This Spring, several cosmetic and plastic surgeons shared their views on the riskiest and potentially dangerous cosmetic procedures, enlightening the public on the drawbacks of many popular treatments entering the market. In the Top 10 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Avoid from ABC News, treatments such as LipoDissolve, buttock implants, and permanent makeup reached the top of the list.
Still, thousands of people continue to flock to the nearest plastic and aesthetic surgery center to get their 'fat dissolving' injections, enhance the size of their breasts and buttocks, and settle for tattoos in order to forego makeup for good.
Unfortunately, many are experiencing the negative consequences of treatments that have not been approved by the FDA, or procedures that are not backed by extensive research and clinical trials.
Fat dissolving treatments seem to be at the top of the 'most disappointed' list. Patients who have tried mesotherapy, LipoDissolve and other fat loss injection treatments are reporting their experience on message boards and sites such as RealSelf.com, and their responses offer some valuable insights - and warnings - for each treatment. 62% of RealSelf.com users claim that LipoDissolve 'was not worth it', and those who experienced extensive pain and adverse side effects are even considering filing a class action lawsuit (Source: RealSelf.com). Still, others are confident that their procedure was exactly what they needed, and the side effects were 'manageable'.
According to ASPS statistics, Americans spent nearly $13.2 billion on cosmetic procedures in 2007; approximately $8.3 billion was spent on surgical cosmetic procedures, and $4.7 billion on nonsurgical procedures. Liposuction, breast augmentation and eyelid surgery accounted for the top surgical procedures, and the trend is expected to continue in 2008.
Those looking for an effective fat removal procedure or other cosmetic enhancements are still encouraged to find a well-respected doctor and obtain references or referrals whenever possible.