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Doctors condemn practice of at-home Botox

Doctors condemn practice of at-home Botox

Motivated by a desire to look younger and save money, a growing number of individuals are engaging in the alarming practice of do-it-yourself Botox. Doctors say that there are a bevy of serious risks posed by self-injections, and while it may seem like something anybody can do, it should only be performed by qualified professionals, the Louisiana-based newspaper The Times reports.

Categories: Patient Safety
December 29, 2010
After-effects of medical tourism worry surgeons

After-effects of medical tourism worry surgeons

The desire to improve one's appearance can sometimes be a significant motivating factor, but unfortunately, it can lead individuals to make unwise decisions as they work to achieve their ideal looks. Doctors in Canada report that a growing number of patients are experiencing complications from surgeries they underwent while abroad, the Calgary Sun reports.

Categories: Patient Safety
December 27, 2010
Plastic Surgeons see legislation as patient safety concern

Plastic Surgeons see legislation as patient safety concern

Officials in 30 states have approved oral-maxillofacial surgeons to perform cosmetic procedures beyond the mouth with treatments such as Botox and facial fillers, NBC affiliate WNYT reports.

Categories: Patient Safety
December 14, 2010
Do not take plastic surgery decision lightly, doctors warn

Do not take plastic surgery decision lightly, doctors warn

Though plastic surgery is an elective procedure, those who decide to undergo a cosmetic operation should not do so lightly. There can be long-term physical and emotional side-effects associated with permanently transforming one's appearance. The Huffington Post recently cited several factors, which experts suggest are unhealthy, that might contribute to a person's decision to have plastic surgery.

Categories: Patient Safety
October 25, 2010
Woman almost dies after undergoing breast surgery from unlicensed surgeon

Woman almost dies after undergoing breast surgery from unlicensed surgeon

When Kenyatta Brown, of Lawrenceville, Georgia, underwent a breast augmentation procedure at the clinic of Dr. Rajesh Rangaraj, she began to bleed uncontrollably, according to CBS Atlanta.

She filed a complaint with the Georgia Medical Board, which found that Rangaraj wasn't actually a board certified plastic surgeon, although his website had misleading advertisements that suggested otherwise.

Categories: Patient Safety
October 18, 2010

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