Ensuring safety for Botox and filler injections

Ensuring safety for Botox and filler injections
Ensuring safety for Botox and filler injections

There are a variety of choices available when electing for a nonsurgical, injectable procedure. Whether you're looking to minimize wrinkles, add firmness to your face or provide a bit more plumpness to your cheeks, fillers can help greatly impact the structure and appearance of desired areas.

According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, injectables are some of the most commonly requested among patients. In 2013, more than 3.75 million people opted for injections of botulinum toxin in the form of Botox, Dysport and Xeomin, while the total number of injectable procedures neared 6 million. As these operations continue to gain in popularity, several people have discovered cheaper - yet potentially lethal - methods for receiving injections. 

The importance of researching beforehand
Since injectable procedures require less time for recovery and none spent under the knife, some patients may be more lenient when picking the perfect surgeon for their procedure. However, this may lead to a wealth of negative health effects, including botched operations and unsightly results, the need for additional procedures or life-threatening side effects. One surgeon wrote in an article for News Press that neglecting to conduct research beforehand could cause some patients to suffer from irreversible consequences.

Injectable procedures do not require the medical professional to have a specialization in plastic surgery, meaning that any doctor could provide a Botox, Juvederm or Restylane injection to a patient. However, since these doctors are not accustomed to delivering injections on a daily basis and may not be up-to-date with the latest trends concerning the realm of cosmetic surgery, patients could be more likely to suffer negative effects. The surgeon stressed the importance of seeing a specialist for your desired procedure, as this type of medical professional not only has experience delivering this exact sort of treatment, but he or she will also use injectables that are best suited to deliver safe and effective results.

"As the aesthetic industry grows ... many non-core physicians have sought to start aesthetic practices," he wrote for the source. "The general rule of thumb: It is reasonable to see physicians for procedures that they are trained in."

The dangers of DIY fillers
Aside from enlisting the services of non-core physicians, some patients have sought to seek treatment in other countries or from the comfort of their own homes. This, however, has led to disastrous results for some people. One 54-year-old woman from San Francisco detailed to SF Gate the horror story that ensued after ordering a filler from an online site.

In an effort to save money, the woman opted for injecting herself with a filler from the Internet, and while she entrusted plastic surgeons in the past, she thought delivering a treatment to herself would be the same. However, the woman quickly reacted to the product, suffering from painful marks that left her skin with an unnatural texture and color. Her surgeon told the source that he spent four months attempting to right the Internet wrong, adding that the scars on her face that resulted from emergency draining may be permanent.

While procedures from other agencies may be cheaper, enlisting the service of a non-board certified surgeon or unverified third-party can lead to harmful results on both your wallet and well-being, as botched operations can end up costing thousands of dollars and lead to irreversible physical damage. 

Find out How to Choose an Injector on Smart Beauty Guide.