As part of the Department of Health, the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) safeguards and regulates the health of the Australian community.
The popularity of non-surgical enhancements using cosmetic injections are increasing in Australia, therefore the TGA have issued a reminder about the associated risks and questions you should ask during your consultation.
Did you know?
- The process of injecting dermal fillers is a medical procedure that should only be undertaken by a qualified medical doctor, or a nurse under the supervision of a doctor.
- Dermal fillers and wrinkle relaxers are prescription-only products.
- Neither the brand name of a product or substance used in cosmetic injections can be advertised to the public.
- Only products approved by the TGA should be used.
- Doctors who lack adequate experience, qualifications and knowledge can cause significant adverse events.
Here are the key questions you should ask during your consultation:
Question 1: Who will be performing my procedure?
First of all ensure the person performing the procedure is a qualified and registered medical doctor or a nurse who is acting under a doctor’s supervision. The national register lists all persons who hold registration and can be freely searched on the AHPRA website.
Utopian Cosmetics is a premium clinic who only appoints Dr. Dennis Millard as the lead clinician. Dr. Millard graduated from the University of Western Australia with a Bachelor Degree in Medicine and Surgery (MBBS) and is a Specialist Anaesthetist and Fellow of the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthesia.
Question 2: How much experience do you have in this type of procedure?
Doctors must have extensive knowledge of the facial anatomy, as well as the required training and experience. Dr. Millard has seven years experience in medical and cosmetic injectables and started Utopian Cosmetics in 2011. Dennis is highly passionate about the field of medical cosmetics and above all enjoys helping his patients to achieve confidence in their cosmetic goals.
Question 3: What product will you be using? Is it approved by the TGA?
Due to legislation and regulations governing the advertising of therapeutic goods, product information such as the brand name of substances cannot be advertised, therefore this information is only available if you ask the clinic directly so you can cross check the approved product on the TGA website.
Question 4: What are the risks associated with this procedure and what level of aftercare will you provide?
As with any procedure, there are associated risks that your doctor should explain. Our clinic coordinator Steff is ‘on-call’ and contactable on the clinic mobile if you have any concerns or questions about your aftercare. No matter the time of day, you will be supported and she will liaise with Dr. Dennis to make recommendations. The clinic phone number is 1300 311 755.
You can read the full release from the TGA at https://www.tga.gov.au/sites/default/files/things-consider-undergoing-procedures-involving-dermal-fillers.pdf