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The Truth About Cosmetic Trends

Monday, August 26th, 2013

You may have seen them on TV, on your Facebook page or in your favorite magazine: the articles and ads about some seemingly exciting new gadget, product or technique that promises fast results at a fraction of the cost of standard cosmetic procedures. Yet not only is it wise to think critically about the claims these ads are making, but following their advice might cost you more than a lighter wallet. Some of these “treatments” can cause serious complications that lead to hospitalization and corrective surgery. Here are just a few of the more common cosmetic trends out there today and the truth behind them.

Lunchtime facelifts

There are a number of ways to help patients look younger and more refreshed, and there is no one-size-fits-all approach to achieve it. A professional medical consultation is the start to knowing just the right solution for each individual patient. This is why the “lunchtime facelift” trend is problematic. Some patients do well with a mini-lift–which offers the benefits of minor incisions and a quick recovery. But for most patients, this cannot be achieved over an hour lunch. Injectables and skin resurfacing treatments may be more appropriate for that time frame, but no matter what the chosen solution, rushing the process can create less-than-successful results. Check out the news articles below and see why risking your face to a fad treatment can be dangerous and cause more problems for you later.

Illegal injections

One of the more alarming trends in our media today is the increase in illegal injections. These injections are typically done by individuals who are not licensed to provide them. What’s worse, they often use potentially toxic, expired or unverified products, putting their patients at risk. Below you’ll find several interesting articles about some of the ways criminals are leveraging medispas and Botox injections to take advantage of unwary patients.

Remember, cosmetic surgery and injectables are still medical procedures. Making sure your provider is a licensed, board-certified medical specialist is a good start toward safer, more successful results.