Government in Australia Considering New Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery Clinics

Published Date : Dec 16, 2015

Cosmetic implants market has witnessed a boom in the past couple of years with growing awareness about aesthetic appearance and introduction of new surgical devices. Facial implants, dental implants, breast implants, and others including calf, penile, and buttock implants are key application segments of the cosmetic implants market. Breast implants have surged in the recent past and are expected to increase further in the coming years. However, growing incidences in cosmetic implants malfunction have created a negative image of the market. Low cost cosmetic implants performed at illegal clinics are leading to such implant malfunctions. The New South Wales government in Australia has tightened its noose around many cosmetic surgeons who are illegally performing cosmetic implants such as breast augmentation surgeries. 

Following complaints from patients undergoing breast augmentation surgeries, the Healthcare Complaints Commission investigated at least three private cosmetic surgery clinics in New South Wales. It has been found out that some of the doctors in certain clinics have been using harmful anaesthetics. Reports reveal that some of the patients had suffered cardiac arrests while undergoing breast augmentation surgeries at these clinics. The Medical Board of Australia is reviewing the billion dollar cosmetic implants industry in the aftermath of these incidents. The cosmetic procedures under review include buttock implants, tummy tucks, breast implants, liposuction, penis augmentation, and face and neck lifts. 

Health minister Jillian Skinner has stated that the government is considering further regulation of the industry to make it safer for the patients. The NSW government is considering including a new class of cosmetic surgery in the current laws. This will ensure that cosmetic surgeries can be performed only in licensed private health clinics and hospitals. This will be for the benefit of the patients and to curb the growth of the unlicensed and cheap cosmetic surgery facilities.