Media release – 3rd June 2016. New Cosmetic Surgery Laws introduced to protect patients.

New laws introduced by the NSW Health Minister, Jillian Skinner, that will mean cosmetic procedures such as breast augmentation, abdomnioplasties, and high volume liposuction can only be conducted in licensed premises subject to the same standards as private hospitals, and means higher safety for patients.

Read more in the article from the Sydney Morning Herald , SMH article (pdf) and other press releases from the NSW Govt Media release recosmetic surgery changes and 160603NSW_New_Cosmetic_Surgery_Laws

Dr Charles Cope has received the honour of becoming a member of the Leading Physicians of the World in 2015! See more at

Medicare has removed body contouring item numbers from 1st January 2016 except in the situation of significant weight loss (5 BMI points) – this last minute decision (notified 21st December) significantly changes the costs for most patients having a range of surgical procedures including abdominoplasty, armlift, buttock lift and thigh lift.

important research showing that nicotinamide (vitamin B3) decreases the number of skin cancers in high risk patients – see For more information on skin cancer prevention by using Medical grade skin care and Actinica see Skin Health News

Excellent overview of breast augmentation ‘the Naked Truth’ on Choice, including the differences between a plastic surgeon and a cosmetic surgeon, and the dangers of having surgery overseas.

Infinity Skin Clinic – Medispa by Dr Charles Cope has just been named by Vogue Australia as the Best Medispa in NSW in the Cosmetic Enhancement Supplement of the August 2014 edition.Read the article Vogue August 14 Best of the Best Medispa Call now for a free appointment 9904 3500 with one of our experienced therapists or visit

Recent advances in three dimensional (3D) photography combined with revolutionary new software allows prospective patients to accurately preview what they will look like as the result of breast augmentation and breast lifts, body contouring, facial procedures such as rhinoplasty, chin augmentations and more, well in advance of any surgery. Read the latest article on the VECTRA here.

The article ‘home or Away’ in the Australia Vogue Feb 14 Cosmetic Enhancement Guide warns about the hidden costs of having surgery overseas, with only 30% of people having cosmetic enhancement surgery overseas being happy with the result.

View the article

Dr Cope features in the article “bosom BUDDIES’, the experts’ guide to breast augmentation in the Cosmetic Enhancement & anti-ageing guide supplement to the Australia Vogue Feb 2014.

In a recent article (Oct 2013) of Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery Journal (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 132: 810, 2013.), the main Plastic Surgery Journal worldwide, the 3D imaging VECTRA machine was found to be beneficial for patients considering breast augmentation surgery.

The article concluded that patients prefer a center that offers three-dimensional imaging technology; they feel that the simulation is very accurate and helps them greatly in choosing the implant; and that if they could go back in time, they would choose the same implant again.

See more information on the Vectra, or see some examples of how reliable the Vectra can be for predicting the postoperative result of breast augmentation here.

View Oct 2013 PRS article on Vectra 3D imaging

Best wishes to all my breast reconstruction patients celebrating the first Australia BRA Day on 26th Nov.

BRA Day was started in Canada in 2011 and has spread to the US and now Australia, and aims at highlighting the low rate of breast reconstruction among Australian women, and promoting awareness of breast reconstruction options following mastectomy.

Earlier this year Angelina Jolie had breast breast reconstruction after choosing to have a bilateral mastectomy as a preventative measure when doctors told her she carried the BRCA1 gene making it highly likely she would develop breast cancer.

However, Angelina Jolie is in the surprising minority of women who undergo a reconstruction following mastectomy despite research showing there can be physical and psychological benefits such as improved self-esteem, confidence and lower levels of anxiety.

In Australia, around 5,000 women have a mastectomy each year, but only about 10% have a reconstruction. This compares with 42% of women in the United States.

For more information on breast reconstruction options see our breast reconstruction pages for more information — at Dr Charles Cope.

Dr Charles Cope with Vogue Editor-in-Chief Edwina McCann at the Sydney Sheraton on the Park Vogue Cosmetic Enhancement Forum held on 12th October 2013. The event was a great success, with over 100 attendees. Dr Cope spoke on Liposonix fat reduction and Thermage skin-tightening laser.

View Vogue presentation

I have been invited by Vogue to talk on Liposonix fat reduction and Thermage Skin Tightening at the Cosmetic Enhancement Special Event at the Sheraton on Park in Sydney on 12 October 2013.

For any one who wants to learn more about these state of the art technologies feel free to come to the event – the invitation is on p145 of the latest Vogue.


Check out our exciting new non-surgical fat reduction treatment Liposonix, which was in the lastest Cosmetic Surgery Magazine.

Liposonix on average gives a 1 inch waist reduction after a single one hour treatment – 1 dress or trouser size, with no downtime.

See our Liposonix page for more information on the treatment.

We currently have half-price specials on both Liposonix and Thermage treatments until the end of October 2013.

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