Home' Clinical Aesthetics : CA issue 6 Contents "Years ago, any business attempting to get registered as a clinic
needed to show the AHPRA registration of the doctor in charge.
"Now any person can register a clinic as a business. Off-site
supervision using teleconferencing without the doctor ever
examining the patient is accepted, so who physically takes charge of
a resuscitation if something untoward happens?
"I am personally from an emergency background and so I am
fully trained in advanced cardiac and life support."
NEED FOR MORE EDUCATION
Because they are now so commonplace, many people either do
not understand, or underestimate the ramifications non-surgical
treatments such as anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections (and
associated medicines used with them) can have, and especially in
the hands of untrained, unqualified, unregistered, unethical or
other wise inexperienced clinicians.
Cosmetic medical professionals are in a premium position to
educate not only their own patients about the realities of these
procedures but the public at large; specifically, people who may be
considering them but don't know the best way to approach it.
For instance, Dr Cath Porter says that it's important for consumers
not to base their choices of treatment on what is the cheapest.
"[Price] should never be an overriding factor when deciding
who to choose as an injector," Dr Porter says. "Suspiciously cheap
offers may be just that -- suspicious.
"It may indicate that the products being offered are illicitly
obtained (likely online) with no proof of the safety or efficacy
of their ingredients and/or the treatments are being performed
"It's no good having a beautiful face on a dead body," she quips.
"And when you are providing these ser vices you are completely
responsible for a patient's health. I always call to mind the most
basic premise I was taught as a student doctor: `Do no harm'.
"When a patient sees a registered practitioner they know they
are receiving care from someone who is appropriately trained and
held to account to national standards."
Breast augmentation via hyaluronic dermal fillers is not
an approved procedure and the College would not
We have been made aware of some rogue operators
using non-TGA approved products and such products being
ordered via the internet from overseas suppliers for both
surgical and medical procedures.
Wherever dermal fillers are used containing lignocaine,
resuscitation equipment must be on hand.
It is important for patients to do their research before
undertaking any procedure and to ensure the practitioner
chosen is well trained and has extensive experience in the
Following the tragic death of Jean
Huang, the Australasian College
of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS)
responded to national media and
public concern over standards in
Statement from the ACCS
A full patient medical history is mandatory before any
cosmetic medical or surgical treatment, including dermal
fillers and toxins, is carried out. This must be undertaken
by a fully qualified medical practitioner, and must include a
history of allergies and a full list of any medications that the
patient is currently taking. This is a legal requirement and any
clinic not offering this to patients is in breach of the law.
Patients should question the type of facility offering cosmetic
medical procedures and ensure it is equipped appropriately to
offer such ser vices in an appropriate clinical environment.
In the event of cosmetic surgery in NSW be aware of the seven
day cooling off period that must be offered to each patient.
ACCS president Dr Ron Bezic, adds that the College
would like better enforcement of the current regulations,
particularly where beauty clinics are venturing into medical
and surgical treatments where they may be unaware or
ignoring the current regulations.
Raising standards and protecting patients is the raison
d'être of the ACCS, which recognises the need for procedure
specific education and training for cosmetic medical and
cosmetic surgical practitioners.
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