Cosmetic Treatments Gone Bad: 3 Beauty Treatments That Can Harm You
As far back as 10,000 BC, Egyptian women developed oils and ointments to protect their skin from the harsh sun and oxidized copper to line their eyes. In ancient Rome, women discovered skin-softening mud baths and learned to use ochre clay laced with lead and iron to color their eyelids and cheeks. In fact, the Roman philosopher Plautus once said, “A woman without paint is like food without salt.” Women, it seems, have always wanted to look their best, even if it meant complex, potentially dangerous acts.
Today’s women are no different, spending about $330 billion in the global beauty industry. With a skilled practitioner, most cosmetic treatments are perfectly safe and yield stunning results, but some have the potential to go terribly wrong if performed incorrectly. Here are three cosmetic treatments that sometimes do more harm than good.
Botox, Dysport and Xeomin Injections
Botox is the most commonly performed cosmetic procedure in the United States and for most people; it’s a harmless way to eliminate lines and wrinkles around the eyes and forehead. It works by temporarily relaxing muscle activity. Injections performed by an experienced doctor rarely lead to complications because they know precisely how much and where to place the toxin. Placed incorrectly, Botox injections can result in eyelid droop, excess tearing or dry eyes, unnaturally cocked eyebrows and even a crooked smile. A very tiny percentage of people experience a dangerous botulism-like reaction.
There are three main grades of chemical peels. A light peel is typically performed with glycolic acid and treats surface imperfections like fine lines and dry patches; these are very safe with little down time. Medium and deep peels are used to treat sun damage, acne scars, wrinkles and age spots and use strong chemicals like phenol and TCA intended to burn away layers of skin so fresh new skin can take its place. Most peels are perfectly safe and require from one day to one week for recovery. Done by an inexperienced doctor, however, chemical peels can lead to permanent scarring, skin discoloration and dangerous infections.
Laser Hair Removal
Removing unwanted hair has vexed women for generations; for many women, laser hair removal is the perfect solution. It’s safe, relatively painless and the results are permanent. Laser hair removal does carry some significant risks, however, especially for physicians less familiar with the process. Skin can be permanently lightened if the wrong laser is chosen. It might also blister and burn, causing infection and scarring. Used near the eye area, laser hair removal can cause serious eye injury or blindness.
At Laser Clinique, P. Alexander Ataii M.D. and his staff have performed over 50,000 laser hair removal treatments, 15,000 Botox injections and countless chemical peels in San Diego. Book your next beauty treatment with confidence at Laser Clinique; you’ll love the results.