Treatments NOT to do at Home

Published on January 5, 2019

With all of the options we have on the internet, there are also many things available that can be not safe to do at home.  However, the companies that make and manufacture these products, will try to make you believe the products are safe and effective.  Here are some of the more common things available on the internet that definitely should be done by a professional and not tried at home.

Chemical Peels – Chemical peels are a great treatment option to treat dark spots, as well as fine lines and wrinkles.  However, this treatment can be very damaging to the skin when not performed by a professional. There are various places on the internet that offer “chemicals” which claim to be products used for chemical peels, but these products are unregulated, often come from foreign countries and can severely burn and scar your skin.  Chemical peels are fantastic at keeping the skin looking youthful and glowing but should always be performed by a skin care professional.

Laser Hair Removal – Recently there has been an explosion of products on the internet claiming to be at home laser hair removal products.  In some cases, the products are not true lasers. They may be designed to look like a laser but they are actually just depilator, which “pluck” the hair from the follicle.  Other products that are of the laser sort, are low quality and do not produce the same long term result that a true laser at a medical office provides. For long term, safe laser hair removal, a medical professional should be performing the procedure.

Botox – “Botox parties” are not a new thing, people have been having these parties in homes for many years, however there are many risks associated with having Botox injections and when not performed by a skilled professional, in a sanitary environment, the risks go up tremendously.  If you are interested in Botox, you always want to see a medical professional that is experienced. This amount of money you might save by going to a botox party is very insignificant in comparison to the problems you may experience from getting a bad botox injection. In addition to the botox injections not being performed properly, the quality of the product may be inferior to pure botox, which you would receive at a medical office.

Dermal Fillers – Dermal fillers should never be giving outside of a medical office.  Unfortunately, it does happen. If someone is offering “fillers” outside of a medical office, you should be concerned.  It’s very likely the products they are using are not traditional dermal fillers at all but often times some sort of industrial silicone product.  These products, when introduced to the body can have a devastating effect. They can cause infections, granulomas and even tissue death, meaning you could end up losing large areas of tissue around the injections area.  

If you want to improve something about your appearance, the most important thing you can do is talk to a licensed skin care expert.  At the Skin Care Center at Gulf Coast Plastic Surgery, our skin care experts love helping patients love their skin and we give free consultations to help you get started.  If you’re looking for help with your skin, schedule a free consultation today.

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