“Risks are the same as any other surgery, particularly if there’s general anaesthetic involved,”
“Those risks will increase or decrease depending on the health of the patient.
“The public tend to think cosmetic surgery is superficial and less dangerous.”
Alex Markwell, the president of the Australian Medical Association Queensland said the above when he was asked about the complaints about cosmetic surgery in Queensland.
A report by the Health Quality and Complaint Commission has revealed 245 complaints were made about 281 cosmetic surgical and medical procedures between July 1, 2006, and June 30, 2012.
Of the 239 complainants, 17 were from Sunshine Coast residents, representing 7% of the complaints made across Queensland.
Fourteen (6%) of the reported procedures were conducted on the Coast.
Across Queensland, 14 practitioners accounted for almost half of the complaints. They have been issued with a quality improvement action plan and ordered to improve their practice.
Eighty-three percent of the procedures were surgical. Breast enhancements were the procedure most frequently complained about, followed by face and neck, and abdominal surgeries.
Cosmetic injections and laser treatment received the most frequent complaints about cosmetic medical procedures, followed by chemical peels.
Between 85% and 90% of cosmetic procedures are performed on women, with breast enhancement the most performed surgery.
The most common cosmetic surgery for men is breast reduction.
The most common cosmetic medical procedures are botox injections, fillers for lines and wrinkles, laser treatments, microdermabrasion and chemical peels.
Dr Markwell said cosmetic surgery also had been falsely portrayed as “routine and low risk”.