New Regulations for Cosmetic Surgery Coming into Effect

Up until now it was not required for cosmetic surgery to take place in licensed and accredited facilities. Whilst that might seem unfathomable, it has been the case but all of this is about to change. On 3 June 2016 an amendment was made to the Private Health Facilities Regulation which stipulated that any facility that provided cosmetic surgical procedures must be licensed to the same standards that apply to other currently licensed private health facilities like the Double Bay Day Surgery which is both licensed and accredited and has been since it opened its doors.

These facilities were given nine month’s grace period to bring their facilities up to standards. This grace period is over in just a few short weeks. The amendment to the Regulation creates a new cosmetic surgery class of private health facilities.

From 3 March 2017, any facility which carries out any of the following procedures must be licensed under this new class:

Abdominoplasty (tummy tuck)

Brachioplasty (armlift)

Breast Augmentation or Reduction,

Buttock Augmentation, Reduction or Lift

Calf Implants

Facial Implants (involving insertion on the bone or surgical exposure to deep tissue)

Fat Injections (that involves the transfer of more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate)

Liposuction (that involves the removal of more than 2.5 litres of lipoaspirate)

Mastopexy or Mastopexy with Implants


Pectoral Implants

Penis Augmentation

Rhinoplasty (nose reshaping surgery)

Superficial Musculoaponeurotic System Facelift (SMAS Facelift),

Vaginoplasty or Labiaplasty

These regulations are overdue and are in the interest of public health and safety. The Double Bay Day Surgery who has always held itself to the highest strictures of quality and compliance through licensing and accreditation which provide for external audit of our facilities and adherence to the standards hopes that these changes will provide for better patient safety and improved outcomes.

Darryl Hodgkinson

About The Author - Darryl Hodgkinson

Dr. Darryl J. Hodgkinson is recognized world-wide as an expert in cosmetic plastic surgery with more than thirty years of experience in both cosmetic and plastic/reconstructive surgery.

Dr. Hodgkinson did his plastic surgical training at the prestigious Mayo Clinic in the United States and is amongst an elite group of a very few surgeons to hold two degrees in plastic surgery from American Board of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeons and the Royal College of Surgeons, Canada.

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