The worrying rise of DIY cosmetic surgery

rise of DIY cosmetic surgery

Is DIY cosmetic surgery really a thing? Worryingly, it is and unsurprisingly it very rarely goes right. Surgeons have seen a staggering increase in the number of people seeking help for DIY procedures which have gone wrong.

So, what’s fuelling the rise of DIY cosmetic surgery and what danger does it pose?

Why are people turning to DIY methods?

When we say DIY cosmetic surgery, we refer to aesthetic or minimally invasive procedures such as anti-wrinkle injections or dermal fillers as opposed to surgical procedures such as breast augmentations or tummy tucks.

Cost is a major factor in the rise of DIY cosmetic surgery – it’s possible to buy lip filler and botulinum toxin kits online, ready to use in the comfort of your own home. They’re cheap and easy to get hold of, making them a tempting option for those looking to save money.

There’s also the misconception that these aesthetic procedures are harmless because they are minimally invasive. What many people don’t realise is that these procedures only produce the results that they’re known for when injected by a professional medical practitioner. Even then, there’s always a risk that something could go wrong or you may have a reaction to the product, but by choosing an appropriately qualified practitioner you can be assured that they will be able to handle any complications as well as produce the result you want.

What dangers does DIY cosmetic surgery pose?

There’s a lot of dangers which come from carrying out aesthetic procedures on yourself. Firstly, you have no idea whether the botulinum toxin and dermal fillers you’re buying are safe to use. The market isn’t restricted or really monitored, which means you could be buying anything.

The warning also extends to opting for a low-cost deal, performed by a local beautician. Anti-wrinkle injections should be performed by a medical practitioner who has a license to prescribe, but dermal fillers can be injected by anyone. Last year, the NHS announced they were spending millions treating patients that had experienced serious complications as a result of a botched aesthetic treatment.

Why it’s better to opt for a qualified cosmetic surgery practitioner

If you’re interested in having fillers or botulinum toxin, it’s crucial you get them done by an experienced and qualified cosmetic surgery practitioner in a suitable environment. It may be more expensive than DIY kits, but it’s far safer and you’re also you’re also guaranteed to end up with the optimal results.