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The Doctors and senior investigative producer Leslie Marcus examine the growing trend of people taking cosmetic procedures into their own hands and the possible dangers these invasive procedures pose.
Leslie explains some people are trying to learn how to perform cosmetic procedures after watching medical training videos and ordering supplies from international websites for things like blood facials, Botox, fillers, and laser treatments. These supplies from overseas are not FDA-approved and could easily be counterfeit.
Dermatologist Dr. Sonia Batra stresses these online overseas products are coming from people who do not have a medical license and are not trained. ER physician Dr. Travis Stork says even though he is a physician, he would not inject himself with a product, and would certainly never want to see someone with zero medical training attempt it.
One popular device that Leslie uncovered is the Hyaluron Pen, which is a non-injectable filler device and uses high pressure to shoot hyaluronic acid into the skin. Dr. Batra explains even though the device does not use a needle, it still presents a risk to the user and can casue bruising, swelling and an offset of blood supply on the treated area when used by someone who is not trained.
"It's crazy to me," Dr. Batra says of being able to buy this product online and begin using it in just days. She also notes the authenticity of the hyaluronic acid, along with how it is shipped and stored, is not known and should be suspect.
Additionally, the cartridges used in the Hyaluron Pen are filled by the user, which The Doctors note could be a breeding ground for bacteria and a source of possible contamination, which could lead to infections and abscesses.
Find out more about a woman, with no medical training, who performs dangerous cosmetic procedures on her face and why she believes this dangerous practice is worth the risk.