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While Less Invasive, Minor Cosmetic Procedures Can Cause Major Problems


Cosmetic surgery used to be something only whispered about among an older, wealthy clientele, but the practice is now commonplace and widespread among people of all ages and income levels. Minimally invasive procedures, such as Botox injections and chemical peels, are routinely offered in general practice offices alongside regular checkups and exams. While these added cosmetic services promise quick results, little downtime, and a price that is friendly to your budget, there are potential side effects and complications that can occur, which could result in serious personal injuries. 

Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedures 

A 2017 USA Today report states that as cosmetic surgery becomes more widespread and available, consumer spending for both plastic surgery and less invasive procedures has reached record setting levels, logging in at more than $16 billion each year. While surgical operations such as breast augmentation, liposuction, and rhinoplasty (otherwise known as a ‘nose job’) continue to lead to huge profits, it is more minor procedures that have become increasingly available to both men and women in their doctor’s office that have seen the greatest increases. Among the most popular of these treatments include:

  • Anti-wrinkle treatment injections, such as Botox;
  • Hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane and Juvederm;
  • Chemical peels;
  • Microdermabrasion;
  • Laser treatments.

While all of the above can be easily performed over a lunch break with hardly any recovery time required, it does not mean there are not risks involved.

Know the Risks

Many less invasive treatments available through your doctor’s office do not require extensive licensing to be performed. While offering these services and competing with freestanding clinics and day spas help to meet patient demand and increase your doctor’s bottom line, they may lack the proper training and experience needed to minimize the risk of potential complications.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), even with an experienced practitioner, common side effects due to minimally invasive procedures such as injections and chemical peels include bruising, redness, and pain in the affected area. While these tend to clear up within a week or so on their own or with additional treatment from your provider, other, more serious complications can unfortunately occur. Depending on the procedure, the NIH warns that this may include:

  • Muscle paralysis;
  • Scarring;
  • Hardened areas on the skin;
  • Severe burns;
  • Allergic reactions;
  • Infections due to contaminated needles and other tools.

It is important to make sure any materials and ingredients used during your procedure have been approved by the Food and Drug Administration for safety. Serious complications as the result of using dangerous or defective drugs during cosmetic procedures include difficulty swallowing or breathing, and in some severe cases, death.

Reach Out to Us Today for Help

If you have suffered adverse effects or other problems with a cosmetic surgery procedure, call or contact the Law Firm of William E. Raikes III online. We can arrange a free consultation for you to meet with a Fort Pierce personal attorney to discuss your case and the options which may be available.


The Law Office of William E. Raikes III is located in Fort Pierce, FL and serves clients in and around the communities of Fort Pierce, Port Saint Lucie and Vero Beach.

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