting the lockdown and social distancing rules and offering aesthetic treatments in people’s homes, creating a serious public health risk.
“We look forward to receiving representations from across the industry as we seek to make recommendations to the Government on an area where action is long overdue.”
Since the campaign launched earlier this year a legion of doctors, politicians and celebrities have joined HOAR’s call for greater regulation.
Presenter Lorraine Kelly has called for action as Lizzie Cundy shared her terrifying ordeal of being temporarily blinded when her filler injection went wrong.
Reality stars Amy Childs, Olivia Attwood, Malin Andersson, Samira Mighty and Arabella Chi have also backed the campaign.
Meanwhile health minister Nadine Dorries has backed HOAR’s call and admitted that she had had Botox herself in the past.
And MP Laura Trott proposed a new law which could make fillers illegal for under 18s.