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Mission Statement

The Australasian College of Asian Aesthetics (ACAA) was set up primarily to educate registered medical practitioners in cosmetic medicine and non-surgical rejuvenation techniques. There is recognition of a growing Asian demographic in the Australian community who have specific aesthetic needs which may not be met by classical training in the field. The courses offered by ACAA are designed by practicing cosmetic physicians who treat a high proportion of Asian patients. The emphasis is on practical application of cosmetic medicine and evidence based practice, with interactive and small group hands-on learning. Only trainees who have progressed through the basic courses satisfactorily will be eligible for the advanced Asian aesthetic modules.

“Enhancing Beauty Safely and Ethically, Achieving Greater Heights in Cosmetic Practice.”
– Australasian College of Asian Aesthetics

ACAA does not recommend the use of teleconferencing patient consultations in cosmetic practice. ACAA aims to develop a public education stream raising awareness of safety standards in cosmetic practice across the Australian community.

Background

The “Global Cosmetic Surgery & Services Market Analysis 2015-2019” estimated that the global cosmetic industry was worth $20 billion dollars in 2015, and is set to rise to $27 billion by 2019 [1]. There is dominance of non-surgical treatments in Australia, which is classified into three major categories namely cosmetic injectables, energy based devices and active cosmetics, worth an estimated $1 billion in 2016 alone [2]. The lucrative nature of this industry has led to a corresponding increase in non-medical commercial entities, which largely employ medical practitioners who oversee procedures off-site [4,5].

The injection of anti-wrinkle and dermal filler injections are often performed by paramedical staff who are not trained in dealing with adverse events requiring time critical emergency management, in unsupported surroundings without resuscitation equipment [3,4]. Energy based devices are not regulated in New South Wales, with unqualified operators performing treatments at great public risk, also in unsupported surroundings [4]. Active cosmetics, or cosmeceuticals, while less risky, may give rise to chronic skin problems including skin sensitivity, dermatitis and pigmentation issues [6].

Doctors who are appropriately trained in cosmetic medicine will provide a value-added service with high patient satisfaction rates, and be able to manage any complications in a timely fashion thereby reducing risk [5]. An independently accredited training program with application of stringent practice standards, compliance with legal and professional regulations as well as competency assessments is essential for public safety [5]. Further research and development of non-surgical technologies is also essential as demand escalates in this highly satisfying though competitive field [7].

References:

  1. Forbes. 2016. Meet The Australian Cosmetic Clinic Chain Revolutionizing The Franchise Model.
  2. Research and Market . 2015. Global Cosmetic Surgery and Service Market Report 2015-2019.
  3. Professional Beauty. 2015. Warning! The ACCS advises against home-based cosmetic injectables.
  4. The Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. 2015. RACGP Submission on Registered Medical Practitioners Who Provide Cosmetic Medical and Surgical Procedures.
  5. Medical Board of Australia. 2015. Medical Board Submission Registered medical practitioners providing cosmetic medical and surgical procedures.
  6. 2011. Cosmetic Dermatology: Products and Procedures. 1 Edition. Wiley-Blackwell. Editted by Zoe Drahlos.
  7. 2011. Media Release, Cosmetic Physicians Society Australasia.