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Changes to Cosmetic Surgery Regulations – What You Need to Know

Recently there have been significant changes to the Cosmetic Surgery Guidelines. These alterations have been made to help patient safety, increase standards of care, and ensure ethical practices. As part of these changes, requirements such as referrals, pre-screening assessments, and cooling-off periods have been introduced. The revision to the guidelines prioritises the well-being of patients and emphasises the dedication to transparent and accountable cosmetic procedures.

Medical Board & AHPRA Regulations – Effective 1st July 2023


Commencing from July 1st, 2023, the Australian Health Practitioner Regulatory Agency (AHPRA) and the Medical Board of Australia introduced a series of new regulations governing Cosmetic Surgery patients, as well as, Guidelines for registered medical practitioners who perform and advertise cosmetic surgery and procedures.

These enhanced regulations have been implemented to not only ensure the protection of patients but to enhance the level of care provided during the cosmetic surgery journey.

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Important Cosmetic Surgery Changes For Patients

  • Referral: A referral from a General Practitioner (GP) or Medical Specialist will be mandatory for all patients undergoing consultation for cosmetic surgery.
  • Consultation Requirements: Patients must attend a minimum of two consultations before undergoing cosmetic surgery.
  • Pre-screening Assessment Test (PAT): A pre-screening assessment test for Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD) will be conducted.
  • Cooling-off Period: Patients must observe a cooling-off period of at least seven days after signing a consent form before proceeding with surgery, including booking and making deposits.
  • Informed Consent Process: A more detailed informed consent document and process has been implemented.
  • Higher Standards in Training and Experience: Doctors will have to meet higher standards in terms of training and experience, including Continuing Professional Development (CPD) requirements.
  • Accredited Facilities: Surgical procedures must take place in accredited facilities.
  • Use of Medical Titles: Stricter regulations regarding the use of medical titles like “Surgeon.”
  • Tougher Advertising Standards: Advertising standards for cosmetic surgery will be more stringent.

Tougher Advertising Standards

The recent changes to cosmetic surgery regulations include stricter advertising guidelines. Consequently, our website is currently undergoing modifications to align with these changes, including;

Content Revision: Written content on our website is currently under review and revision to ensure compliance with the new advertising regulations.

Before and After Photos: We are in the process of editing our Before and After photo sections to adhere to the guidelines. As a result, we have taken down some photos due to non-compliance.

Future Photo Availability: We will be reintroducing a wider selection of Before and After photos as soon as possible.

As we work on these website updates, our primary aim is to provide accurate, transparent, and relevant information in line with the new guidelines. This is crucial for both medical professionals and patients. Staying informed through reputable medical associations and official sources is essential to keep track of any further guideline changes.

A note from us

These updates aren’t just about adhering to rules; they are about ensuring patient safety, improving the quality of care, and upholding the industry’s standards. It’s important for patients to understand that these changes emphasise transparency, ethical practices, and ongoing enhancement. Keep up-to-date by checking official sources and have open conversations with healthcare providers.

All these changes contribute to a safer and more reputable cosmetic surgery experience for patients.

Articles and Further Information

For more information about the changes to cosmetic surgery guidelines please follow the links below.

Specialist Plastic Surgeons and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeon

With a wealth of experience and training, our Specialist Plastic and ENT (Ear, Nose and Throat) Surgeons are dedicated to best-practice patient care and education, customising Surgery for each and every patient to best meet their needs and desired surgical outcomes.

Dr Craig Rubinstein
Dr Broughton Snell
Dr Stephen Kleid
Dr Gary Kode

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Dr Craig Rubinstein

Dr Craig Rubinstein is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon based in Hawthorn East, Melbourne. With over 20 years of surgical experience especially in all areas of Cosmetic and Plastic Surgery, but particularly in breast surgery. These include Breast Augmentation and Breast Reduction as well as Breast Surgery Revision.

Furthermore, he believes that surgical customisation, precision planning and technical expertise help him to provide optimal surgical outcomes for his patients.

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Dr Broughton Snell

Dr Broughton Snell is a Specialist Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon based in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia. His training in Plastic Surgery took place in Australia and the United States of America (USA).

Dr Snell is a fully qualified specialist plastic surgeon having completed his Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons in plastic and reconstructive surgery.

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Dr Stephen Kleid

Dr Stephen Kleid is an experienced Ear, Nose and Throat (ENT) Surgeon (Otolaryngologist) based in Melbourne with a passion for Septo-rhinoplasty, Septoplasty, as well as, a strong interest in Rhinoplasty Revision.

Dr Kleid trained at Melbourne University, then completed surgical training at various hospitals including Royal Melbourne, Royal Children’s, The Eye and Ear and St Vincents. He worked as a surgeon at the University of Florida Medical school for further experience.

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Dr Gary Kode

Dr Gary Kode is a Specialist Plastic Surgeon, with experience in Aesthetic and Reconstructive Surgery, as well as non-surgical treatments.

Dr Kode is a member of several organisations, including the Australian Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (ASAPS), The International Confederation for Plastic and Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, and he holds a Fellowship with the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons.

What to do next?

Our Patient Liaison Team can assist with any questions you may have when considering a procedure. You can send in an enquiry form below or call our Melbourne Clinic between 9 am – 5 pm Monday - Friday.

Disclaimer: Results depend on individual patient circumstances and can vary significantly. Results may also be impacted by a variety of factors including your lifestyle, weight, nutritional intake and overall health. Consult your Specialist Plastic Surgeon for details. This information is general in nature and is not intended to be medical advice nor does it constitute a doctor-patient relationship. Surgery risks and complications will be covered in detail during a consultation with your Surgeon.

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