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Dangers of DIY Plastic SurgeryA frightening new trend has developed where men and women perform plastic surgery on themselves in their homes. DIY plastic surgery has the allure of being a cheap alternative to procedures performed by a physician; many people want to save a buck and look beautiful at the same time. However, these same people are often uneducated about the treatments and products they are subjecting themselves to.

At-home plastic surgery leads to extreme physical and emotional pain, disfigurement, and, in some horrible cases, death. In many cases, people are buying treatments and kits online that say they provide “in-office results without the cost.” The fact of the matter is, many of these products are produced out of the country, don’t meet FDA standards, and are filled with non-medical grade versions of what they claim to be.

Regular BOTOX® Rather Than Medical Grade

There are a number of cases where women have purchased regular BOTOX® rather than medical grade and injected it into their faces. BOTOX® is BOTOX® right? So wrong. BOTOX® is derived from botulinum toxin type A or B, but there are, in fact, nine different forms of botulinum toxin. Only in extremely low doses does BOTOX® work to prevent muscle contraction and reduce wrinkles. In high concentrations, it is poisonous, leading to illness or even death.

Internet Injectables

Many companies boast online about their products being cheaper versions of what you can get in a medical office. You can buy many dermal fillers online for as low as $10. These products are usually from companies outside the U.S. that do not have to meet FDA regulations. In many cases, people have adverse reactions to these products. A press release by the Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia discusses the case of a woman who injected herself with an Internet filler that resulted in “an extremely poor aesthetic result” and “a painful reaction to the foreign substance and the development of large infected abscesses on her face.” It will cost her more money to minimize the damage caused than it would have if she had just undergone a safe procedure performed by a qualified professional to begin with.

Injecting Cooking Oil

It’s hard to forget the Korean woman who injected cooking oil into her face thinking it would react like BOTOX®. Her face swelled to grotesque proportions and is now permanently disfigured.

Buttock Enhancement Using Silicone Injections

There have been a number of cases where women allow silicone to be injected into their buttocks to provide enhancement, but all they really achieve is pain and the hardening of butt tissue. In the case of Apryl Brown, her hands and feet had to be amputated to prevent the spread of silicone throughout her body. Hers was a fortunate case; many men and women die from silicone injections when the silicone spreads from the injection site and migrates to the lungs or brain.

Always Go With an ABPS Board-Certified Plastic Surgeon, Not Just Any Certified Doctor

It’s important to have any plastic surgery or cosmetic treatment performed by a medical professional. However, not all doctors are the same. For the best results possible, you should alway choose a board-certified plastic surgeon to ensure that your provider’s specialty is plastic surgery and that he or she has been working in the field for years. Dr. Hiatt is board certified by the American Board of Plastic Surgery (ABPS) and has been practicing plastic surgery for over 20 years. He is knowledgeable in his field and skilled at what he does. See what his satisfied patients have to say by clicking here.


If you are considering plastic surgery or a cosmetic treatment, schedule your consultation with Dr. Hiatt today. He and his friendly staff are here to assist you and answer any questions you may have about your desired procedure. Call us today at (480) 844-1410 or fill out our online contact form here.