Times are tough and money is tight. Budgets for cosmetic surgery and even reconstructive plastic surgery are down. Women are actually choosing not to have reconstruction after breast cancer surgery. People were trying things out for themselves before the economy tanked. They just seem to be pushing it a bit harder these days. Is DIY plastic surgery really dangerous?
Well it can be. I have posted at my Cosmetic Surgery Truth blog about such stories. The most recent was a silicone injection nightmare. Liquid silicone is not even used by licensed plastic surgeons, but DIY types think of it as a permanent filler. When injected into the face it tends to become infected and “scars in” like hardening plaster. It cannot be removed with a needle but usually requires surgery to cut it out. Stay away from liquid silicone injections.
I review cases of proposed negligence for the California Medical Board and have seen fake Botulinum toxin injections that were of animal grade product. On the internet you can see cases in new stories of people in salons injecting all kinds of things into people. When you go to a qualified plastic surgeon you pay for professional grade advice and quality medical care. You can go elsewhere but you are accepting risk in doing so.
What can you do by yourself? I would recommend only over the counter strength facial peels. No injections. No surgery. A few years ago, I saw a woman who had obtained a doctor’s office strength facial peel and applied it herself. She came into the office a week later crying “help” with a face that looked like it had been hit with sandpaper. I had her sign an agreement that I was not responsible for her results and could not promise her anything. She turned out OK considering, but many others will not.
When you choose to self-inject Botox or a filler like Restylane, you first have to know what you have materials wise. Many people don’t know the difference between safe and unsafe products (like liquid silicone) and get themselves into trouble. Then you have to know how to do it. Doctors and nurses are probably better equipped to do this and some do self-treat themselves. For others you are accepting more risk and I can’t recommend that.
John Di Saia MD is a board certified Plastic and Reconstructive Surgeon. He has been board certified by both the American Board of Surgery and the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He reviews cases for the California Medical Board in their expert reviewer program and contributes to a number of medical journals and internet forums. His practice is founded on the concept of a Higher Level of Care.