SURVEY FINDS MORE AUSTRALIANS TAKING RISKS WITH NON-SURGICAL COSMETIC TREATMENTS

The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia’s (CPCA) latest annual survey of attitudes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures suggests that more Australians than ever are considering such treatments (35 per cent) and just over a quarter of respondents (26 per cent) having had a procedure in the last month – double the amount from the previous year’s results.

The survey, which has been monitoring changes to Australians’ attitudes to non-invasive cosmetic medicine for the past nine years, also found that whilst the number of home treatments had risen, 87 per cent of those who had received non-surgical cosmetic treatments had visited a doctor with a focus on cosmetic treatment or visited a beauty salon for treatment.

Dr Catherine Porter, spokesperson for the CPCA said “It’s alarming and surprising to see the rising number of Australian consumers who are having non-surgical cosmetic treatments performed in a home setting. We are seeing a huge increase in consumers wanting injectables, laser treatments, microdermabrasion, all of which, unfortunately, are becoming more frequently administered in unsafe environments. The risk to patients of infection, or worse, through visiting unaccredited practitioners is incredibly high – and that’s why the recent warning by NSW Health is so timely. What our most recent survey highlights is that this problem is likely to be nationwide.”

The CPCA said that the dramatic rise of in-home treatments was driven, in part, by the advent of hand held lasers for hair removal and skin improvement.

“It is highly advisable that you consult a doctor before opting for these home devices. These hand-held devices are less effective and cover less skin area than doctors’ lasers. If you decide to treat yourself, it is imperative that you follow the instructions to the letter because over-treating the same area can cause welts, blisters or scars. For treatments of conditions like serious acne scarring, you should always seek treatment from a doctor who has a focus on cosmetic medicine.”

Resulting national coverage from the survey was published online and in print across major lifestyle and news publications.

For further information or for patients interested in finding a qualified doctor with an interest in non-invasive cosmetic medicine visit www.cpca.net.au.

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