Cosmetic injections: beware of 'home based' beauty services

19 November 2015

You should always see a qualified health professional for cosmetic anti-wrinkle injections. Make sure the service is provided in a safe and sterile environment.

The TGA has received reports of individuals offering these services from home-based beauty salons. These home based services may be using imported products which have not been approved for supply in Australia.

These products may contain harmful ingredients and usually do not meet the same standards of quality and safety as those approved by the TGA.

Approved cosmetic injections must be prescribed by a registered medical practitioner. The medical practitioner or someone they supervise must give the injection.

Approved cosmetic injections are labelled in English and have been evaluated for safety and quality.

All injections must be stored in a clean, sterile environment.

If you are going to have these injections, consider these questions:

  • Did you receive an appropriate consultation by a qualified medical practitioner?
  • Will the treatment be provided under the supervision of a medical practitioner?
  • Has the product been evaluated by the TGA for safety and quality, and stored appropriately?
  • If I suffer an adverse reaction or am not satisfied with the treatment, am I able to again consult with the medical practitioner who is supervising and taking responsibility for my treatment?

Don't sacrifice your health for cheaper treatments which may be offered by home-based beauty salons.

For information about cosmetic injections and their implications for your health, see the Better Health Channel.

More information

Anti-wrinkle injections commonly contain botulinum toxin. Dermal filler injections are made up of hyaluronic acid.

These chemicals are dangerous to your health if used incorrectly and can cause infection.

Report suspected counterfeit medicine or devices

If you are concerned about counterfeit medicines or medical devices, or suspect you may have seen or bought counterfeit goods, you can report the matter to the TGA: