It’s a great expression of personal loyalty when a friend says he or she has your back. But, what about your face? That’s the question that was posed by UK researchers, who found an astonishing 13 percent of non-surgical treatments were performed by an untrained friend or acquaintance of the patient in the study. These treatments included injections of dermal fillers and Botox, skin peels, and various other skin treatments.
Asking for Trouble
The study, conducted by Transfer Cosmetic Surgery, found that 83 percent of respondents believed these non-invasive procedures should be left to the skilled hands of a medical professional. However, an unsettling 21 percent said they would allow treatments using dermal fillers or laser hair removal to be done by an unqualified practitioner. Four percent had actually "self-administered" their skin treatments, while 1 in 10 revealed they had a procedure done by a third-party person such as a hairdresser, knowing full well the person didn’t have the training or qualifications.
Red Flags Everywhere
This raises many obvious red flags, especially when you consider the fact that injecting Botox, for example, is a medical treatment. Plastic surgeons in general believe such procedures should be done by a board certified professional, not your average salon attendant. The risk of complications and allergic reaction is just too much to be left to chance.
‘But I saw them do it on the Internet’
That’s a common reaction one often hears whenever the issue of safety comes up with regard to Botox injections, dermal fillers, and other non-invasive skin treatments. But when you factor in the growing number of poisonings, severe allergic reactions, and deaths associated with treatments performed by unqualified doctors or outright frauds, you get the distorted picture. It’s just not safe for anyone other than a fully trained medical professional to administer these medical procedures under any circumstances. Some plastic surgeons do, however, concede that a trained RN is capable of injecting Botox, but only under a qualified doctor’s supervision.
Another Study, Another Controversy
The UK study is sure to spark some heated discussion on all sides of the debate. Who can, or should, be allowed to administer these facial procedures? To the well-informed, the answer should be obvious. It’s better to err on the side of personal safety than risk a botched procedure – or death – with only yourself to blame. Consult with a board certified cosmetic physician and learn how Botox and dermal fillers can erase fine lines and wrinkles and improve the overall appearance of the face.
Dr. Andrew Campbell is a double board certified facial plastic and reconstructive surgeon at Quintessa Medical Spa, with locations at 10604 N. Port Washington Road, Mequon, WI, and 2124 Kohler Memorial Drive, Sheboygan, WI. Schedule a personal consultation by calling (262) 242-QSPA for the Mequon office or (920) 458-QSPA for the Sheboygan office.