Cosmetic clinics to assess mental health before offering Botox

Staff will be trained to spot vulnerable people and direct them towards NHS services

Cosmetic clinics will begin assessing patients’ suitability for Botox in an attempt to spot those whose desire to alter their appearance is due to mental health problems.

The Joint Council for Cosmetic Practitioners (JCCP), a trade body, has decided that member clinics will introduce new practices designed to protect the psychologically vulnerable. It has acted after the NHS’s top doctor claimed that the cosmetic industry was doing too little to stop those with body image obsessions undergoing potentially harmful treatments.

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