Dr. Rosmy Barrios 05 Oct 2021

Everyone likes to feel and look good. There is nothing wrong with that. That’s where modern aesthetic medicine can help.

However, aesthetic doctors rarely perform treatments with medical indications. In simple words, they do not treat diseases but only help their patients to look better.

Some aesthetic treatments have a higher risk of complications, and avoiding them is the best thing you can do. To help you do that, we’ve compiled this list of ten cosmetic procedures to be careful with.

1. Lipodissolve injections

Although it is legal in the United States, the Lipodissolve procedure has no scientific backing. There are no conclusive studies that prove it works. Furthermore, if it does, we do not know how and what the potential side effects are.

Lipodissolve is gaining popularity because of its simplicity. The promise of losing stubborn localized fat without much effort, or a highly invasive surgical procedure, is tempting. The FDA, however, does not approve any of the substances currently in use for this procedure.

The bottom line is that Lipodissolve is very far from being the safest way to a slimmer look. No wonder it remains illegal in many parts of the world.

2. Permanent Dermal Fillers

Dermal fillers based on natural ingredients, such as collagen or hyaluronic acid, are highly effective and safe. However, their effects are temporary. That means, sooner or later, you'll have to pay again for the same procedure with similar results.

The idea of spending money only once on something that's permanent seems a good one. However, it's not. Here's why.

Permanent fillers, such as silicone and aquamid, can cause serious complications. First of all, if you get an unsatisfying result, you're stuck with it. It never goes away. More importantly, these substances often bind to surrounding tissue or relocate to an unwanted position, creating lumps and creases.

Most aesthetic medicine specialists stay away from permanent fillers. Unfortunately, these injections are simple to administer. So, untrained individuals can use them for a fast profit. Sometimes with disastrous results.

3. Buttock Implants

The influencer culture of the internet age has plenty to do with the big butt trend. Although this look is not equally popular around the world, the demand for buttock implants is rising.

These implants are not the same as breast implants. They are made more durable for a good reason.

Plastic surgeons use solid silicon blocks. They implant them under buttock muscles to increase the size of the patient's rear end.

The complications with this procedure include infections, allergic reactions, fluid accumulation, skin discoloration, pain, and bleeding. The main issue is the location of the implants. The buttocks area's daily use and manipulation only increase the risk of problems.

4. Permanent Makeup

The thought of having something permanently drawn on their face is not enough to discourage some people.

Unfortunately, it is often too late for regrets as permanent makeup removal is costly and not always doable.

Patients are advised to keep in mind their long-term satisfaction and avoid undergoing cosmetic procedures they cannot reverse later in life.

5. CO2 Laser Peel

CO2 laser skin resurfacing falls into the category of extreme facial procedures. Such procedures can produce highly satisfying results, such as scar removal. However, they also increase the risk of complications such as infections, permanent discoloration, ectropion (eyelids turning outward), scarring, etc. If you are thinking about this procedure, make sure you go to a highly skilled doctor with much experience, and they explain the risks and benefits in detail.

6. Facial liposuction

Facial liposuction disturbs the natural fat deposits in the face area. That changes the structure of the face and its appearance. As a result, uneven lumps and creases may appear on the surface. The skin can become saggy and bumpy.

Other serious complications may include a fat embolism, fluid accumulation, nerve damage, infections, and bleeding.

7. Breast Augmentation Injections

Wouldn't it be amazing if the breast augmentation procedure did not involve surgery? That's what breast augmentation injections are promising to make possible.

The treatment uses the patient's purified fat tissue, harvested elsewhere in the body, or artificial fillers for breast enlargement without cutting, stitching, or scars. However, it is not safe.

The risk of fat calcification inside breast tissue is real. That could make potential breast cancer impossible to detect using contemporary diagnostic methods.

8. Leg Lengthening Surgery

First of all, leg lengthening surgery is painful. There is no way to say this nicely. The lengthening process involves breaking the legs and gradually extending the bones using screws and other devices.

Leg-lengthening may be a viable solution for some people. Such patients usually have psychological issues regarding their height. However, as a cosmetic procedure, it is one of the worst choices you can make.

A better physical appearance is not worthy of a long, complex, and painful recovery. The only thing that surpasses the discomfort of leg lengthening surgery is its cost.

9. Cosmetic Foot Surgery

Would you let anyone change something with your comfortable shoes? Of course not. Then why would you change anything about your pain-free feet?

Cosmetic foot procedures, surgical or minimally invasive, are not a good idea. Too many things could go wrong, beginning with a high risk of infections and swelling to nerve damage and chronic pain.

Remember, enhancing the appearance does not improve the function of your feet. It may even do the opposite.

10. Body Lift Surgery

For patients who have lost a lot of weight in a short time and have extraordinary skin laxity this procedure might be helpful. However, it comes with many risks. If you are considering this after weight loss, do your research carefully and make sure your doctor explains the risks and benefits and great detail, and has had extensive experience in this field.

The Final Word

Aesthetic procedures should make healthy people look better. Unfortunately, some of them can damage health and worsen the aesthetic appeal. No one wants to pay for that. The best way to avoid this is to educate yourself about the cosmetic treatments you desire. Always consult your doctor to make sure you are making the right choice.

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About the Author:
Dr. Rosmy Barrios is an aesthetic medicine specialist with international work experience. She earned her physician diploma at the Universidad Del Norte’s School of Medicine in Barranquilla, Colombia, and her specialty at John F. Kennedy University in Buenos Aires, Argentina. Dr. Barrios is a member of Pan-American Aesthetic Medicine Association (PASAM) and the Union Internationale de Medecine Esthetique (UIME). She is an expert health writer with keen interests in aesthetic medicine, regenerative aesthetics, anti-aging, fitness, and nutrition. Currently, Dr. Barrios heads the Regenerative Aesthetics department at a renowned Internal Medicine clinic based in Belgrade, Serbia.


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