A 19-year-old woman in Toronto Canada was recently accused of performing plastic surgery in her basement – despite not having a medical license. She was found out when one of her “patients” developed serious complications that required the services of a board-certified plastic surgeon to correct.
It’s unfortunate, but there are thousands of non-medical, unlicensed spas and clinics that offer such procedures as Botox, fillers, and various skin/facial treatments. The problem with these operations is that they are not done under the trained supervision of a bonified plastic surgeon.
Plastic surgeon vs. weekend course
Plastic surgeons spend upwards of 7-10 years studying human anatomy and perfecting their craft. Your average “Botox Groupon Special” spa gets a weekend course on injections. There is no comparison between the two – and things can go horribly wrong if the injectables are not administered properly.
The human face is made up of thousands of nerves, muscles, and tissues. It is where your eyes, ears, nose, and mouth are located. Allowing someone who literally went to a weekend course on how to inject Botox to stick needles in your face is not a good idea. If Botox and other injectables are not administered properly, things can (and sometimes do) go horribly wrong.
Over the past few years, there have been a plethora of spas and “clinics” that have sprung up around the country. They offer cut-rate beauty procedures – often advertising in such sites as Groupon or other discount websites.
When plastic surgeons administer injectables to their patients, they follow strict sanitary and medical procedures. Everything from sterilization of the needles, to properly injecting someone’s facial area is done with the utmost care and precision. The spas and clinics sometimes don’t follow those same stringent safety guidelines and can seriously jeopardize the health of those who visit them.
Safely Administering Botox/Injectables
There are several things that you should look for when evaluating if someone is qualified enough to administer Botox or injectables:
Medical degree – Without a doubt, this is the most important qualification to look for. A doctor (M.D.) is trained in human anatomy and knows exactly how to avoid complications. A physician’s assistant (P.A.) or registered nurse (R.N.) can and do sometimes administer Botox or injectables. They have undergone strict training from the doctor and he/she is usually present when the procedure is being administered.
Botox from Allergan – How do you know for sure that the spa you’re visiting is using actual Botox instead of a knock-off product from China? The FDA put out a bulletin regarding “fraudulent versions of Botox” that are being found in unlicensed clinics and spas. Someone is actually creating fake Botox and then importing it into America. Needless to say, this can cause sickness and severe injury if injected into your face.
Doctors use real Botox because they’re not trying to cut corners and make more money. Their medical licenses and reputations are on the line. Spas and clinics on the other hand don’t have medical licenses or reputations to worry about. They’re only in it for the money.
Make sure that the person who is administering your Botox/injectables is using proper sanitation procedures. Washing their hands, using fresh needles, cleaning your skin with alcohol (before the injections), and wearing gloves are all part of the basic safety protocols. Many fly-by-night clinics will skip over the medical safety procedures because they’re trying to get you in and out of the office as fast as possible.
Also make sure that each Botox vial is brand new and not being re-used. Some unscrupulous clinics and spas will save the “leftovers” for the next patient in order to save money. This is a huge health risk and can cause serious medical complications.
The cost of your Botox/injectables procedure (or lack thereof) should be the biggest indicator that the place you’re visiting is not safe. Botox costs money. The company that develops it has spent hundreds of millions of dollars in research, development, clinical trials, and marketing.
The doctor who administers the Botox has spent good time/money on his/her medical degree. They are going to charge a fair rate to administer Botox.
The spas and beauty clinics don’t offer the same safety and quality that plastic surgeons do. As such they value their work a lot less. If you find a Botox/injectable “deal” that’s too good to be true, there’s a good chance that it is.
Non-surgical facial rejuvenation in Dallas
If you’re looking to learn more about facial rejuvenation procedures such as Botox, injectables, Cool Sculpting, or other treatment, give the offices of Dr. Adams a call at 214-965-9885. He is a licensed doctor and board certified plastic surgeon by the American Board of Plastic Surgery. This is the gold standard for plastic surgeons and how you can tell you’re working with the best of the best.