People under the age of 18 are now banned from receiving botox and lip fillers as part of a government crackdown on cosmetic beauty procedures in England.
New laws coming into effect on Friday prevent young people from getting the injections. Previously, there were no controls on people under the age of 18.
Botulinum toxin procedures are widely used by people who want to reduce the appearance of wrinkles on their face.
The effects aren’t permanent and usually last around three or four months, according to the NHS.
In the UK, the cost of Botox injections can range from around £ 100 to £ 350 per treatment, depending on the clinic and the area being treated.
Botox injections for cosmetic reasons are not available at the NHS.
Dermal lip filler procedures are used by people who want to give their lips a fuller look.
The effects are also temporary and usually last between six and 18 months.
Most dermal fillers used in the UK contain a natural substance called hyaluronic acid.
The use of botox and lip fillers has become increasingly popular in the UK in recent years, but their use is controversial.
Doctors are not required to give the injections, and activists say the practice is dangerous and can go wrong.
Government estimates suggest that up to 41,000 Botox procedures were performed on under 18s in England over the past year, raising concerns that the non-surgical cosmetics industry is under regulatory control.
However, activists say the new laws don’t go far enough.
There is still no UK law requiring practitioners to have a formal qualification or training for the procedures and there are concerns that young people might cross borders to acquire them.
Wales and Scotland are expected to update the law in the future, although Northern Ireland does not plan to do so.
Ashton Collins, director of Save Face, a national register of accredited doctors offering non-surgical treatments, said the law needs to be expanded to include all non-surgical treatments.
She told the BBC, “We see a lot of women who have had these treatments and it went wrong – because anyone can make these threads and they are quite invasive.
“Although healthcare professionals who perform these treatments must be regulated by the Care Quality Commission, laypeople and beauty therapists do not.”
Tory MP Laura Trott, who called for the law change in parliament, said, “No child needs cosmetic botox or fillers and from today [Friday] You will no longer be able to go into a clinic or someone’s home and undergo a dangerous and unnecessary procedure that could ruin your life.
“It won’t solve all of the problems in this industry, but it will make a real difference for the under 18s.”