Australian Cosmetic Surgery Industry under Scrutiny after Increase in Complications

A rapid increase in incidences of complications related to cosmetic procedures has resulted in a country wide push stricter regulations in Australia in a medical industry sector, which experts claim has been infested by spurious operators who are looking to capitalize on the annual spending of $1Bn by Australians on beauty treatments.

A paper published by the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery have identified that approximately 200 patients on a global scale have become a victim of blindness after receiving treatments involving dermal fillers in 2018 alone. This is a 94 per cent rise from the number of patients affected in 2017. As a consequence doctors have increasingly posted warnings, claiming that regulations governing the industry are not keeping up with the increased popularity of cosmetic processes for results such as smoother skin and fuller lips.

Illegally Imported Substances Have Major Impact

Health regulators across Australia have increased the frequency of warnings about the rise in substandard practitioners who are making use of substances that are imported illegally into the country, for procedures that are carried out in unregulated environments.

The increase in the popularity of these cosmetic procedures has resulted in an exponential increase in clinics that offer such services, many of whom are not properly equipped or not operated by practitioners with the appropriate qualifications. In addition, it is difficult for potential patients to identify the difference.

According to experts in the industry the key factor that is causing damage in this issue is the lack of relevant regulations that can determine who can advertise themselves as cosmetic surgeons. As a consequence of this regulation fail, any medical practitioner, even without relevant qualifications or training can be called a cosmetic surgeon.

Towards solving this issue, the government of New South Wales set up an inquiry into complaints related to cosmetic health services. On the basis of findings by the inquiry, recommendations have been made for the government to encourage the Coag health council to restrict or protect the term cosmetic surgeon at a national level. Consequently, other regulatory bodies have also been looking to set up ethical guidelines for the same.