5 Questions and a Cup of Tea with Dr Amanda Ong

5 Questions and a Cup of Tea with Dr Amanda Ong

How and why did you decide to practice Aesthetic Medicine?

I was inspired by my father to practice Aesthetic Medicine. My father is one of the first General Practitioners to practice Aesthetic Medicine in Melbourne.

I studied Medicine to join my father’s private practice, specialising in Hair Loss and Cosmetic Medicine. This is what I have been doing for the last 15 and I am currently a Fellow of the Cosmetic Physician College of Australasia.

I really enjoy the hands on and procedural side to this area of medicine. Cosmetic Medicine has also a very artistic and aesthetic side. My strengths at school were Science and Maths but also still-life drawing in Art. I have a very good eye for detail and very particular, and this is why Cosmetic Medicine is a very good fit for me.

After 15 years, I still find this work rewarding and challenging especially when it comes to developing rapport and trust with my patients. And I find, if you dedicate your time and skill to a patient with their best interests at heart, it is a very nice, long term journey for both doctor and patient. My team and I are very dedicated to achieving this.

Do you believe the Non-surgical aesthetic industry requires regulating?

I strongly agree that the Non-Surgical industry requires tighter regulating. This industry is growing so rapidly and there are literally more adverse incidents happening as a result. There are still many loop-holes in the system, but I believe measures and steps are taking place and hopefully moving towards increased regulation of this industry which will in turn achieve improved patient safety.

According to the Australian Government and the major relevant medical bodies e.g. AHPRA, ASPS, ACCS and CPCA, “a nurse may administer prescription medications when authorised by a registered medical practitioner who has taken responsibility for the care and treatment of the patient”.

My biggest concern is that any doctor can prescribe for nurse injectors. Doctors who are prescribing a lot of the time, are not on-site and may not even have any cosmetic medical experience or work in the cosmetic field at all. If the registered medical practitioner does not fully understand the treatment, the product being administered, the indication of the use of product nor how to manage adverse events of the treatment, they cannot possibly be prescribing in the best interest of the patient. This is leading to an abundance of unsafe practice taking place and opening patients to risk.

I think doctors prescribing and taking responsibly for cosmetic patients should be specialising in Cosmetic Medicine themselves. And anyone injecting, whether a doctor or a nurse, should attend compulsory emergency training specific to cosmetic medicine at least every 2 years.

Do you believe patients are aware of the risks in regard to cosmetic fillers?

I believe there is more awareness however probably not enough as decisions are unfortunately still price driven especially with younger patients. I think we should create more social awareness to the public with more emphasis on potential complications and educate the public on what questions to ask during a consultation.

Can patients avoid cosmetic filler complications?

Patients need to be educated on what questions to ask when seeking cosmetic injectables and treatments, especially the qualifications of the injector and what measures would be in place in case of an emergency. Patients can avoid complications by ensuring their practitioner has experience or is being supervised by someone that has experience on site and has an action plan if a complication were to occur.

Do you believe non-surgical aesthetics and aesthetic surgery complement each other or compete? (such as facelift vs thread lift?)

Aesthetic surgery and non-surgical aesthetics definitely complement each other in the sense that both present more options for patients. Some patients do not wish to ever have to undergo surgery so are seeking nonsurgical options and there are a large number of patients that surgery is the only option available to meet their expectations.

For instance, with myself offering non-surgical thread lifts, a patient has to be an ideal candidate for such a procedure. If the skin quality and laxity is not ideal, they are most likely suitable for a surgical facelift. However, younger patients, who wish to prevent sagging and for patients who are not ready to have a surgical facelift, a non-surgical thread lift is a good option as it is less invasive and can give them the positive results they are seeking.

I believe a good Cosmetic Physician should be aware of the advantages and disadvantages of the procedures that they provide as well as the surgical options available to their patients in order to provide a comprehensive and holistic approach to anti-aging for their patients.

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