Lip Fillers Gone Wrong

Botox or Fillers? What does each one do?

Botox and Biocompatible Tissue Filler injections are among the most popular nonsurgical cosmetic procedures. Fillers can be used to add volume to the lips and other areas on the face, like laugh lines or Naso-labial folds. BOTOX paralyzes muscles of unwanted facial expression. It is the most popular fix for celebrities and everyday people alike, for safe, effective treatment of wrinkles on the forehead, between the eyebrows (frown lines), and in the “crow’s feet” areas of the face.

All brands of filler are semi-permanent and are injected directly into targeted areas for treating facial wrinkles and plumping up lips. Most fillers are made of hyaluronic acid (others made with Poly-L-lactic acid) – a naturally occurring substance in your skin that helps to add volume and hydration. The gel is injected under the skin to provide a smooth, natural look and feel with long lasting results.

Who should you trust to perform your fillers?

The person administering cosmetic injections should be a licensed doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner or physician’s assistant, with the latter two being supervised by doctors. Because there isn’t a specific certification, it’s hard to tell who should be administering injectables. Dr. Magassy believes a patient should really only seek out board-certified plastic surgeons who understands the anatomy and results. If someone isn’t an experienced certified plastic surgeon, they might not have ever seen what’s underneath the skin, which means they might not know where blood vessels, nerves or other parts of the body you can injure are located.

Things to Consider

1. Low cost isn’t always best. If the price seems extremely low or is extremely discounted, the product is probably highly diluted or the person administering it may not be an experienced provider.

2. Before and After Photos. Plastic surgeons that are proud of their work will have a large gallery of Before and After photos for the procedures they perform. A lack of before and after photos can be a red flag.

3. Check the label of the product being used on you. Beware of counterfeit injectable products from China or silicone injectables. A true professional won’t mind being asked questions about the products or substances you might be having injected under your skin.

4. Beware of Nonsterile environments. It’s fun to get together with friends. Botox and fillers are “a medical procedures.” These procedures should be in an appropriate setting and not at a party with alcohol in someone’s house. Drinking alcohol could cause a lot of bruising and bleeding problems since alcohol interferes with blood clotting.

What can happen when Fillers go wrong?

A recent article crossed our desk from Arizona. “According to a recent report by Fox 10 Phoenix, at least seven unfortunate women have been left in pain after making several separate appointments on August 3 at the house of a woman in Maricopa who was charging $80 for fillers - a mere ten percent of the standard price ($620). Within hours of receiving their injections, the customers were left with aching and pus-filled lips, and were quickly rushed to the ER.”

Don’t trust any type of cosmetic plastic surgery procedures to the “cheapest” doctor and remember, that the bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten. Make sure you look at the surgeon’s credentials to make sure they are top-rated and most importantly, board certified and make sure that your surgeon has the experience as opposed to a surgeon gaining experience on you. Plastic Surgery Associates’ private surgical suite is conveniently located in McLean, VA for patients in Northern Virginia, Washington DC and Maryland. We look forward to scheduling your consultation and welcoming you to Plastic Surgery Associates, PC. Or, call 703-790-5454 to schedule your consultation today.

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