Faces Of Instagram Contribute To Recent UK Ban On Botox & Fillers

Dr. Mariano Busso is a Diplomate of the American Board of Dermatology and a Fellow of the American Academy of Dermatology. He is recognized as one of the world’s leading experts in cosmetic fillers as acknowledged in the prestigious Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology (JAAD) by the president of the American Academy of Dermatology, Dr. C. William Hanke. Dr. Mariano Busso was honored to be a part of the FDA advisory panel that developed national guidelines for the use of cosmetic fillers. Over the past three decades, Dr. Busso has developed one of the largest cosmetic practices in the U.S. based in Miami, Florida, and has since expanded his practice to Beverly Hills, California to serve his celebrity clientele. As a Dermatology resident, Dr. Busso received the highest awards a resident can receive: the George Ioannides Teaching Award and the Upjohn Research Award. Dr. Mariano Busso has made numerous breakthrough discoveries throughout his career, with multiple contributions in the research field. He is viewed as a thought leader in his specialty and his views are sought-after by industry leaders including Allergan, Merz, Galderma, BTL, and NovaThreads. Notably, the scale to evaluate volume loss in the hands is called the “Busso Hand Volume Severity Scale.” After years of experience working with threads and fillers, he has developed the BussoLyft, which removes dark circles and combines filler and threads to reduce jowls. His technique is proving to be the latest game-changer in rejuvenation. Haute Beauty expert Dr. Busso discusses the recent UK bans on anti-wrinkle and filler injections to be used on minors. 

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Instagram has played a large role in the cosmetic industry. For quite some time, Generation Z or ‘younger adults’ have been directly influenced by celebrities and influencers who promote cosmetic surgeries. Lip fillers, anti-wrinkle injections, you name it. The cosmetic industry has seen a large influx of younger people wanting and receiving treatments that replicate the faces of Instagram. 

Unfortunately, many people who undergo cosmetic treatments have a poor experience, leaving their faces scarred permanently. Prominent figures in the social media world have come forward discussing the risks that come with the two nonsurgical procedures (botox and fillers) urging for all to stay educated of the complications.

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As of October 1st, the United Kingdom has banned anti-wrinkle and filler injections for teens under the age of 18. 

According to The Daily Mail and The Sun, 41,000 injectable procedures were administered on patients under the age of 18 in the U.K. last year. This raised major concerns that there was simply not enough regulation on the non-surgical cosmetic industry.

Exceptions are in place for doctors who may need to use injectables for medical reasons, however, the majority of consumers use these treatments for cosmetic purposes. In compilation with the law, doctors will be required to receive age verification prior to treatment. 

“Whenever a patient decides to have a cosmetic procedure it is important for me to consult, educate and assess. Not everyone is right for every procedure. The measures passed in the UK were put in place to protect people and I respect that but I also believe that there are young people who with their parent’s consent and our expertise are ready for these types of services,” said Dr. Busso. 

This change is to protect younger people’s risk of potential health issues from botox and fillers. Currently, the United States requires parental consent if you are a patient under age 18. There is no known discussion of the UK's strong bans being implemented in the U.S. 


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