The Irish Association of Plastic Surgeons has called for full regulations of the cosmetics sector.
It follows a recent British review of cosmetic procedures in the UK, which said that there was a "crisis waiting to happen" and called for regulation.
Speaking on RTÉ's Morning Edition, IAPS Secretary Peter Meagher said that any doctor was free to carry out plastic surgery procedures, despite having no specialist plastic surgery training.
He described the growth in the sector as phenomenal due to a combination of better standards of living and private clinics reducing the price for different procedures which makes it more attainable for people.
Mr Meagher said that as the cost of cosmetic surgery comes down, short cuts are being taken and procedures are being carried out be surgeons that "fly in and fly out" of the country.
He said any surgical procedures are associated with risks, which should be fully understood and discussed with patients.