If you are considering plastic surgery or any cosmetic procedure, you should read this.
In the media of late there have been reports and health warnings relating to unregistered practitioners and “backyard” beauty salons performing cosmetic surgery and procedures across NSW, as well as other parts of Australia and overseas. At the end of October 2014 the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ISAPS) issued a press release specifically relating to unlicensed practitioners and medical tourism. This was a result of the deaths of two United Kingdom citizens who had travelled to other countries to have cosmetic procedures performed by uncertified practitioners.
As cosmetic enhancement gains popularity and becomes more accessible to Australians though the introduction of the latest and greatest devices on the market; more and more people are looking to undergo procedures. Unfortunately, this also brings out those that want to make money from the industry boom.
Cosmetic devices are being sold to, and bought by, private people opening salons in their homes or rented premises; and beauty salons and clinics where they are then used by practitioners who have had little or no training. Often there are no doctors or nurses involved with any part of the process in these environments and the consumer is the one who ends up paying the price, not just out of their pocket but with their appearances, health, and in a few rare cases, their lives. As with many industries that have a surge in technological advancements and popularity, regulation takes a while to catch up.
At the Plastic Surgery Hub we are always encouraging our readers to research any plastic surgeons and cosmetic practitioners that you may be considering using for any surgery or procedure. Make sure you understand exactly what is involved in any procedure before undertaking. The ISAPS advises of four factors to consider when looking into any plastic surgery or cosmetic procedure. These are:
Procedure – Choose the procedure right for you. Don’t let anyone else decide for you. Have realistic expectations and do your research about how long the procedure is expected to take and what is involved.
Patient – Plastic and cosmetic surgeons should have your best interests at heart. You should always have a meeting/consultation with any surgeon or practitioner before any surgery or procedure to ensure that you are not a candidate at risk of complications due to any pre-existing condition.
Surgeon – Research your surgeon. Where possible, speak to previous patients. Make sure the surgeon is board-certified and check their training credentials with the medical board in the surgeon’s country.
The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is the organisation that monitors and regulates practitioners in Australia and if you have any concerns about a practitioner you have come across or have experience with, go here for more information.
Surgical setting – standards vary among countries. Hospitals should be certified, and obviously any salon or clinic should be clean, well-organised and registered with the appropriate body (see above).
To read the full ISAPS press release click here.
For more information on or to locate certified and qualified plastic and cosmetic surgeon near you click here.