A large increase in complications related to cosmetic procedures has prompted a re-launch for more regulation, as industry experts claimed that it was invaded by desperate operators who were inclined to obsession with Australia with beauty.
This week, in a newspaper published by the Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery, it was found that nearly 200 people worldwide received blindness after receiving dermal fillings in the past year.
The figure represents a 94% increase over the previous year and triggered warnings by doctors who say that regulation in the industry has not kept pace with the increasing popularity of cosmetic procedures that offer more perfect lips and smooth skin.
"The trend in Australia and the rest of the world is, in my opinion, a very large, almost exponential increase in these procedures," said the President of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery dr. Irene Kushelew.
"And because of this explosion in the interests of these procedures, there was at the same time an explosion of the number of clinics who established and offered these services.
"The reality is that some of these clinics are not well placed, people working in them often do not comply with the training standards they should be, and it is often very difficult for patients to know the difference."
Health regulators have repeatedly warned of an increase in the number of workers who work illegally, and who use illegal substances in an unregulated environment. In the year 2018, Four Corners revealed that an Australian woman was permanently blind after being injected into her face by a nurse at a clinic where her physically physically present doctor did not.
A year ago, the Commission for the Protection of Health Affairs banned Pu Liu (also known as Mabel Liu) to carry out cosmetic or surgical procedures for at least three years after the investigation by Sydney Morning Herald, who revealed how an unregistered healer had been handling procedures advertised through WeChata. from her Pet Dock.
At the heart of the problem, as industry experts say, there is a lack of regulations that can be called a cosmetic surgeon.
"The term cosmetic surgeon is unregulated and this means that every healer, regardless of his or her experience or qualifications, can be called a cosmetic surgeon," said Associate Professor Gazi Hussain, president of the Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons. .
"So you can become someone who is outside the medical school without any significant exercise in surgery and you can postpone the sign that you are a cosmetic surgeon. You can be a heart surgeon who spent his career searching for people with heart attacks, and then the next day he is called a cosmetic surgeon.
Hussain said that the chief term of the surgeon himself was not protected, which means that most people who are called cosmetic surgeons are not trained for surgery.
General practitioner "may have gone to a weekend course in some kind of cosmetic surgery and then started to carry out this operation," Hussain said.
In 2017, after the death of Jean Huang after a surgery of a breast augmentation by a visiting Chinese surgeon, the government launched an investigation into cosmetic health problems in New South Wales.
In findings published last year, the investigation recommended that the government push the Coag's Health Council to protect or restrict the term at national level.
Coag published a consultative document at the end of last year and is expected to examine whether legislative changes are needed later in 2019.
The NSW inquiry also raised concerns about what it called the spread of "commercial operators who made profit before patients". According to industry estimates, the value of the Australian cosmetic industry is approximately $ 1 billion, which is 40% more per capita than the US.
Dr. Michael Molton of the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia said there was a "fundamental difference" between "commercial" and "medical" operators.
Molton said that if a person is a client and not a patient, "you will sell this person everything you can, regardless of other circumstances, if you need it or not."
Hussain also acknowledged the problem and said ASPS was striving to establish "ethical guidelines" around social media and other advertising.
"What is happening, because this is an unregulated area and the field of growth driven by social media, there has been a real commercialization of the entire area and the commodification of patients," he said.
"We are actually aware of this, and we want to be part of the solution. The point is that if we claim that our members will be in a higher standard, we expect regulators to make sure that other doctors respect a higher standard. "