Cosmetic surgery regulation overhaul touted

The board today announced a review of the regulation of registered medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.

Among the board’s proposals are beefed-up protections for those under 18, including a three-month cooling-off period and mandatory psychological assessment. A seven-day cooling off period would apply to those over 18.

Also proposed is a ban on medical practitioners prescribing Schedule 4 cosmetic injectables unless they have had a face-to-face consultation with a patient, with another consultation required for each course.

The board is concerned that patients increasingly rush into the potentially life-changing decision to have a cosmetic procedure. It is also concerned about the quality and accuracy of information provided by practitioners, that informed consent processes vary, and that only some jurisdictions specifically protect children. Post-procedure care is also in the spotlight.