QUESTION: How would you currently regard the Australian aesthetic industry’s position in terms of pursuing fair standards and regulations to improve safety for therapists and end users for beauty devices?

LEARNING: Importance lies in finding those manufacturers and distributors who do take standards and regulation seriously.

Mathew Green said there are two big challenges I think we face as an industry: a lack of regulation and the short tenure of therapists.

“Find ways to hang onto your staff, to reward them, to provide them with a career ladder, training opportunities and engagement, and keep them in your business.”

Dennis Cronje said InMode and others spend a huge amount of money on research and development, on the clinical validation of the technologies, on ensuring that it meets the CE’s standards, and The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval.

“But then you get devices coming into the market being imported by a distributor; you have very little control over. It says that they can do everything that a manufacturer’s technology can do at a fraction of the cost, but we know that is not the case.”

Zina Sebastian said that the fact that you can sell these devices to anyone on the street is ‘scary’.

“Regulating [should happen] with people who work in the industry, who’ve studied it, and who actually want to give quality service and not just that ‘in-and-out production line’ of seeing it as a business alone.”

Rebekah Woodbine said that she thinks the way the industry needs to go is it needs to become more regulated.

“And as more demo therapists come through with a Bachelor of Health Science, you know the more they start training…  standards are going to increase, and they’re going to want better equipment to get better results.”

Shannon Wooldridge said that the industry needs to fix the ambiguity when it comes to regulations.

“There’s too much grey area open for interpretation.”