The specialists at Elanic have always placed a high level of importance on ensuring that every prospective client is fully-informed and is never put under any pressure to make a decision about having any sort of cosmetic procedure. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said for other practitioners operating across the world, which is one of the reasons why one country’s medical board is now recommending that an essential, legally-enforceable cooling-off period is introduced.
The Medical Board of Australia has released draft guidelines which, if implemented, would mean that clients would not be allowed to have cosmetic surgery unless a set amount of time had passed between their initial consultation and the procedure being performed. The board wants to see a mandatory period of seven days being set for adults, allowing them to ‘cool-off’ between their consultation and the scheduled work. This would rise to three months for people under the age of 18, who would also have to have a compulsory assessment carried out by a registered psychiatrist or psychologist.
The guidelines aim to add more clarity to an industry in Australia where there are no consistent rules for practitioners or patients when it comes to what is classed as a reasonable minimum period between a consultation and an actual procedure being carried out. Experts believe that this means that some clients feel pressured into having procedures performed or who sign-up for work without fully considering factors such as the cost, the risks and the potential outcome.
Dr Joanna Flynn, the chair of the Medical Board of Australia, said the guidelines aimed to ensure public safety without practitioners being burdened with unreasonable regulations or limiting consumer choice. Other effects of the new rules would be that those seeking treatments such as Botox, which involve prescription-only injectables, would need to have a face-to-face consultation and there would be new limits implemented on where a variety of procedures could be carried out.
There would also be a greater emphasis on ensuring that clients were fully informed about their chosen procedure, including any limitations on its effectiveness and possible risks or side-effects. This aims to rectify a common misconception that cosmetic work is not a ‘real’ medical procedure when, in fact, similar considerations need to be made as they would if a person was undergoing essential medical treatment. The regulations would cover a wide spectrum of both invasive and non-invasive procedures, from anti-wrinkle treatments and laser hair removal to fat-reduction surgery and breast augmentation.
The proposals have been welcomed by many professionals in the field, who are already committed to ensuring that prospective clients are fully informed and have long-been calling for more regulations to be bought into effect to clamp-down on unscrupulous and often untrained practitioners who are putting the health and well being of clients at risk due to unprofessional practices, a lack of training and a lack of consideration for anything more than the financial rewards that they can reap.