Today, Australians are spending $300 million annually on cosmetic injections with about 1.5 million jabs of anti-wrinkle injectable and fillers being administered each year. Thanks to celebrity endorsements, cosmetic treatments, both surgical and non-surgical are growing in popularity and demand.
However, popularity has its drawbacks, as people try and take advantage of the high demand by delivering low quality services and products, as providers cut corners to increase profits.
There is now a growing market for ‘Skype consultations’ which are putting people at risk. According to Australian law, only nurses and doctors can perform injections, but if nurses are administering injections, a doctor present must be on the premises. Alarmingly, a trend has developed where doctors give approval for nurses to inject patients via Skype. This is unfortunately legal. More alarmingly, as the number of injectors grows, so too does the number of ‘nurses’, that aren’t adequately qualified. It has been reported that unregistered non-medical establishments, and unregistered injectors are jumping on board with this trend, all chasing the ‘mighty dollar’!
This practice is incredibly risky. A lot can go wrong with injections, so having a doctor on site to manage any potential complications that arise is an essential health and safety practice. Cosmetic injectables done incorrectly can cause anaphylactic reactions, blindness, skin necrosis and infections. It is recommended, and some would say common sense, that any cosmetic procedure, should be carried out by a relevant qualified practitioner who has been trained to carry out the procedure, and does so regularly in their everyday practice.
The best advice we can give you is to see a professional who is qualified and registered, because with Skype, you don’t know who you’re letting give the go ahead to performing injections into your face. Going to people who are unqualified is like playing Russian roulette with your health. To ensure you are safe, you can check the Australia Health Practitioner Regulation Agent (AHPRA) website to make sure the practitioner you have chosen is registered in Australia.
At Esq, we ensure that all our injectors are adequately qualified, perform injecting as a significant part of their regular practice and perform continuing professional development (CPD) to industry standards, to maintain the high standards of care that we expect for our patients.