Beauticians and clinics offering unregulated cosmetic procedures face tighter controls under government proposals that could lead to licences being required for non-surgical treatments such as Botox and fillers.
Sajid Javid, the health secretary, has acted after a Times investigation last month disclosed that some beauticians were injecting young women with “black market” Botox versions, putting them at risk of being disfigured for life.
Undercover reporters exposed practitioners offering facial injections with cheap versions of Botox that were not licensed in the UK. One man who represented himself as a doctor but is not registered with the General Medical Council advised a female reporter to have 22 injections of an unlicensed product.
After the investigation was published Javid said that the practices uncovered were “totally unacceptable”.