“Muscle relaxants and most dermal fillers are Schedule 4 medications that require prescription by a registered medical practitioner. Registered or Enhanced/Endorsed Enrolled/Div 2 Nurses can inject these products, but only under the supervision of a medical doctor.“
The wonderful wrinkle-reducing benefits of cosmetic injectables have made them enormously popular across Australia. That popularity has spawned a boom in cosmetic clinics and medispas focusing almost exclusively on these non-invasive treatments.
Posted: 26 November 14
By Louisa McKay
It is important to remember that while cosmetic injectables are safe in the hands of a trained professional, a growing number of non-aesthetic health professionals have also emerged to perform treatments using muscle relaxants and other injectables.
This has understandably given rise to concern in patients who consider training the most important factorwhen considering anti-wrinkle treatments.
Who Can Give Anti-Wrinkle Injections in Australia
Who are the people behind the needles?
Any healthcare professional can administer cosmetic injectables, but some do a better job than others. Plastic and cosmetic surgeons, cosmetic physicians, dermatologists and other doctors specialising in cosmetic treatments use cosmetic injectables regularly at their clinics. Nurses trained in cosmetic injecting are able to inject under the guidance and supervision of a doctor.
Their extensive experience with muscle relaxants, dermal fillers, and other injectables assures patients of optimal outcomes.
Peers Rate Plastic Surgeons & Dermatologists as Top Injectors
According to a global study published in the official journal of the International Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, plastic surgeons and dermatologists get top ratings as injectors from their peers in the medical field.
“Since most of the growth in the field of cosmetic injectables is being driven by providers other than plastic surgeons and dermatologists, it appears that further clarification of training requirements and practice guidelines is necessary to ensure a consistent, reproducible, and safe experience for the patient,” – Dr Henry Spinelli, Division of Plastic Surgery Presbyterian Hospital, in an article for Science Daily
How to Protect Yourself against Epic Cosmetic Injectable Failures
The Better Health Channel offers these suggestions for making your experience with cosmetic injectables the best it can be:
- Choose an appropriately qualified injector.
- Ask about the injector’s training (where and when).
- Ask about the injector’s experience (how many patients and what type of injectables).
Internet Makes Cosmetic Injectables a Dangerous Do-It-Yourself Affair
New Zealand and Australian surgeons are warning people not to buy fake (anti-wrinkle) injections on the Internet in a misguided attempt to save money.
“Muscle relaxants and most dermal fillers are Schedule 4 medications that require prescription by a registered medical practitioner. Registered or Enhanced/Endorsed Enrolled/Div 2 Nurses can inject these products, but only under the supervision of a medical doctor.“ – Australasian Academy of Cosmetic Dermal Science
Several people were severely injured and suffered life-threatening complications after giving themselves injections or opting for “black market” injections in a non-medical setting.
There are hundreds of caring, experienced injectors throughout Australia. If you need help finding one, please contact Costhetics. We want you to look your best!