Modern day science and technology has made a huge impact on the beauty industry. Botox, collagen shots, fillers, cosmetic surgery offer quick- fix solutions for the perfect look! They give you the desired look; but do they come with health risks too? Read on for the Top 6 Dangers with injectible fillers and cosmetic surgery:
Injectible fillers: They are the omnipresent Botox and fillers which are collagen, fat, hyaluronic acid, bovine and human based. While these injectible fillers are safe wiping off wrinkles, giving you visibly youthful skin there is a small percentage of people who deal with their negative side effects if not administered by a qualified physician.
The common reactions to these fillers are: soreness and a bruised feeling around the injected area, pain, nausea or recurring headaches, weak or drooping muscles, muscle stiffness, infection, abscess and scarring.
The risks when these procedures are not done by a qualified practitioner range from blood pooling under the skin surface, infections, necrosis or tissue death to granuloma or lumping beneath the skin surface
Cosmetic surgery: Though cosmetic surgery has made tremendous technological development over the years there are risks involved in going under the knife like: Hematoma, Scarring, Necrosis, Nerve damage, and Asymmetrical outcome.
Hematoma: It’s the blood clotting that occurs under the skin surface changing the feel and the appearance of the overlying skin. The area might also feel painful. This clotting normally reduces by itself as the body’s anti-clotting action starts but sometimes the hematoma continues to grow compressing the tissues around the area. This disrupts the oxygen flow to the tissues and can also lead to inflammation, swelling and skin death. An immediate corrective surgery then needs to be performed to dissipate the coagulated blood.
Scarring: Scarring is one of the most common risks associated with cosmetic surgery and is related to the wounds capacity to heal. It’s caused when both the top layer of the skin (epidermis) and the lower layer (dermis) are penetrated. The amount of scarring depends on how well the skin responds and copes with healing. Collagen, here is a sort of glue to help the edges of the wound knit together. When the skin heals well, the edges of the wound are ‘glued’ together by the collagen in the skin helping the skin remain flat and making the scarred area as small as possible. However, cells called fibroblasts, which are responsible for actually repairing the puncture, can go overboard and setup a new system of blood vessels to the scar area. This then causes too much collagen and results in rigid lines and lumps and bumps around the wound. The collagen will sometimes ‘overflow’ leaving a rubbery scar over healthy skin tissue.
Necrosis: Tissue death because of a lack of oxygen supply is called Necrosis. This risk increases with skin inflammation.
Nerve Damage: In rare cases nerve damage may take place which is characterized by numbness and a tingling sensation. This side effect doesn’t last longer than a year.
Asymmetrical outcome: In some cases the outcome of the surgery might not be as expected. Asymmetries could require a second corrective surgery.
Making an informed decision before going for any of these treatments is essential to get the right result. Also consulting a qualified dermatologist or cosmetic surgeon is imperative if these risks are to be reduced.
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