Health Watch - Looking Good: Don't Do It Yourself

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This week on Health Watch, we’re talking about looking good for all the holiday events you may be attending. Cosmetic procedures are expensive, but cutting corners and trying to do some things for yourself could lead to problems.

Self-injectable facial fillers for smoothing lines and wrinkles are available on the Internet, but Dr. Jeffrey Kenkel, vice chairman of plastic surgery at UT Southwestern Medical Center, says this is a procedure for qualified medical personnel. Improper technique can result in infections, filler spreading to other locations or drooping eyelids. It can be more expensive to fix complications when something goes wrong than to have the procedure properly done in the first place. There are a variety of options for getting the look you want in a variety of price ranges, so talk to a plastic surgeon or dermatologist instead of taking matters into your own hands.

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December 2009

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