How young is too young?

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There has been a lot of press recently discussing the age that some people start having aesthetic treatments and the clinics that are offering treatments to individuals as young as 15. Which begs the question of how young is too young?

The most shocking one yet comes from an article in The Sun who took it upon themselves to investigate the issue further, sending out a group of 15 year olds to various clinics across the UK to find out what happened if they asked for treatments such as Botox or filler.

Currently in the UK there is no legal minimum age for performing aesthetic procedures on a patient, but certain regulatory bodies do recommend not treating patients under 18.

With the rise in young celebrities like Kylie Jenner admitting to having cosmetic or surgical procedures it is becoming a less controversial topic amongst young teens with many considering treatments they wish to have by their 16th birthday.

The Sun’s investigation revealed that 6 UK clinics actively offered Botox and fillers to the 15 year old girls, despite knowing their date of births. – Read the article here

We showed the article to our Aesthetic Nurse, Mel Recchia here at Aurora Skin Clinics and asked her for her opinion on the topic;

Image of Mel Recchia“At Aurora Skin Clinics, we do not see anyone under the age of 18.  If the patient is telling the truth at the booking of the consultation they are required to give their date of birth, so anyone under the age of 18 would be highlighted at this stage and flagged up. 

Generally, due to our location in the country we don’t have many young enquiries but I do believe it is more of an issue in other areas.

Botulinum toxin type A, more commonly referred to as Botox is actually only licensed for patients aged 18 and over. Fillers sadly have no regulation currently.

As a practitioner, I would certainly find it unethical to even consider treating anyone under 18, and I would never treat anyone unless there was a clinical need. We don’t treat anyone at Aurora Skin Clinics without a full and thorough skin consultation. 

Sadly the media are making young people believe that they have to have a flawless complexion and that they must never age. 

I also think that generally people don’t appreciate the “medical” nature of these treatments; they have recently become a standard way of life and are considered no more than getting your nails done. 

At the end of the day, patients can choose who they seek to do their treatments, and if they really want something done – they will always find someone who is willing to do it.

Patients need to be educated and made aware of the fact that these procedures should only be carried out by medically trained practitioners. Botox in itself is a prescription only medication and should only be carried out after a face to face consultation by a prescriber, which would be a doctor, dentist or nurse prescriber.”

As Mel referenced, it is really important to know you facts and research both the treatment and the clinic fully before committing to anything.

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