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Warning for Applecross botox patients    Click here to read full report

The West Australian

CATHY O’LEARY, MEDICAL EDITOR The West Australian

Health officials have issued a warning to people who received anti-wrinkle treatment at an Applecross beautician, after concerns were raised about illegally imported medicines.

The Department of Health is advising clients who underwent Botox injections at Pastel Skin and Body Care in Applecross to contact a WA Health public health nurse.

The warning follows an investigation which found that the person giving the injections was not a registered nurse and that the medicine had been illegally imported from overseas.

The investigation was triggered after the department received a customer complaint.

As a prescription-only medicine, Botox injections must be prescribed by a medical practitioner and administered by a doctor or nurse.

Deputy chief health officer Andy Robertson said the Botox injections were provided to customers who purchased anti-wrinkle treatment via various internet shopping sites, such as cudo.com.au and deals.com.au.

“Where possible, WA Health is contacting all of the clinic’s clients who have been given injections, but information on some clients is limited,” Dr Robertson said.

“Patients who have undergone anti-wrinkle treatment at Pastel Skin and Body Care within the last year, and who have not received a letter or an email from the Health Department, should contact the public health nurse on 9431 0200 during business hours for further follow-up.”

Dr Robertson said it was important that anyone having Botox injections ensured they were being administered by a trained health practitioner and that they had checked the practitioner’s credentials.

Medicine injections from an unlicensed clinic, particularly where the medicine is imported from overseas and is of unknown quality, placed people at greater risk from both the medicine and cross-infection.

Aussies spend $644.7 million on cosmetic surgery    Click here to read full report

AUSSIES spent $644.7 million to look more beautiful this year – a 15 per cent increase on the previous 12 months. A survey of 584 Australians by the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australia found the most popular choices included anti-wrinkle treatments, such as Botox, hair removal and skin smoothing treatments, such as laser and IPL.

The report also found Australians head to the clinics earlier than our overseas counterparts due to the high levels of sun damage – with most of us seeking treatment in their early-to-mid thirties.

As part of a trend, men are forking out the dollars to look less “cranky” and stop “thinning hair”, while women try to battle the onset of wrinkles and dropping jaw lines.

CPSA president Dr Gabrielle Caswell said new technologies and less invasive treatments were also encouraging more Australians to enhance their beauty.

“Fifty is the new 40 and cosmetic medicine is becoming far more common. People are living longer and working longer, too. I don’t believe they seek treatment to compete with younger generations; it’s more about how they present themselves. They feel young on the inside and want this to be reflected in their appearance.”

The overall biggest concern for both men and women was uneven skin tone closely followed by weight concerns.
When asked which celebrities they thought were the best looking, 45 per cent chose Jennifer Hawkins followed by Elle Macpherson.

But respondents were also aware of how cosmetic surgery can make you look worse – with celebrities such as Jocelyn “Cat Woman” Wildenstein, Melanie Griffith, Mickey Rourke and Sophie Monk named as examples of how things can go wrong.

Since 2008 the CPSA has recorded five consecutive years of growth in the amount that Australians spend on non-surgical cosmetic treatments. During this period, spending has more than doubled from an estimated $300 million five years ago to $644.7 million this year.

“The demand for non-surgical cosmetic treatments continues to grow for a number of reasons but one of the primary factors is new developments in this evolving area of medicine. Emerging treatments are less invasive, more effective and less expensive, making them more appealing and accessible to patients,” said Dr Caswell.

“However, people should always be sure to check the qualifications of their doctor to ensure they are aware of their options and receive an individualised treatment plan suited to their needs,” said Dr Caswell.
-Couriermail.com.au

Hairdressing and Beauty Environmental Scan 2012    Click here to read full report

The Hairdressing and Beauty Environmental Scan 2012 reveals that as a result of the new technologies and treatments in the market [such as IPL, Skin Needling and Chemical treatments] the industry reports that as a result of these developments in treatments and products, there is an increasing need to engage in ongoing professional development in order to remain a specialist in the field. Many of these developments in treatments require new high level skills and substantial levels of knowledge, in addition to economic investments and the risk inherent in some of these procedures is also significant……..in addition to the provision of new services, salons report that they are increasingly called upon to provide professional advice to assist consumers in navigating these developments in products and procedures.’