Are you considering injectable cosmetic treatments to achieve that youthful glow? While these treatments are popular and widely used in the beauty industry, it’s essential to be aware of the potential risks involved. In this blog post, we’ll delve into three common beauty injections and uncover the hidden dangers associated with each.
Botox: Beyond Wrinkle Reduction
Botox, or botulinum toxin injections, are renowned for their wrinkle-reducing abilities. However, it’s crucial to avoid excessive or too frequent injections. Ideally, Botox treatments should not be administered more frequently than once every three months. Overdosing can lead to botulism, causing respiratory difficulties and even posing life-threatening risks.
Moreover, the botulinum toxin can spread, affecting areas beyond the injection site. This can result in drooping eyelids, double vision, blurred vision, difficulty chewing, hoarseness, and even problems with swallowing, speaking, or breathing. These symptoms can appear hours, days, or even weeks after the injection.
Dermal Fillers: Restore Skin Elasticity with Caution
Dermal fillers, such as hyaluronic acid, are popular for restoring skin elasticity. They are typically applied to the eye area, forehead, cheeks, and chin. However, caution is necessary as the face is rich in blood vessels. If the filler is accidentally injected into a blood vessel, it can obstruct the blood supply to the eye, potentially causing blindness or even stroke.
Errors during injections around the eye area can also lead to drooping eyelids and eye asymmetry.
Fat-Dissolving Injections: The Weight Loss Shortcut with Hidden Dangers
Some individuals seeking rapid weight loss opt for fat-dissolving injections, containing deoxycholic acid and phosphatidylcholine, to break down and absorb fat. However, most of these injections are not internationally approved, and their ingredients are not registered with the Hong Kong Department of Health.
It is unclear how the released fat is eliminated from the body. Additionally, these injections usually contain adrenaline, which must be administered by a doctor, as it can cause an accelerated heart rate and tremors. Overdosing can lead to high blood pressure and may trigger heart attacks in those with poor health.
Beware of Injection Contamination Risks
Contaminated needles or unhygienic injection environments can result in bacterial infections, causing swelling, inflammation, and pus discharge from the injection site. Bacteria can also enter the bloodstream, leading to septic shock and organ failure.
The most common bacteria causing infections are Staphylococcus aureus. Inadequate sterilization of equipment can result in streptococcus or staphylococcus infections.
Stay Informed and Choose Wisely
With the abundance of counterfeit beauty injections in the market, it’s crucial to avoid unlicensed beauty salons and injections with unknown origins. Always research the professional qualifications and relevant experience of the practitioner before undergoing any treatment.
It is essential to be well-informed about the potential risks associated with cosmetic injections. Consult a reputable professional, and always prioritize your health and safety over the pursuit of beauty.