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Cosmetic Procedure Complications and How to Fix Them

Cosmetic Procedure Complications and How to Fix Them

Anne M Chapas, MD, FAAD, discusses what to do when cosmetic procedures go wrong during a presentation at the AAD 2022 annual meeting.

Cosmetic procedures continue to grow in popularity in the United States and across the globe.1 However, these procedures, even those that are minimally invasive, are not without their risks. As a result, as the number of procedures has increased, so have the complications associated with them.

Given the sometimes emotionally debilitating nature of these complications, there is an urgent need for dermatologists to be highly aware of the potential complications associated with aesthetic procedures and how to manage them.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of complications are caused by procedures performed by non-physicians in spas, salons, and other non-medical centers. As such, dermatologists also need to build out their knowledge base regarding how to correct or at least address the results of aesthetic treatments done outside of clinics that had undesirable or damaging outcomes.2

During a presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 2022 Annual Meeting held March 25 to 29, in Boston, Massachusetts, Anne M. Chapas, MD, FAAD, clinical instructor in dermatology at Mount Sinai and medical director at UnionDerm, both in New York, New York, discussed the top 10 cosmetic procedure complications and actionable solutions for preventing and managing these adverse events.3

Cosmetic Procedure Complications and How to Fix Them

Anne M Chapas, MD, FAAD, discusses what to do when cosmetic procedures go wrong during a presentation at the AAD 2022 annual meeting.

Cosmetic procedures continue to grow in popularity in the United States and across the globe.1 However, these procedures, even those that are minimally invasive, are not without their risks. As a result, as the number of procedures has increased, so have the complications associated with them.

Given the sometimes emotionally debilitating nature of these complications, there is an urgent need for dermatologists to be highly aware of the potential complications associated with aesthetic procedures and how to manage them.

Unfortunately, an increasing number of complications are caused by procedures performed by non-physicians in spas, salons, and other non-medical centers. As such, dermatologists also need to build out their knowledge base regarding how to correct or at least address the results of aesthetic treatments done outside of clinics that had undesirable or damaging outcomes.2

During a presentation at the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD) 2022 Annual Meeting held March 25 to 29, in Boston, Massachusetts, Anne M. Chapas, MD, FAAD, clinical instructor in dermatology at Mount Sinai and medical director at UnionDerm, both in New York, New York, discussed the top 10 cosmetic procedure complications and actionable solutions for preventing and managing these adverse events.3

Complications of Cosmetic Procedures: What Are They, and What are Their Effects?

Some of the most common complications of cosmetic procedures include bruising, changes in skin pigmentation, burns, infection, scars, swelling, and “frozen” facial expressions, Chapas told Dermatology Times®.

Other complications could also include seroma formation and nerve damage causing sensory loss. “Additionally, severe cases may involve the breakdown of the skin or even disfigurement,” Chapas added.

Complications may therefore significantly impair patients’ emotional and physical wellbeing as well as quality of life. However, Chapas suggested there is hope when these adverse outcomes are managed promptly after onset. “Many of these complications, when treated early and appropriately, can avoid long-term damage and disfigurement,” she said.

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