Calls for fillers to be prescription-only to stop ‘conveyor belt’ of procedures | The Sun

DERMAL fillers are a popular choice when it comes to cosmetic procedures in the UK.

But groups have now called for the injections to be prescription only in order to stop them being dished out so freely.

A new report from the Health and Social Care Committee said fillers being promoted on social media needed to be tightly regulated.

Experts say there should be a 48-hour 'cooling off' period after a consumer books a treatment.

There should also be a full medical and mental health check carried out before the person has the procedure, they urged.

Chair of the committee and former health secretary Jeremy Hunt said: "We heard of some distressing experiences – a conveyor-belt approach, with procedures carried out with no questions asked."

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It was previously decided that fillers could not be injected without a licence, in a victory for The Sun's Had Our Fill campaign.

The campaign has been calling for tighter regulation of the £2.75billion industry since 2020.

The Committee has now asked that fillers should be made prescription online, in line with botox and that there should be a minimum training standard for practitioners.

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

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Victoria Brownlie, chief policy officer for the British Beauty Council, urged the Government to take the Committee's recommendations forward, adding: "We want a beauty industry that stands as a beacon for body positivity with world-leading standards of care.

"Regulation for non-surgical cosmetic procedures can't come soon enough."

MPs also claimed that photoshopped images should carry health warnings.

They say “doctored” body images – where models are digitally enhanced to be thinner, tanned or have perfect skin – are fuelling dissatisfaction and mental harm.

And they want new laws forcing filtered pics to carry a warning logo and  influencers to quit touching up 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.

Proposals include scrapping popular BOGOF deals for junk foods.

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

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A government spokesperson said: "We know the devastating impact issues around body image can have on a person's mental and physical health and we are continuing to take steps to support those affected.

“As part of our ongoing effort, we will be introducing a national licensing scheme to help prevent exploitation, improve safety and ensure individuals are making informed and safe choices about non-surgical cosmetic procedures."

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