Australian Skin Clinics Medical Director, Dr Adam Cho, supports the New South Wales Government’s review of the medi-aesthetics industry’s regulations but says strict enforcement is what’s lacking.
“Medi-aesthetics clinics and the administering of cosmetic injections such as dermal fillers or anti-wrinkle injections are regulated under the Health (Drugs and Poisons) Regulations 1996,” Dr Cho said.
“The problem the industry faces is there is little to no enforcement of the regulations, meaning under-qualified practitioners have been able to administer injections in home-based beauty salons, ‘Botox parties’ or un-licensed clinics.
“To ensure consumers are safe and receiving treatments from qualified medical practitioners, the industry not only has to adhere to regulations, but the Government needs to implement stricter enforcement including regular and surprise clinic inspections as well as staff qualification verifications.”
Dr Cho said if patients are concerned that they have not been treated by a qualified medical professional or are concerned about the safety, quality or appropriate storage of the product, they should contact the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA).
“Anti-wrinkle injections and dermal fillers require practitioners to understand the complex structure of tissues and vessels in the skin. They need to be administered in a medical setting to minimise the risk of infection and are classed as prescription drugs, requiring a doctor’s authorisation.
“Prior to treatment, clients can check the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) website to ensure that their practitioner is registered,” he said.
All of Australian Skin Clinics’ cosmetic injectable treatments are performed only by medically trained professionals who have extensive experience as cosmetic nurses and injectors and receive on-going training in order to provide the highest standards of service.
Australian Skin Clinics also operates under Queensland’s strict laser licensing laws, all laser and dermal technicians are qualified to The Advanced Skills Academy’s (TASA) training standards and clinics only use state of the art, gold-standard, medical-grade lasers with TGA approval.