Despite physicians warnings that self-injecting fillers such as Botox, Juvederm and Restylane can be dangerous, many people are still exploring the idea of purchasing fillers on their own and giving themselves an anti-aging quick fix from the comforts of home.
Plastic surgeons at Southwestern Medical Center warn that people looking to save money on their wrinkle treatments should not even consider sourcing and injecting prescription-strength fillers on their own. Vice Chairman of Plastic Surgery at UT Southwestern, Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, states, “It’s critical to seek out a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist to ensure that the material being injected is authentic, that the proper amount is being injected and that the fillers are injected in the proper location to avoid unwanted consequences.” (Source: UTSouthwestern.edu)
Complications and risks associated with self-injecting fillers can include anything from excessive swelling, migration of the compound to other areas of the face, scarring, infection and in some cases, bleeding. Individuals who inject fillers around the upper facial area and forehead may also experience droopy eyelids or excessive swelling that can become difficult to correct.
Still, even with the known risks, many people are turning to the Internet or finding a way to get injectable filler compounds so that they can perform these risky procedures themselves. Dr. Kenkel points out that there are many ways to improve the appearance safely and cost-effectively, and that self-injection presents far too many risks that outweigh the initial benefit.
While the average injectable costs between $300 to $500+ per treatment area, there are other options. Many patients can reduce the appearance of wrinkles with cosmetic treatments such as Thermage skin tightening procedures, laser skin resurfacing, microdermabrasion and chemical peels, and microcurrent facials. All of these procedures must be performed by a board-certified cosmetic surgeon or licensed medical professional, as these individuals will comply with safety standards and ensure the most favorable outcome is achieved for all patients.