The Health Ministry has warned beauty salons to stop providing botox injection treatments to the public or risk facing stern action, which may include jail time.

Health Minister Datuk Seri Dr S. Subramaniam said beauty salons are not equipped to carry out such procedures, which can only be conducted by experts or doctors recognised by his ministry, and this may cause harm.

“For instance, 10 uses of botox may not show any effect, but after the 11th injection, it will show some bad effects.

“We do not want to take such risks,” he told Dr Lee Boon Chye (PKR-Gopeng) during Question Time at Parliament on Wednesday.

Dr Lee had asked the Health Ministry what steps it had taken to monitor beauty clinics while making sure the growing local beauty sector is not hurt.