Botulinum Toxin and Cosmetic Fillers (Children) Bill

Part of the debate – in the House of Commons at 9:54 pm on 16th October 2020.

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Photo of Jane Stevenson Jane Stevenson Conservative, Wolverhampton North East 9:54 pm, 16th October 2020

It is a pleasure to follow my hon. Friend James Cartlidge, who spoke so passionately about children’s mental health, which is at the core of the Bill. I thank my hon. Friend Laura Trott and congratulate her on bringing this really important Bill to the House.

The use of botulinum toxin and dermal fillers has become big business over recent years. These non-surgical procedures are now a £2.75 billion industry in the UK. They started out as a subtle way to knock a few years off and to look a bit younger, but in recent years they have been used to a much greater extent and to achieve a much more obvious cosmetic effect. They can be used to change the shape of facial features—to disguise a bump on someone’s nose, to redefine their jawline, or to plump up their cheeks or their lips. They are becoming incredibly popular.

We live in an age when everyone has a video camera in their pocket and our daily lives are shared on social media and broadcast on such a wide range of social media channels. Magazines bombard us with airbrushed images of celebrities. I know that my hon. Friend Dr Evans seeks to require doctored images to be clearly labelled on social media, but sadly, at the moment, our young people look at very unrealistic images.