As the plastic surgery field continues to explode, we are also seeing some disturbing trends. Here are two growing trends that we recommend you avoid.
At-Home Micro-Needling – Is It Safe?
When considering micro-needling, you should know that there is a big difference between the home derma-roller therapy and the micro-needling performed at your doctor’s office. Micro-needling is safest when performed at your doctor’s office, and it is likely to be much more effective as well. Also, there is a risk of scarring with at-home micro-needling treatments.
The needles used for home therapy are typically under 1 mm in length. The home derma roller is designed to maximize the effectiveness of active topical skincare products. The process is pain-free and requires no topical numbing. Micro-needling with the home dermal roller creates micro channels through the surface of the skin, allowing active skincare products with ingredients like Retinol and Vitamin C to reach the depths of the skin more effectively. The process greatly improves penetration, absorption and effectiveness.
The needles used by your doctor are longer, typically 1 to 3 mm in length. Due to the length of the needle, this type of therapy requires topical anesthetic. More expansive cases may require IV sedation or a general anesthetic. Micro-needling is used to treat a variety of skin conditions including lax skin, stretch marks, wrinkles and deep acne scars. Having the treatment performed by a medical professional in a sterile, professional environment is definitely the way to go.
Do it yourself at-home treatments can save you money, but they are a much less effective treatment option that comes with some risks. The home devices are not held to FDA standards like professional devises are. Also, professional device tips are used once and then discarded while home device needles/tips are used again and again. No matter how well you think you clean the device, the home derma rollers will inevitably begin to harbor viruses, fungi and bacteria that may be introduced into the skin with the next use. This can possibly cause infections and scarring. Also, these home derma roller needles/tips get dull, which may cause deep injury and scarring.
Medical Tourism – Understand the Dangers
When people leave their own country to seek medical treatment abroad, it is called medical tourism. This is another trend you should avoid at all costs.
Medical tourism can save you money, as many of these treatments and cosmetic procedures are available at a much lower cost outside of the United States. Even after the costs of airfare are factored in, it can still be much less expensive to have an operation performed overseas. But while you will be saving money, you will also be taking some dangerous risks. Here are some of the risks you should consider before engaging in medical tourism.
- The standards for sanitation are different in other parts of the world. The facilities may be unsanitary and the equipment used during surgery may not be sterile.
- If you should need a blood transfusion, remember that standards for blood donation vary greatly from country to country. You could be at risk for a serious infection like HIV or hepatitis.
- The medications you receive could be counterfeit or of low quality.
- You may not be able to check the credentials and licensing of a doctor in a foreign land.
- Communication may be a problem if you do not speak the language.
- When you travel by air, you increase your risk for blood clots, infection and post-op complications.
- If you should require an extra long hospital stay, would you be able to afford the additional costs?
- What if you got an infection or had post-op complications, and you couldn’t get the medical facility to treat you?
When it comes to plastic surgery trends, the cheapest option is not always the best option, so be informed. Contact us for more information or to schedule a consultation. Flannagan Plastic Surgery serves residents of Evansville and Jasper and the surrounding cities in the tri-state area of Indiana, Northern Kentucky and Illinois.