Cosmetic Surgery Banned for Under 18s on Social Media

Michael Saul
By Michael Saul

Michael Saul heads up TJL Solicitors' cosmetic surgery negligence department, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors.


The new Instagram and Facebook rules preventing under-18s from seeing posts about cosmetic surgery are welcomed but could go further, with 74 percent of Brits calling for an age limit earlier in the year.

Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors launched a petition with the government-approved register of accredited practitioners, Save Face in February 2019, following a national survey of more than 1,000 people.

74% of respondents agreed that there should be an age limit on content that promotes or demonstrates the effects of cosmetic procedures.

The most popular suggested age limit should be 21 years old, with 35% choosing this option:

  • 35 % back an age limit of 21 and older
  • 31 % back an age limit of 18 and older
  • 8 % back an age limit of 16 and older

The survey also asked respondents if the images posted on social media of cosmetic procedures influenced how they felt about their appearance.

 

Social media age limits
  • 48% said these images had no influence on them
  • 23% reported feeling more negatively about their own appearance as a result, and this figure rose to 38% among 21-25-year-olds
  • 52% of survey participants backed the idea of verified accounts using a specific hashtag to declare if they have had cosmetic enhancements while promoting any kind of health, well-being, or beauty treatments and products on social media.

Our petition called for an age limit of 21, which would go further to protect even more vulnerable young people from making snap decisions that could seriously impact their health and quality of life.

The new restrictions only apply to under 18s that have declared their real age to Instagram and Facebook, so it is still crucial for parents of teenagers to remain vigilant and speak to their children about safe habits online.

For the full results of the survey, visit www.cosmeticsurgerysolicitors.co.uk/about/sign-our-petition 

Many thanks to the author of this blog Michael Saul who is a Partner at Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors.

Michael Saul heads up TJL Solicitors' cosmetic surgery negligence department, Cosmetic Surgery Solicitors - the first specialist legal department in England and Wales dedicated to helping victims of negligent cosmetic surgery.

His team has successfully concluded many cases arising from the full range of cosmetic surgery procedures and treatments.

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