Data collected by WhatClinic.com has highlighted concern over clinic processes to curtail teenage demand for aesthetic treatment.
The survey revealed that only 4% of aesthetic clinics request photo ID from aesthetic patients and approximately 10% of those surveyed said they would only ask for ID if the patient was 'particularly young looking'. Furthermore, 78% of clinics said that they only rely on information that the patient volunteers through form completion before any procedure is carried out.
WhatClinic conducted the survey in response to the increase in consumers within the 18-24 age bracket looking for filler and botulinum toxin related treatments.
Dr Susanna Hayter, a GP and aesthetic practitioner, said, "I am getting more and more enquiries from young girls regarding requests for lip fillers. They usually want a consultation and treatment on the same day. However, all potential patients should have a consultation where the risks and likely outcomes are made clear, which should then be followed by an appropriate cooling off period. Many places do not follow these critical guidelines provided by the General Medical Council (GMC) for cosmetic procedures.”
She continued, “We require all clients to provide information including date of birth, and I would never consider treating anyone below the age of 18. Given the results of the WhatClinic survey, we will now routinely ask all clients who appear to be below 25 years old for photo ID."
The results of the survey also highlighted that 58% of clinics said that the demand for lip fillers is continuing to grow. They cited social media and celebrity as key influencers of the younger population.