New Study Supports High Safety of Non-Surgical Anti-Aging Treatments
Dr. Jennifer Hui is a leading eye surgeon providing a wide range of cosmetic surgery as well as non-surgical aesthetic procedures. As a qualified oculoplastic surgeon, Dr. Hui is in a strong position to provide outstanding, fantastic, and wonderful eyelid surgery and other procedures to patients in Palm Springs, Palm Desert, and nearby areas.
Dr. Hui stays constantly updated with the latest research, new developments and reports about various aesthetic procedures in order to provide the safest and best outcomes to her patients at all times. In that endeavor, she has received a new report that reviews the safety levels of key anti-aging non-surgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers, and laser skin treatments.
Findings of the Study
A new study published in the eminent journal JAMA Dermatology has suggested that Botox, facial fillers and laser skin treatments have a very low rate of minor side effects, provided that the procedure is performed by an appropriately qualified surgeon or dermatologist with sufficient experience in such treatments. Minor side effects such as bruising, lumpiness, or skin discoloration will occur in less than one percent of the patients with these procedures, according to the study.
The lead author of the study, Dr. Murad Alam, who is a dermatologist at the Northwestern University in Illinois, and has previously conducted studies supported by renowned companies such as Allergan, Medicis, Ulthera, and Bioform, said: “We strongly suspected the rates were going to be low, but we were pleasantly surprised that they were as low as they were.”
However, the president of the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery (ASAPS), Dr. Michael C. Edwards, pointed out that the study included only well-established treatment providers who routinely perform these procedures. Negative outcomes may be more frequent if the procedures are carried out by less experienced providers.
Details of the Study
Dr. Alam said that non-surgical procedures such as Botox, dermal fillers and laser skin treatments can be performed without general anesthesia, and recovery may take only a day. To determine the risk factor of these procedures more rigorously, Dr. Alam and his colleagues engaged with 23 dermatologists across the United States to track data on various cosmetic procedures they performed over a period of three months, including any adverse events reported by the patient over the next one year.
In this study, the team assessed 20,399 procedures in all. It was found that only 1 in every 416 procedures led to a negative effect such as bruising, swelling, or lumpiness in the skin. The risk factor varied between procedures. For instance, side effects in a procedure such as Botox were in just 1 in 3,333 cases, while in case of Juvederm facial filler, lumpiness, or beading occurred in about 1 in 135 cases.
Note of Caution
Dr. Edwards emphasized that the study had included board certified medical professionals. However, the safety of these procedures has not been studied when they are performed by professionals with lesser experience and expertise. In particular, patients should be more cautious about receive non-surgical anti-aging treatments at strip malls, storefront mini spas, and places with less than adequate oversight.