Toowoomba cosmetic surgeon Dr Eddie Roos and Albert Vermeulen
Toowoomba cosmetic surgeon Dr Eddie Roos and Albert Vermeulen Contributed

Fillers and boob jobs: Toowoomba doc urges caution

A TOOWOOMBA doctor is appealing for people to do their research before having a cosmetic medical treatment following the death of a woman who suffered a cardiac arrest during a botched boob job at a beauty clinic last week.

Medical Director of Cosmetic Elegance Clinic in Toowoomba, Eddie Roos, said the death of Jean Huang, while tragic, "should not have happened."

Dr Roos said that for some time there had been calls from Cosmetic Physicians and Colleges throughout Australia to have more regulation of cosmetic procedures carried out at beauty salons.

"Considering the amount of people who have cosmetic medical treatments in regular beauty salons each day, we are likely to see more accidents of this nature occurring. How many more people have to die unnecessarily before something is done?" asked Dr Roos.

"We want people to know how important it is to have cosmetic medical treatments at a medical clinic performed by trained, registered medical professionals, and under medical supervision. Cheap options can cost you your health or even your life," Dr Roos said.


Dr Eddie Roos performs a procedure
Dr Eddie Roos performs a procedure Kevin Farmer

Dr Roos said people should ask about the emergency response protocol of the beauty salon or skin clinic and if there would be a registered doctor on site who would oversee the treatment.

The cosmetic medicine industry is growing rapidly with more people turning to non-invasive or minimally invasive skin rejuvenation procedures. 

But Dr Roos said people needed to be aware that not every salon or clinic adheres to the regulations and standards required to perform cosmetic treatments safely.

He urged people to check the credentials of the clinic and whether they were affiliated with the cosmetic medicine colleges such as The Cosmetic Physicians College of Australasia (CPCA), the Australasian College of Aesthetic Medicine (ACAM) and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS).

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