Health experts have demanded a new law to make it illegal for anyone under 18 to fork out for dangerous non-surgical treatments.
The demand for the Love Island style in the selfie generation has seen a huge surge in dodgy beauticians offering fillers, botox, piercings and tattoos in living rooms and the back rooms of hair salons.
Experts claim the face-fixes can trigger health problems, including infections, sepsis, scarring and in some cases even blindness if dispensed by untrained therapists.
But youngsters are prepared to take the risk for a fuller pout or smoother face.
A report by the Royal Society of Public Health wants the Government to ban shady businesses who inject young peoples’ faces with chemical enhancers.
Duncan Stephenson, from the charity, said: “A desire to resort to quick fixes among the selfie generation has led to a massive increase in demand for non-surgical cosmetic procedures, especially lip fillers.
“There is huge pressure on young people to conform to the unrealistic and unattainable ideals they see on Instagram and shows like Love Island.
“But there are no age restrictions on non-surgical procedures – it means any 15-year-old schoolgirl could just walk into a shop and get their lips injected.”
Head of the RSPH, Shirley Cramer, has branded the rules “unfit for purpose”.
She added: “The regulation of providers of these services is markedly different across the UK.”
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