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Monday, 20 December 2021

Herald Sun Article – ‘Cosmetic surgery ought never to be a gamble’

By Dr Robert Sheen IMAGINE a country where rogue doctors call themselves cosmetic “surgeons”, without being appropriately qualified to perform cosmetic surgery. It’s a place where patients are consistently put at risk, leaving them with life-threatening injuries and lifelong deformities, and in some cases death – all while the nation’s health regulator and governments allow […]
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Friday, 3 December 2021

The Sydney Morning Herald Article – ‘Profit over patient safety’: Health regulator launches review into Cosmetic Surgery Industry

The national medical regulator has announced a sweeping review of the multibillion-dollar cosmetic surgery industry, acknowledging that a profit-driven culture had led to dangerous practices that sparked widespread concerns about patient safety. The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) said the external review into the booming industry, which will be led by the outgoing Queensland […]
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Thursday, 11 November 2021

Mamamia Article on the Exploitation of Surgery/Patients on Social Media

Plastic surgery has become entertainment. Here’s why it’s worrying. Scroll through social media and you’ll find yourself sitting front-row in an operating room, watching a surgeon make incisions on a body. There’s blood. Implants. Discarded fat. The hum drum of music in the background. And it’s all happening in real life. With the rise of […]
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Thursday, 28 October 2021

The Sydney Morning Herald Article on Why the Cosmetic Surgery Industry Needs more than a Tummy Tuck.

Why is cosmetic surgery treated so differently from other forms of surgery? One reason is the trivialisation of the procedures – the language of “tummy tucks” and “man boobs” distracts attention from the fact that much cosmetic surgery involves significant health, even life-threatening, risks – more so if compounded by inadequately regulated and poor medical […]
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Wednesday, 27 October 2021

The Sydney Morning Herald Article on Laws against Rogue Cosmetic Surgeons have Waited Three Years

Dr Robert Sheen, a specialist plastic surgeon and president of the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said short of protecting the title of cosmetic surgeon, practitioners should be forced to tell patients what is their exact medical registration. “If the cosmetic surgeon was forced to disclose, for example, that they have general registration with […]
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Wednesday, 27 October 2021

ABC’s The Drum on Cosmetic Surgery Titling

By Dr Naveen Somia “Surgeon title transparency is the key to patient safety, The title ‘cosmetic surgeon’ is not an AHPRA approved title for a Registered Surgeon in Australia. While Registered Specialist surgeons use their officially allocated surgical title that is an accurate reflection of their registration and specialisation, the use of the title ‘cosmetic […]
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Tuesday, 19 October 2021

Why the title ‘Cosmetic Surgeon’ Needs to be Policed

By Dr Naveen Somia Policing the use of the title ‘cosmetic surgeon’ will prevent doctors from holding out as specialists and improve patient safety. We are led to believe cosmetic surgery is all about a ‘nip here and a tuck there’. We often see marketing terms such as “lunch time lipo”, “lunchtime liquid facelift” and “rapid recovery […]
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Friday, 3 September 2021

ASAPS reschedules annual Non-surgical Symposium for ‘bigger and better’ event in June 2022

In light of COVID-19 travel and safety restrictions the Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons has postponed its annual symposium until 2022, where it will celebrate ten years of educational excellence. Thursday 2nd September, 2021: The Australasian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS) announced today that its annual Non-surgical Symposium (NSS) event will be postponed […]
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Wednesday, 1 September 2021

Mamamia Interview with Dr Naveen Somia on Eyelid Lifts

What is an eyelid lift procedure? “An eyelid lift, or ‘eyelift‘ is a marketing term referring to a plastic surgery procedure, or a combination of procedures performed on the upper eyelid to make the eyes look more open and bright, resulting in the patient looking rested and youthful,” explains Dr Naveen Somia. Eyelid lift surgery is […]
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Friday, 13 August 2021

ABC Triple J Hack Interview on the Ramifications of Face Filters on Social Media

When I open Instagram, there’s a face filter where I get a cowboy hat. I automatically get makeup and bigger lips. The next one after that gives me a nose ring and a beard. I could keep going because all of them, even the last one, which makes me look like a man. It still makes me look […]
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