Botox Is Now Banned In Australia

Posted in Skin on April 3, 2020 by


Sorry to be the bearer of bad news. 

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Of all the anti-ageing beauty treatments on the market, Botox is perhaps the most effective and the most polarising (you can read the Gritty Pretty team’s personal thoughts on Botox here). Love it or hate it, there’s one thing we know for sure: as of this week, all anti-wrinkle injections are banned across Australia. 

This latest development is part of the Australian Government’s regulations to slow the spread of COVID-19. The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia issued a statement on Monday to advise that as of midnight on March 31, all anti-wrinkle injections (Botox, Dysport and Xeomin as Botulinum Toxin A) and dermal fillers are banned for cosmetic purposes. These new regulations are aimed at non-medical facilities including beauticians, ‘medi-spas’ and hairdressing salons.

The statement released by the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia reads: 

“Such conduct represents a significant health hazard in any circumstance. The CPCA has consistently shown grave concern preceding this pandemic over the administration of medical substances on these types of non-medical premises. This is now particularly accentuated during the course of this highly contagious pandemic.”

“The College warns that it is highly concerned that during this time, as seen in events such as occurring recently at Bondi Beach and gatherings where social distancing has been ignored, some members of the public may be enticed by non-medical practitioners to undergo cosmetic injectables, including anti-wrinkle injections (Botox, Dysport, Xeomin) and dermal fillers, especially by young vulnerable patients, to undergo these procedures by ‘back yarders’ in unsafe circumstances.”

Sure – this news may serve as an inconvenience to some. However, the sooner we #StopTheSpread, the sooner we can resume business as usual. 

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