Facelift for cosmetic regulations

The Queensland Government is restricting the location where doctors may perform major cosmetic surgery such as facelifts, tummy tucks, breast or penis enlargements, deltoid or bicep implants and other procedures. 

From 1 January 2018, Queensland doctors will only be able to perform cosmetic procedures that require a general, spinal or epidural anaesthetic or sedation greater than simple sedation on appropriately licensed premises. 

A number of surgical cosmetic procedures, considered high risk, are affected by the change in the law. The changes are being introduced to try to control and reduce the risk of patient harm for these higher risk procedures. Lower risk procedures that are non-surgical such as injectables and fillers are not affected by this change.

This change in Queensland to the Private Health Facilities Act 1999 is aligned with the Victorian Government’s Health Legislation Amendment (Quality and Safety) Bill 2017, which aims “to close a loophole that has allowed cosmetic surgery to take place in unregulated facilities”.

Other jurisdictions are also moving on this issue and in NSW the Health Minister announced (in September 2017) that the NSW Government will investigate the cosmetic surgery industry following claims of clinics ignoring safety laws and using barely qualified surgeons.

The NSW Government’s announcement was made immediately after Jean Huang, 35, died following a botched cosmetic procedure at a beauty clinic she managed in Sydney. The surgery was performed by a Chinese tourist, Jie Shao, 33, who was not a qualified or registered doctor.  

AHPRA has already cracked down on the cosmetic surgery industry and in the last year introduced a cooling off period of seven days for patients considering a major cosmetic procedure and a three-month period for those under 18.

AHPRA has published guidelines for doctors performing cosmetic procedures: FAQs - Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who perform cosmetic medical and surgical procedures

Under the new Queensland laws, the procedures that must now be performed only in appropriately licensed premises include:
abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)
belt lipectomy (lower body lift)
biceps implants
brachioplasty (arm lift)
breast augmentation or reduction
buttock augmentation, reduction or lift
calf implants
deltoid implants
facelift, other than a mini-lift that does not involve the superficial musculoaponeurotic system (SMAS)
facial implants that involve
o inserting an implant on the bone
o surgical exposure to deep tissue
fat transfer of more than 500 millilitres of lipoaspirate
liposuction that involves removing more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate
mastopexy or mastopexy augmentation (breast lift)
neck lift
pectoral implants
penis augmentation
rhinoplasty (nose job)
triceps implants

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