A tremendous increase in complications associated with cosmetic procedures has prompted a renewed drive for greater regulation in sectoral experts saying it was infiltrated by cunning operators accumulating with an obsession with Australia for $ 1 billion for beauty.
from the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery found that almost 200 people throughout the world had experienced blindness after receiving dermal fillers in the past year.
The figure represents a 94% increase from the previous year and has triggered warnings from physicians who say that industry regulation has failed to keep up with the growing popularity of cosmetic procedures that offer fuller lips and smoother skin.
"In my opinion, the trend in Australia and around the world is a really big, almost exponential increase in these procedures," President of the Australian College of Cosmetic Surgery, Dr. Irene Kushelev, told Guardian Australia.
"And because of this explosion in the interest of these procedures, there was, at the same time, an explosion in the number of clinics that created and offered these services.
"The reality is that some of these clinics are really not well organized, the people who work in them. often do not meet the training standards that need to be, and it is often very difficult for patients to understand the difference. "
Health regulators have repeatedly warned of an increase in the number of practitioners using illegally imported substances in an unregulated environment. In 2018 Four Corners revealed that an Australian woman was obsolete after being injected into her face from the face of the clinic where physician was not physically present.
One year earlier, the Health Appeals Committee banned Pu Liu (aka Mabel Li) from conducting cosmetic or surgical procedures for at least three years after a Sydney Morning Herald investigation revealed that the unregistered practitioner had conducted procedures advertised by WeChat from her apartment.
The problem, says internal specialists, is the lack of regulation about who can be called a cosmetic surgeon.
"The term cosmetic surgeon is unregulated and that means that every practitioner, regardless of experience and qualification, may be called a cosmetic surgeon," Assoc. Gazi Husain, President of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, d.
"So you can be someone who has left a medical school without significant surgical training and you can sign a cosmetic surgeon's sign. You may be a cardiologist who has spent his career to take care of heart attacks, and the next day to call himself a cosmetic surgeon.
Hussein said the chief term surgeon is not protected, which means "the majority of people called cosmetic surgeons do not study in surgery."
The general practitioner doctor may have gone through a weekend course in some cosmetic surgery and then started this surgery, "Hussein said. after the death of Jean Huang after a breast augmentation surgery by a visiting Chinese surgeon, the government of New South Wales launched an investigation into complaints about cosmetic health services
In the conclusions published last year, the study recommended the government to get the Coag Health Council to  Coag has published a consultation document at the end of last year and is expected to consider whether legislative changes are needed later in 2019.
The NSW study also raises concerns about this It calls the spread of "commercial operators who put profits before patients." Industry estimates put the value of Australia's cosmetics industry at about $ 1 billion, which is 40% more per capita than in the US.
Dr. Michael Molton of Australia's Cosmetic Medical College said there was a "fundamental difference" between "commercial" and "medical" operators.
Molton told the investigation that if a person is a client rather than a patient , "you will sell to the person whatever you possibly can, whether or not it is necessary, regardless of any other circumstances"
Hussein also acknowledged the problem and said that ASPS seeks to establish "ethical guidelines" around social media and other advertisements. "What happens is because it is unregulated but a zone and that is a sphere of growth fueled by a social environment. the media there was a real commercialization of the whole area and the co-modifying of the patients, "he said.
"We are actually aware of this and want to be part of the solution. The point is that if we argue to our members that we will stick to a higher standard, we expect regulators to make sure that other practitioners adhere to a higher standard. "