CPCA Releases New Statistics

Figures released today from the Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia’s (CPCA) latest annual survey of attitudes to non-surgical cosmetic procedures suggests that more Australians than ever are considering such treatments (35 percent) and just over a quarter of respondents (26 percent) having had a procedure in the last month – double the amount from last year.

The survey, which has been monitoring changes to Australians’ attitudes to non- invasive cosmetic medicine for the past nine years, shows that concern about ageing is the biggest driver for getting treatments. More people now worry about looking ‘old’ (54 percent) and over 80 percent of those surveyed believe it is acceptable to use such treatments to address premature ageing, a 10 percent increase over the past three years.

The most popular non-surgical procedures remain laser/IPL hair removal, microdermabrasion, anti-wrinkle treatments, chemical peels and non-surgical fat reduction.

“Earlier this year we found that Australians’ spend on cosmetic treatments had topped $1 billion, and their popularity continues to rise. Australia’s spend per capita is amongst the highest globally, and we are seeing a growing number of people incorporating cosmetic procedures into their everyday beauty and grooming routine. Reduced costs for patients and advancements in medical technology – meaning procedures are less invasive with minimal to no downtime – are helping drive uptake of these procedures,” CPCA spokesperson Dr Catherine Porter said.

However, the growth in popularity of these treatments is attracting unscrupulous operators who are preying on vulnerable members of the public. It has resulted in NSW government issuing a health warning that patients who
opt to have treatments in unregulated, unlicensed premises are putting themselves at risk of blood-borne viruses and infection.

“It is really important that people do their homework when considering non- surgical procedures. The risk to patients of infection, or worse, through visiting unaccredited practitioners is incredibly high. It is crucial that people fully understand the potential repercussions of procedures if they are not performed by a registered practitioner or are not carried out in a safe, medical setting,” Dr Porter said.