Cosmetic procedures

#Be Safe First

Thinking of a cosmetic procedure or surgery? Get informed and make a safer choice.

The Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) recently launched new education resources to help consumers know what questions to ask and what to look out for to make an informed decision before going ahead with cosmetic procedures or cosmetic surgery.

The campaign encourages consumers to #be safe first and to think seriously about who is undertaking the procedure, where it is performed, and the product being used before undergoing any cosmetic procedure.

Key messages from the ‘be safe first’ resources

  • All cosmetic procedures have risks.
  • When having a cosmetic procedure, consider whether the person who is going to carry out the procedure is appropriately qualified, knowledgeable, skilled and experienced.
  • Cosmetic procedures should be provided in a clean and safe environment with products that have been prescribed appropriately.
  • If a member of the public is considering a cosmetic procedure, they should ‘be safe first’ and make an informed decision.
  • Consumers can ‘be safe first’ by checking out information on the AHPRA website, visit: www.ahpra.gov.au/besafefirst.

About the ‘be safe first’ resources

The ‘be safe first’ resources include a new ‘cosmetic surgery and procedures’ section on the Ahpra website, with dedicated pages for specific audiences including: 

  • information to help consumers know what questions to ask and what to look out for
  • information about who to contact with a concern and the roles and responsibilities of organisations involved in regulating cosmetic procedures and surgery
  • a new fact sheet on cosmetic injectables
  • information resources for practitioners about cosmetic procedures, including links to guidance developed earlier by the Dental, Medical and Nursing and Midwifery Boards of Australia.

The ‘be safe first’ resources are available through the AHPRA website at www.ahpra.gov.au/besafefirst