TikTok users are risking possible 'disfigurement' to attempt a cosmetic procedure at home: 'Everything could and does go wrong'

Hyaluronic acid sticks
Medical procedures should never be performed at home. Not even if you've found a lip injection kit on the internet.
Especially in this case, actually. Some people try anyway.
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Videos from YouTube and TikTok users experimenting with hyaluronic or hyaluronic sticks have become increasingly popular.
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The self-injecting pens press the filler into the skin with compressed air without the use of a needle, but they are still dangerous.
Dr. David Shafer, a plastic surgeon who specializes in all aspects of aesthetic and cosmetic surgery at Shafer Clinic Fifth Avenue in New York City, told In The Know, “Anything could and can go wrong when patients try to come to terms with to treat medical procedures. ”
"From the most basic complications of injection and swelling to the more serious like disfigurement, people shouldn't try these treatments at home," he said.
In the home, injectors not only do not receive an adequate standard of care from a doctor, but they also use a device that is not FDA approved.
While the hyaluronic acid sticks are tempting because they don't use needles, that doesn't mean they're non-invasive. You still break the skin barrier with a "shotgun effect".
There is also no way of knowing what is really in them.
"When products are ordered online from sketchy sources, there is no way of knowing what is actually in the product," said Dr. Shafer. “Is it really hyaluronic acid or is it silicone or some other substance? Is it sterile or contaminated with bacteria? "
He and several other doctors warned about the trend.
While alternatives at home may work in other areas of your life, it is a good idea to seek help from a professional for cosmetic procedures.
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