Blackpool singer’s £16,000 regret as he warns others against botox and fillers
A Blackpool man spent £16,000 on cosmetic procedures as he tried to become famous and had nothing but regrets.
Liam Halewood hoped to break into the world of showbiz and racked up significant debt as he underwent botox, fillers, hair transplants and more under the illusion that he needed a certain look. He has now spoken out as a warning to others and in hopes of helping to bring about stricter regulation of the aesthetics industry.
He was previously compared to Alan Carr and underwent a series of procedures to get the look he thought he needed. By the time he was 28, he had undergone face and lip fillers, non-surgical jaw alignment and hair transplants, as well as eyebrow shaping, regular facials and in-space peels. only one year.
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Now 36 and without a filler, he regrets the journey he has taken to change his face and argues that more should be done for the well-being of patients before and after procedures, Online Mirror Reports. His comments follow a report released on Tuesday by MPs from the House of Commons Health and Social Affairs Committee which called for action to reduce the ‘treadmill’ approach to non-surgical cosmetic procedures by proposing a licenses for service providers.
This should also include minimum training standards for those providing these services and a “cooling off” period between consent and the provision of the procedure, MEPs said.
Although Liam used a licensed practitioner, he says there was never any question as to why he wanted so much work. He said: “I did one thing and realized I could do more and the nurse did it because I said I wanted to. There was nothing about the well- be mental. You sit in the chair, do it and go. It’s as simple as it is.”
The performer, from Liverpool, agrees with the committee that there should be more steps involved – which would make people think twice about why they are going ahead. He also argues that the law that prohibits anyone under the age of 18 from having cosmetic procedures should be increased.
Liam, who in the past had messaged 18-year-olds on Instagram asking for advice on procedures, adds: “You have to ask people, especially today’s teenagers who want to look like a fame on instagram – why do they actually get I think if you’re completely changing your face you need that cooling off period, you need to know you’re doing it for the right reasons.
“Young kids all look alike because they feel like they have to look like a star on Love Island to get ahead in life. I know Botox can be used for medical purposes, but I think there has to be a bigger cap on age and a lot more skincare involved – they put needles in your face and change the way you look I get that you want a fresher look at 50 but at 18-25, you shouldn’t think about it.
Liam’s desire to change his appearance stemmed from the belief that a new face could see him break through on TV, but deep down there were bigger issues. He has made appearances on shows such as BodyFixers, Four in a Bed, Judge Rinder, Xtra Factor and Extreme Diet Hotel.
“I just thought there was no more room for real people on TV,” said Liam, who feared getting old and missing out on opportunities. “I thought ‘how can I get this quick fix and how can I present myself to the world in a different way? This was at a time when I didn’t think I was going anywhere with my career and I thought it would catapult me into the spotlight.
“But I actually lost bookings and it really didn’t do anything for my confidence.” He added: “I understand now that perfection doesn’t exist. I actually think no matter how much work you’ve put in, you obviously have a problem inside that needs to be sorted out.”
Liam paid for his procedures on his credit card, which he struggled to repay when he found himself living on his own after splitting from his ex-partner. He had convinced himself that the investment was worth it and that once he hit the jackpot, he would have the money to pay the bills faster.
“Using credit cards and payment plans for that – that has huge implications,” said Liam, who performs in Blackpool six nights a week. People need to think – does it really make you more confident when you have it? Do you have it done by a real nurse who knows what she is doing with the needles? Is the good follow-up there? And no, I don’t think there is tracking in the current system.”
Liam says the extent of his care after the treatments was a phone call, warning him not to use sunbeds. The committee’s new report also calls on the government to introduce legislation so that ‘commercial images’ that feature bodies that have been doctored in any way – including altering body proportions or skin tone – are legally required to carry a logo to let viewers know that they have been digitally altered.
MPs said the impact of body image on mental and physical health was ‘far reaching’ and the government was ‘not doing enough to understand the scale of the risks’ associated with related dissatisfaction to body image. Liam also argues that social media “influencers” should let their followers know when they’ve used a filter. “They do a job – if they fake it with a filter, it’s false advertising. There needs to be more regulation on Instagram to stop selling the fake dream.”
The turning point for Liam came after his mother begged him to stop altering his appearance and believe in his talent. And about three years ago, his friend encouraged him to shave his head and go for his natural look – where he can still be “sexy”.
Now describing himself as ‘hairy, bald, with a 38 inch waist’, Liam, who let his load dissolve naturally, is happier than ever. “I looked in the mirror and thought, ‘Why am I bothering with all this bullshit?’ No matter how much you change on the outside…I’ve actually become a lot happier on the inside.”
The chairman of the committee, former Health Secretary Jeremy Hunt, said: “The Government must act urgently to end the situation in which anyone can perform non-surgical cosmetic procedures, regardless of their We have heard of harrowing experiences – a treadmill approach with procedures performed with no questions asked, procedures gone wrong, the use of unsanitary premises.
“It was clear throughout our investigation that certain groups are particularly vulnerable to exploitation in this growing market which is largely unregulated. We need a timeline now for a grant regime licensing with patient safety at the center to reduce these risks. We hope ministers listen to our recommendations and set about creating the safety standards that anyone seeking treatment should expect.”
Victoria Brownlie, policy director of the British Beauty Council, urged the government to take forward the committee’s recommendations, adding: “We want a beauty industry that is a beacon for body positivity with cutting-edge standards of care. for non-surgical cosmetic procedures cannot come soon enough and while the government is committed to addressing this issue, current party politics means such policy changes are in limbo. clear.
A government spokesperson said: “We know that body image issues can have a devastating impact on a person’s mental and physical health, and we continue to take action to support those affected. In the As part of our ongoing efforts, we will introduce a nationwide licensing system to help prevent exploitation, improve safety and ensure individuals make informed and safe choices regarding non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
“This will build on the existing support we have in place, ranging from expanding mental health services – including for people with body dysmorphic disorder – with an additional £2.3 billion a year to ‘by 2024, the modification of the law preventing people under 18 from accessing Botox and fillers for cosmetic purposes.