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Cosmetic Cowboys: What You Need to Know About Unqualified Cosmetic Practitioners

Dr. Vi Sharma has worked in the field of cosmetic surgery

He has a Bachelor of Medicine & Bachelor of Surgery, Monash University; and former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice.

Major concern is being raised in Australia over botched procedures carried out by cosmetic ‘cowboys’. Many pharmacy stores along high streets and centers are announcing selling dermal fillers and rejuvenating treatments alongside their other products. While it is very convenient, cosmetic doctors see a great number of cases of aesthetic treatments carried out badly by unskilled individuals. There is a high percentage of botched cases right before festivities and most people turn a blind eye about the dangers it entails.

Image: A patient discusses her professional treatment at SKIN CLUB – Cosmetic Doctors . President Dr. Irene Kushelew from The Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) warned:

“Facial cosmetic injectables such as dermal fillers are medical procedures that carry risks and are not to be categorized as facials or beauty treatments. Before receiving cosmetic injectables, one must have a medical consultation with a doctor to know your medical history and the physical and psychological benefits. A day or two training courses for cosmetic injectables are inadequate for someone to understand the high-risk areas of the face and be considered a trained and licensed cosmetic practitioner.

What are the risks?

In the wrong hands, unqualified injectors go way beyond the naturally enhanced look or can result in “Trout pouts”. Lip filler treatments can be dangerous when performed poorly by an untrained person. At SKIN CLUB – Cosmetic Doctors, all treatments are performed by highly experienced and trained doctors who are up-to-date with dermal treatment information and works.

Another risk is getting infections or serious health implications. We encourage our patients to do their research before undertaking any cosmetic treatment, even if it lasts half an hour.

How to choose a reputable cosmetic clinic:

  • Look for their qualifications and experience
  • Look for patient reviews and recommendations
  • Schedule a consultation first before the treatment and ask questions

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About Dr Vi

Dr Vi Sharma is a renowned and highly trained cosmetic surgeon in Sydney, practising cosmetic surgery since 2012. He has a worldwide loyal patient base. He has a bachelor of medicine and a Bachelor of Surgery from Monash University. Dr Vi Sharma is a former member of the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine and the Royal Australian College of General Practice. Along with treating patients, he also provides training for doctors and nurses regarding aesthetic and cosmetic treatment modalities.

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