Facelifts and eyelifts, which plastic surgeon Dennis Bucko performs, are popular injections of the beach season. However, patients should be cautious.
Injectable treatments are among the most sought after non-surgical procedures. The American Society of Aesthetic Procedure and others note Botox injections remain a popular procedure in terms of patient numbers each year. A big reason why people favor injection treatments like these is because they are cost-effective. They produce great results at an affordable cost, notes Dennis Bucko. These techniques are also minimally invasive, are not very painful, and require virtually no healing time.
An August 20 PR Newswire press release lists some of these injections, such as Juvederm and Hylaform. All of these injections have been FDA-approved, but other injections might be scams. For example, the FDA reported that doctors’ misbranding Botox Cosmetic caused four people to become temporarily paralyzed in November 2004. The FDAs Office of Criminal Investigations has arrested at least 31 people for passing off “an unapproved, cheaper substitute.” With all the unsafe procedures out there, board-certified plastic surgeons like Dennis Bucko can recommend approved, safe ones.
The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, one organization to which Dennis Bucko belongs, asks consumers to be wary when considering Botox injections. But they should be cautious when considering any injectable drug or facial implant. Patients should check the drug is FDA-approved for its specific use and is being used in a sterile environment. A trained, qualified healthcare professional or physician should fully communicate risks and benefits before injecting the product. Likewise, the patient should completely disclose medical conditions and medications to the doctor.
As more and more people turn out to get these treatments, doctors are rising to meet the demand. The American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons reported that over 2.4 million people received Botox injections in 2010. It was the most common procedure for that year. Injectable treatments are quick—taking as little as 15 minutes, the release notes—with only slight side effects of redness, bruising, and swelling. “While all injectable treatments are considered temporary, the effects can be seen for as long as 6 to 12 months, depending on the product,” the release adds.
In other words, a procedure done in the summer can last until the winter. So, go ahead, get that plump and wrinkle-free face ready for summertime mingling!
Dr. Dennis Bucko, among other professional medical credentials, belongs to the American Board of Plastic Surgery. He performs everything from facial procedures to liposuctions and breast augmentations at his San Diego office, and has 25 years’ experience.