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The Doctors and senior investigative producer Leslie Marcus sit down with Kim, whose YouTube channel shows thousands of people how to perform cosmetic procedures on their own faces, despite Kim's lack of training, accreditation or a medical license.
Kim says she feels with information available online that she can successfully perform procedures like micro-needling and injecting filler and Botox on her own face. She explains she views tutorial videos on treatments and then performs them on herself in order to create her videos.
"It's a skill, if you will, like anything you get better the more you do it," she says of injecting herself. She buys her products from international suppliers and then injects a small amount in her arm, which she feels is a safe way to test out the products. The Doctors strongly warn that this not something they would advise doing and note these products are not approved by the FDA.
"I think there is enough information out there to get by," she says, explaining she shares her negative and positive experiences. She also tells us, "Hopefully by understanding the risks, you mitigate your loss and come out with favorable results."
The Doctors ask Kim, who is not a trained professional and does not have a medical background, about the risks of not understanding the anatomy of the skin, muscles and blood vessels in the area she is injecting in. Plastic surgeon Dr. Andrew Ordon notes if someone were to inject a product into an artery, they could lose large parts of the skin, along with getting a possible infection. "Aren't you playing Russian roulette with your own face?" asks Dr. Ordon.
"It's a calculated risk. I have had injections done in doctor's offices that have been successful. I've paid very close attention, and so I felt like my risk level was calculated," she tells us. She says she posts disclaimers in her DIY videos and says what she is doing is her own "skincare journey."
The Doctors take issue with how Kim, who not a medical professional, is teaching and instructing others how to perform these treatments on their faces. Kim feels people who come upon her content are already seeking out the information and that this DIY cosmetic community exists with or without her.
After watching some of Kim's videos. dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra expresses her strong concerns about a variety of unsterile and risky things she does during an injection video, like coming very close to the site of an artery and touching her hair, face, and mouth with her gloves and then continuing the treatment. Dr. Ordon notes she could easily develop an infection and possibly develop cellulitis (a potentially serious bacterial skin infection), sepsis (a potentially life-threatening condition caused by the body's response to an infection) and even possibly death.
Kim says she understands these risks and feels her content is providing "more guidance and more training" for individuals seeking out this information, something Dr. Ordon and the rest of The Doctors completely disagree with. Dr. Ordon reiterates, "You should not be doing this at home!"
The Doctors have much more from Kim and the dangers the DIY cosmetic community, including cosmetic injection nurse Julie Kaplan, who joins the show to share how she felt compelled to alert the FDA to Kim's content. "What you did is absolutely horrifying," Julie tells Kim.
Also, Find out why The Doctors say only trained professionals should perform injections and meet a woman who experienced a botched procedure by a woman posing as a nurse.
After our in-depth examination of DIY cosmetic procedures, find out if Kim has had a change of heart about her dangerous videos and risky practices. Plus, if you are looking for an at-home treatment, Dr. Batra suggests trying an alpha-beta hydroxy peel and topical hyaluronic acid, in the video below.