risk-free cosmetic surgery, even nonsurgical procedures carry risk,” he said.
Patients should check their doctor or nurse was registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency and the facility is accredited.
Dr Ron Feiner, the Dean of the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery, said filler complication rates were very small. He said ensuring people doing the injecting were properly trained and a member of a college like his was more pressing than a register.
“There are poorly trained people who have done a weekend course injecting,” he said.
Allergan, one of the companies that manufactures the fillers, said it would welcome any initiative or tool that improves patient outcomes.
“However, these would need to be reviewed and thoroughly assessed by expert healthcare professionals in the field,” the company said.
Allergan said any medical procedure carries a risk and should always be undertaken by a qualified and registered healthcare professional in a suitable clinical environment.
The serious and disfiguring medical problems caused by fillers are the latest disaster to emerge in the scandal prone cosmetic industry. Several patients of discount breast implant provider The Cosmetic Institute were last year raced to hospital after complications linked to the local anaesthetic they were given.
A class action involving 200 women dissatisfied with their breast implants is also looming against the provider.