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The appearance medicine industry is bracing for change

The appearance medicine industry is bracing for change

Donna-Marie Lever: 1 News reporter 13th August 2018 

The appearance medicine industry is bracing for change as it deals with an increasing number of Asian clients wanting to Westernise their faces. The rules around who can apply dermal filler is also set to be tightened, because of the threat of rare, but serious health risks.

Asian aesthetics was a major discussion topic at the New Zealand Society of Cosmetic Medicine (NZSCM) conference in Queenstown over the weekend, attracting more than 220 doctors and nurses from the industry.

Hans Raetz, President of the NZSCM says, "We've certainly seen an increase over the past few years of five per cent a year on the year before. We estimate around 20 per cent of our clients are now of Asian extraction."
Popular procedures include reshaping of noses, lips, eyelids and cheeks using dermal filler - but it comes with risks.

"If you inject into this area and you hit one of the arteries or veins you can cause issues at the back of the eye that can cause blindness." Dr Raetz told 1 NEWS.

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