The ravages of cosmetic surgery scammers in Australia

Patients “disfigured” and Australians “rightly shocked”, reports the daily of the country The Age, through practices of “cow-boys”. In Australia, while the cosmetic surgery industry is booming, investigations follow one another and reveal fraudulent and dangerous practices for patients. In a statement, Health Minister Mark Butler, “said it: Australians should not be deceived by plastic surgeons”, continues the title.

In Australia, practicing cosmetic surgery is within the reach of many doctors, explained already last October The Guardian : “Under current regulations, any doctor licensed by the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (Ahpra) can sell their services as a cosmetic surgeon without further training.” For example, a pediatrician could perform liposuction, or a psychiatrist “Brazilian butt lift”.

At the beginning of June, investigation co-signed by the Sydney Morning Herald, The Age et 60 Minutes denounced “the not very clear underside of the cosmetic surgery business”, while Australians spend more than $1 billion a year on such procedures

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