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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.

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