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Thursday, May 19, 2011

Don't try it - DIY facelifts that disfigure

Sulaiman Kamal | 11:33 PM | Best Blogger Tips

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Don't try it - DIY facelifts that disfigure
Australian women buying dodgy beauty treatments off the internet are being left disfigured from DIY facelift disasters.

The Cosmetic Physicians Society of Australasia is warning people about the dangers of buying injectable substances over the web after a woman suffered horrific and painful side effects.

One Australian woman, who asked not to be named, has bravely released photos of her freakishly fat lips and infected blotches on her face after getting a friend to jab her with products bought online.

Her recent experiment with a dermal filler designed to pump up her lips went horribly wrong as they grotesquely ballooned two weeks later. Abscesses appeared on her face six weeks after the injection.

The woman, who is in her early 30s and is being professionally treated with antibiotics and drainage, has asked for the graphic pictures to be released as a public health alert.

It is unclear at this stage whether she will fully recover.
CPSA president Gabrielle Caswell said it was extremely concerning that overseas-based websites were claiming to offer cosmetic "medicines" such as Botox and "dermal fillers", some of which are packaged with unsafe and unhygienic do-it-yourself injection kits.

Dr Caswell said consumers could not be certain what was contained in discounted "knockoffs" and were risking potentially disastrous results and permanent scarring.

In Australia, cosmetic medicines such as botulinum toxin and dermal fillers are prescription-only medicines.

This means an appropriately registered doctor needs to prescribe the medication after a medical history has been taken and the patient is examined.

"The general public should be aware that the substance they intend to purchase online may not be sterile (with the potential to cause difficult-to-treat infections); or worse, may be a toxic blend of something unidentifiable, leading to longer-term illness, scarring and disfigurement," Dr Caswell said.

"Individuals should also be aware that purchasing such alleged medicines from international websites, and importing them into Australia, may also be an illegal activity."

Dr Caswell said the woman bought a supposed dermal filler substance labelled "HA 40 mg/ml" from an overseas website.

An international laboratory is analysing ingredients in the substance.

Dr Caswell advises that anyone considering such cosmetic treatments should look for a medically registered doctor who has a focus on cosmetic medicine, such as a CPSA member.

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