After reports of a woman going blind after getting filler around her face and cheeks, we contacted a professional plastic surgeon to get the inside info of why these procedures go wrong.

Qualified plastic surgeon, Dr. Ross Farhadieh from Panthea Clinics Darling Point, spoke to Mike E & Emma about the risk of going to an unqualified surgeon.

Dr. Farhadieh explained that it’s more common than not for people to undergo procedures by surgeons who have not had proper training.

“Any person with a medical degree and have completed a few weekend courses, can call themselves a cosmetic surgeon, and they can set up a practice.”

He goes on to say, “To be a plastic surgeon however, you undergo at least 8 years of training and examination, with additional time for aesthetic procedures.”

Emma asked the question, “how do you know who is qualified, and how to pick a good clinic?”


Dr. Farhadieh said that there is one thing to look out for to ensure the clinic and the cosmetic surgeons are qualified.

All qualified plastic surgeons are trained at the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons

And all legitimate clinics will display ‘RACS’ – the acronym, in their building.

If you’d like to learn more about procedures or just get more information, visit Panthea Clinics Darling Point

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