Both the Therapeutic Goods Administration (TGA) and the Australasian College of Cosmetic Surgery (ACCS) have released warnings about the risks of Cosmetic Injectables from unqualified practitioners.

The TGA has noted that risks associated with cosmetic injectables can be “related to both the product and the experience of the person performing the procedure”. Some of the less severe side effects can include; redness and swelling, acne and bruising. Some of the serious risks include:

  • Permanent blindness which can occur when dermal filler is injected into an artery. It is important to note that this is a risk when filler is injected in to any area of the face and is not only limited to procedures close to the eye, however, there are areas that have higher risk such as nose, temples and frown.
  • Skin necrosis (death of tissue) following dermal fillers being injected in a intravascularly or the compression effect of filler on local vessels (which can happen when too much filler has been injected).
  • The presence of counterfeit products on the Australian market. All TGA approved medications have gone through thorough testing for safety. It is impossible to know what counterfeit products have been made of and their safety is unknown. At Absolute Cosmetic we only use TGA approved products, although we are not allowed to mention the name of products in our advertising, we offer complimentary consultations where we will discuss different product options.

There has been a 94% increase in the number of cases of filler blindness in the past year, according to a review in the journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery. This review found that worldwide almost 200 people suffered from blindness after dermal filler treatment last year. In 2018, a woman in Sydney went permanently blind after a nurse incorrectly injected filler into her face. The clinic did have a stock of dissolving agent, but it was out of date. This nurse did not have the support of a Doctor that could help her treat the patient, it is also possible to treat with an injection behind the eye. Research has suggested that a practitioner only has 20 minutes to treat filler blindness.

At Absolute Cosmetic all of our nurses are trained by Dr Glenn Murray and Senior Nurse Stephanie Murray as well as regularly attending conferences. Dr Murray and Nurse Stephanie each have over 20 years of full-time experience in Cosmetic Medicine and Dr Murray was named in the Top 10 Injectors World-wide. All staff also have the support and back-up of Dr Murray and we keep a stock of filler dissolving agent at all clinics. All patients receive an emergency aftercare contact number that is monitored 24/7. Patient safety is our number one concern.

It has also been reported that there was an underground clinic operating in the back of a jewellery store in Melbourne’s South-East. Inspectors found that the unregistered clinic had poor hygiene and infection control policies and have advised al patients to be tested for blood-borne viruses including; HIV, hepatitis B and hepatitis C. A nurse in Perth was also suspended for injecting patients in her laundry room. Her patients were tested for hepatitis C by the Health Department.

When choosing a Cosmetic Clinic, it is important to check the training of practitioners, validity of the products being used and the cleanliness of the clinic. Absolute Cosmetic is a Health Department Licensed Day Hospital, this means that we are required to adhere to strict infection control guidelines and undergo regular audits.

More information about the TGA warning is available on the TGA website. More information about Dr Murray, his training and credentials is available here. If you would like further information please do not hesitate to contact us on 93899099 or email us at