The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia (MBA) announced there will be new guidelines for health practitioners providing non-surgical cosmetic procedures.
The industry rakes in more than $1 billion from Australias seeking procedures from Botox injections, fillers, fat dissolving injections and thread lifts that are performed by doctors, nurses, dentists and other health practitioners.
It comes after a number of complaints have been reported by consumers in the past 18 months about serious harm as a result of these procedures.
One woman reported to AHPRA that she had suffered an infection in her cheek following a botched cosmetic thread lift.
Her face became so infected that she needed surgery to remove an abscess and a second surgery to fix her appearance.
Another woman had a nurse carry out dermal fillers despite her history of known skin conditions that would make the treatment dangerous.
After suffering an adverse reaction, the woman had the fillers dissolved and a steroid treatment to help the symptoms.
"Getting these services is not like getting a haircut – these procedures come with risk. We want to ensure the public knows what safe practice looks like, and that practitioners are doing everything necessary to keep the public safe," AHPRA CEO Martin Fletcher said.
Medical practitioners are already subject to MBA guidelines but soon health practitioners performing non-surgical cosmetic procedures will also be required to follow the rules.
Guidelines are expected to include a stronger focus on informed consent, pre-procedure consultation, and patient suitability assessments.
"There will also be a focus on prescribing and administering prescription-only cosmetic injectables," AHPRA said.
There will also be a crackdown on advertising of these procedures including "before and after" photos, claims about the expertise and qualifications of the practitioners and a ban on the use of testimonials.
Influencers will also be subject to strict rules in promoting the procedures.