When Beauty Treatments Backfire
We are all suckers for beauty treatments that promise a quick fix to our biggest dilemmas. But are the risks worth it? Find out
The quick fix: FillersFillers like Juvederm and Restylane help plump up your lips, get rid of your laugh lines, and fill in your cheekbones. "These are quick fixes," says Forouzanpour. However, you have to make sure that the doctor you're going to is respectable and can guarantee the quality of the injections.
Forouzanpour says that when people try to get fillers on the cheap, there's a good chance of things going wrong. He points to one case where doctors in Florida were injecting animal products from China because they were cheaper, and injected too much -- so much that the client ended up in the hospital. He notes another horror story, where a woman who went to Mexico to get Juvederm fillers "got injected with who knows what and she ended up with scars, lumps, and bumps," he says. "And you can't correct something like that, because we don't know what the injection was."
The better option: Exilis
Forouzanpour recommends a nonsurgical procedure like Exilis, an FDA-approved radio frequency treatment that helps tighten the skin through heat. The collagen in the skin becomes tighter, thereby reducing fine lines and wrinkles. "It's nothing like surgery," he says. "While it doesn't give you the same result, it does give a nice, refreshing look to the skin. And there aren't side effects."