Your Weekly Beauty Recap | September 24, 2019
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The Big Business of Fake Facial Fillers (Allure, 8/28)

  • It's dangerous and illegal to sell hyaluronic acid fillers online, but despite the risks, consumers remain undeterred, with many going so far as to inject themselves.
  • While cosmetic treatments have continued to grow in popularity so has their "dark side" - in this case, the dangerous trend of DIY injectables
  • The availability of counterfeit fillers for purchase online, paired with social media video tutorials that make it look easy to inject them yourself, has become a very worrisome combination for consumers.
  • This trend of consumers with no medical knowledge injecting themselves is being referred to as "the most dangerous and irresponsible trend I've heard of in years," by Lara Devgan, a board-certified plastic surgeon in New York City.
  • These counterfeit products can be incredibly easy to find and relatively inexpensive to purchase from completely unregulated places with no license and no medical degree.
  • "The Bottom Line: Don't ever — under any circumstance — try to inject yourself with filler that you've bought online. Don't ever buy fillers online in the first place. And unless you're a trained medical professional (i.e., a board-certified dermatologist and/or plastic surgeon), don't ever try to inject yourself with anything at all (or let one of your friends try to do so in their basement). The results of just one misplaced poke of a needle can be life-changing and irreversible."

How 5 Atlanta Women Budget For Their Injectable Treatments (Spotlyte, 9/18)

  • If you consider a service, treatment, or product to be non-negotiable in your routine, you'll find a way to keep it no matter how tight money is.
  • Spotlyte spoke to five Atlanta-based women who share how they prioritize their spending when it comes to medical aesthetics.
  • Tips for saving:
    • Put any large sums of money (tax refunds, bonuses, etc.) away to be used on treating yourself.
    • Account for beauty spending in a "discretionary beauty fund" prioritize their injectable treatments over other beauty treats.

Is Permanent Lip Augmentation Still a Thing? (NewBeauty, 8/29)

  • Anyone can get lip fillers, but these treatments require continual maintenance.
  • Anytime you inject a permanent substance into the face (chin implants excluded), it’s never ideal - especially when it comes to lips considering we use them all of the time to speak, to kiss, to drink.
  • With something permanent, you have to consider, what if it doesn't look good or shifts? In these cases, the only recourse is surgical removal.
  • Temporary lip fillers, such as hyaluronic acid fillers, are the best choice for lip augmentation, even if you have to make repeat visits.

Instagram's New Policies are Doubling Down on Unrealistic Weight Loss and Cosmetic Treatments (New Beauty, 9/20)

  • This week, Instagram announced a change to its advertising guidelines and policies, stating that users under the age of 18 will be restricted from seeing posts that may promote weight-loss products or certain types of cosmetic treatments.
  • The goal of this policy is to make the platform “a positive place for everyone” and to “reduce the pressure that people can sometimes feel as a result of social media.”
  • Another point of contention: not all cosmetic procedures should be restricted, only those performed by those who falsely claim their expertise.
  • It is always better to see a board-certified dermatologist or plastic surgeon to discuss realistic outcomes and safety.