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Botox gone wrong

We live in an age where everyone wants instant gratification for everything, but D-I-Y Botox is not the answer.  Here are some interesting statistics about D-I-Y skin care procedures:

  • About 4% of individuals self-administer non-surgical treatments
  • 11% of patients receive treatments from their hairdresser
  • 21% of individuals get laser hair removal from non-qualified professionals
  • 13% of individuals who undergo chemical peels or Botox injections, get them from unlicensed professionals

D-I-Y is fine when it comes to home décor and repairs, but not when it comes to some areas of skin care.  Botox is a toxin that is used to remove furrows, wrinkles and fine lines by temporarily paralyzing muscles.  If done incorrectly, it can result in a lopsided appearance, droopy eyebrows, sagging lids or downturned corners of the mouth.  There is also the risk of allergic reaction to the product due to administering the wrong dosage or usage of an adulterated product.  A person could experience fainting, severe pain, no control of facial muscles or trouble swallowing.  If left untreated, permanent paralysis could occur.

A chemical peel is another skin care treatment that people are getting from untrained/unlicensed professionals.  Chemical peels are not for everyone and if left on too long or not taking into account a person’s medical history or medications, a peel could lead to bacterial infection, scarring, severe hyperpigmentation or loss of pigment.

We are a vain society, but why risk your health?  Take time to seek out trained/licensed professionals or physicians for these treatments.  Your health depends upon it.

To read more on this topic, click on the following link:

Lacey, M. (2013). Daily Mail, “ How DIY Botoxers risk permanent facial paralysis: Exerts’ concern over trend for dangerous at-home treatments”. Retrieved December 6, 2013, from: