Beware backroom Botox! 3 tips for safe cosmetic injections
Salons used to be just for getting one's hair and nails done, but these days salons offer all kinds of beauty treatments including cosmetic injectables and invasive procedures. The prices can be very cheap, but the results can be catastrophic.
If you care about your health, you must take a second look and ask more questions. Last year dramatic cases arose out of Miami when reports surfaced about illegal cosmetic injections being performed on women. "Doctors" were accused of injecting these women with substances like mineral oil, super glue, concrete, and Fix-a-Flat. The women thought they were getting buttock injections in hopes of attaining a healthy "backside", but they now could have lifetime disfigurement as a result.
Earlier this year, in Tyler, Texas, a salon owner was arrested for injecting clients in the breast and buttocks with an unknown substance (likely automotive grade silicone) and closing the site with a superglue-type sealant. Why would someone get this done to their body? Perhaps it is the very low cost and the lack of information about what these victims are being injected with.
When I am asked questions about cases like these, I like to educate my patients about the three P's of getting a cosmetic procedure done as safely as possible: Product, Practitioner, and Place.
Make sure the product injected into your body is FDA approved for the particular area being injected. The FDA approves certain products for injection into different regions of the face for cosmetic purposes, like Botox, Juvederm, Restylane, Radiesse, and Sculptra. Ask what neurotoxin or filler is being used, and even research the product labeling online. There is no synthetic material that has been approved by the FDA for injection into the breast so that is a red flag itself. If a provider refuses or is unable to tell you what material you are being injected with, do not let that person treat you.
Know what type of practitioner you need. You need a physician trained to do cosmetic procedures or his/her designee such as a physician's assistant, nurse practitioner, or registered nurse with cosmetic injection training. Always go to a physician trained to do these procedures such as a board-certified plastic surgeon, dermatologist, or ENT (or a licensed health care provider such as a registered nurse or physician's assistant under their immediate supervision on the premises at the doctor's office).
Don't get your injections in any location where you feel uncomfortable undergoing a procedure. Salons, malls or private homes are not the places to have this work done. These are medical procedures and they should be performed in a medical office or medical facility. These facilities keep a sanitary environment with resources at hand. Often the price of a “cheap” procedure may seem too good to pass up, but if you hear of a discount ad that's too good to be true or a salon owner that is offering rock bottom prices on something that is going to be injected in your face or body, beware, it can be dangerous, even fatal. Even at a Botox "party,” a physician must be supervising anyone doing these procedures and they must own the appropriate credentials — they have to be a registered nurse, nurse practitioner or physician's assistant with special training to administer cosmetic injectables.
To put it simply, do your research and become informed on the road to a more beautiful you!
If you are interested in a cosmetic beauty treatment such as Botox, Juvederm, or Radiesse, or are researching a particular surgical procedure, arrange a visit or consultation with Dr. Walden. Check out her Map Details page here.