ABOUT COSMETIC INDUSTRY IN AUSTRALIA
When choosing a cosmetic treatment provider, it is important to understand the difference between Independent, medical clinics (that are owned and operated by doctors) and corporate-franchise laser salons that operate in shopping malls (that are owned by corporate businessmen). The Laser and Cosmetic Industry in Australia usually stay unregulated.
Laser use Policies
QLD, WA and NSW are the only few who followed somewhat stricter Laser use policies in the past which have in recent times been removed.
This importantly implies that anyone can buy a laser or IPL device and start offering skin treatments like Laser Tattoo Removal or Laser Hair Removal to the general public.
It is crucial for Australians to understand that the laws and regulations which rule the provision of medical / health services in Australia are not applicable to non-medical practitioners that operate under the radar. If something goes wrong, one can hold no one accountable.
A WELL-INFORMED PATIENT IS A HAPPY PATIENT
Patients are flooded with information about cosmetic medicine by print, electronic, broadcast, and social media. Although some of the information that is obtained from these sources may be relevant, much of it is intended to sensationalize instead of educating patients.
Information Regarding Cosmetic Treatment
Websites and social media often burden patients with conflicting information and which results in confusion, frustration, and unrealistic expectations.
The doctor holds the ethical responsibility to give education to the patient by presenting the facts in a way that is unbiased.
As stated above, not all cosmetic clinics are run by doctors. And certainly, do not have all clinical staff with the desired level of experience and training.
A well-informed patient should choose their cosmetic treatment provider as per trust and reputation, and not as per hype or cost.
We follow the Australian Health Practitioners Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) Guidelines For Medical Fees And Marketing. Any Medical Service To Be Promoted By Giving Away Discounts Or Time Limited Offers is prohibited by AHPRA. Cosmetic Clinics who Offer Discount Anti-Wrinkle Injections And Time-Restricted Discounted Cosmetic Surgery Offer Are In Breach Of Medical Board Guidelines.