New Standards for Safety and Quality of Cosmetic Surgery Released

The Australian Commission of Safety and Quality in Healthcare has released their National Safety and Quality Cosmetic Surgery Standards for all services and facilities in Australia where cosmetic surgery is carried out.  What are these standards? These are expectations of every service where cosmetic surgery is carried out in Australia, to protect the public from […]

Screening for body dysmorphic disorder and psychological issues in cosmetic settings.

Screening for Body Dysmorphic Disorder and other Psychiatric Conditions in Cosmetic Settings. Presenter: Dr Ben Buchanan Dr Ben Buchanan is a clinical psychologist who works exclusively with people with body image and anxiety disorders, including Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD). He career has focussed on the intersection between BDD and cosmetic procedures, including how to […]

How Snapchat dysmorphia is warping our beauty ideals

Written by Hayley Hinze and published in House of Wellness on 5th October 2023 While dog ears and flower crowns are cute, social media’s beauty filters can also fuel an unhealthy obsession – sometimes known as Snapchat dysmorphia. From poreless skin to plump lips, beauty filters bring instant perfection to every shot. Accessible on almost every social […]

Informed Consent for Cosmetic Procedures: Navigating Psychological and Ethical Complexities

Informed Consent for Cosmetic Procedures: Navigating Psychological and Ethical Complexities The scrutiny the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency (AHPRA) is giving to cosmetic procedures shows no sign of slowing down. They’ve now turned their attention to non-surgical cosmetic procedures such as non-invasive treatments like fillers, lasers, anti-wrinkle and fat-dissolving injections. A key focus of AHPRA […]

Patient experiences with BDD screening before cosmetic procedures

Patient Experiences with BDD Screening during Cosmetic Consultations Below are two case studies where patients have screened positive for body dysmorphic disorder before a cosmetic procedure, and on one occasion, after having completed a rhinoplasty . They show that difficult conversations can have good outcomes, and that collaboration between all parties is key.  These stories […]

Interpreting the Cosmetic Readiness Questionnaire

Interpreting the Cosmetic Readiness Questionnaire Dr Toni Pikoos discusses how to interpret the Cosmetic Readiness Questionnaire, a validated BDD screening tool. Understanding and Interpreting the Cosmetic Readiness Questionnaire The Cosmetic Readiness Questionnaire (CRQ) serves as a valuable tool for healthcare providers offering cosmetic treatments. This guide will help you to navigate the complexities of interpreting the CRQ […]

Webinar: AHPRA’s new screening guidelines for cosmetic procedures

Webinar: AHPRA Screening Guidelines for Cosmetic Practitioners. How to Implement Body Dysmorphic Disorder Screening. Presenter: Dr Toni Pikoos Dr. Toni Pikoos, a distinguished clinical psychologist and researcher, holds a PhD in the linkage of cosmetic procedures, mental health, and body dysmorphic disorder (BDD). She is a Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at Swinburne University and a practicing specialist […]

Webinar Recording: Adapting to the new AHPRA guidelines for cosmetic procedures

Webinar: Adapting to the New Screening Guidelines for Cosmetic Procedures   Presenter: Dr Toni Pikoos, ReadyMind Co-Founder, Clinical Psychologist and Postdoctoral Researcher Download slides Download Slides As of July 1st 2023, medical practitioners administering both non-surgical and surgical cosmetic procedures are required to routinely screen for body dysmorphic disorder (BDD) as part of their consultation process. […]

Breaking News: revised Medical Board guidelines for cosmetic procedures announced

The Medical Board of Australia (MBA) has just released updated guidelines for doctors who administer surgical and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, due to take effect on 1st July 2023. The updated guidelines follow an onslaught of media coverage regarding the lack of regulation in the cosmetic industry, which sparked an extensive review initiated by the Australian Healthcare […]

The 4R’s of Referral: When saying ‘no’ is in your patient’s best interest

The 4 ‘R’S of Referral – When Saying No is in your Patient’s Best Interest Published in Spa + Clinic Magazine on 16th November 2022 Have you ever come across a patient in your practice, who continues to feel dissatisfied or unhappy with the treatment outcomes, even when you thought that the treatment was a success? […]