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How to Avoid Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Nowadays, it seems everyone from Hollywood stars to your cubicle-mates are trying out at least one form or another of soft cosmetic surgery (non-invasive forms of plastic surgery). Whether it’s botox or other anti-aging treatments, it’s important to know how to avoid potentially dangerous consequences.

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Before opting for cosmetic surgery, get the facts to protect yourself.

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Botox

According to Dr. Nikolis, Botox is a substance purified from bacteria. It is injected into the skin in minute quantities to help decrease the strength of the muscles. This helps soften wrinkles around the mouth, eyes and nose and the results are generally expected to last anywhere from 4 to 6 months. As with any soft cosmetic procedure, Dr. Nikolis says it’s important to make sure the clinic you are going to is under medical supervision. “Physician involvement provides a higher assurance of patient safety and ethical standards.”

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Fractional Skin Resurfacing

This treatment involves a special laser, which makes microscopic holes in the skin without damaging the tissue around it. It’s a form of cosmetic surgery that is ideal for reducing acne scarring and fine lines. The results of this treatment are permanent although Dr. Nikolis points out something important to keep in mind. Fractional Skin Resurfacing will undo previous damage, however, the skin will continue to age after that point so further wrinkling will, naturally, continue. The potential danger associated with this procedure is that if it is administered by an untrained or unqualified clinician, the laser may be overused which can cause redness and skin damage. When consulting with a clinic, make sure the medical professional who will be administering this treatment is qualified and experienced.

 

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Thermage Treatment

“Thermage is the gold-standard for non-surgical skin tightening,” Dr. Nikolis says. The laser will heat the patient’s collagen so the attached skin will tighten. This procedure can tighten loose skin after pregnancy and reduce the appearance of cellulite, fine lines and wrinkles. The procedure yields results that generally last about five years. When the treatment is administered by a professional, there is no need to worry. However, if an unqualified individual is administering it, you run the risk of blistering the skin, which can be painful.

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Tips to Protect Yourself From Botched Cosmetic Surgery

Although soft cosmetic surgery is non-invasive and much less painful than plastic surgery, there are still dangers associated with improper use of the different treatments out there. In order to protect yourself from those dangers, follow Dr. Nikolis’ checklist:

Medical Supervision
Make sure you are working with a licensed medical professional. And keep in mind that although general practitioners can provide Botox, plastic surgeons and esthetic dermatologists undergo specialized training for these procedures.

Wide Selection of Options
If a clinic can only offer you one solution to a problem, seek a second opinion elsewhere before accepting any treatment. “If they have just one, the facility might be prejudiced to prescribe that treatment without offering a potentially more effective alternative,” says Dr. Nikolis.

Consultation
Always seek a consultation prior to undergoing any sort of treatment and be wary of clinicians who tend to promise too much.

Questions to Ask

According to Dr. Nikolis, these are the key questions anyone interested in cosmetic surgery should ask a physician before starting treatment:

– What are all the costs involved?
– Is there any downtime?
– Are there any contraindications for treatments?
– How much experience do you and this clinic have with the recommended treatment?
– How many options do I have for the treatment?
– May I see before and after photos of previous work?

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Ultrashape Body Contouring

Today, lots of women are looking into Ultrashape to help redefine the shape of their bodies and get rid of excess fat. This treatment breaks up fat cells to prevent fat deposits from forming. It’s the non-surgical alternative to liposuction and needs to be done every two weeks to keep up the results. This non-invasive treatment can be problematic if not administered by a medical professional. It can also cause blistering of the skin if done improperly.