People Injecting Fillers into Their Own Faces?

– We are in the midst of a
cosmetic treatment revolution. In fact, nearly 16
million people in the U.S. got a minimally invasive
cosmetic procedure performed in 2018. But how far would you
go for a smoother face or plumper lips? Our investigate producer
Leslie Marcus reports on how people are taking
matters and needles into their own hands. – The internet is ripe
with online tutorials where you can learn just about anything. But here’s a new trend. People are DIY-ing their own
invasive cosmetic procedures. And they’re using doctors’ training videos to find out the techniques. People are going to foreign
websites that will ship everything you need to do these procedures in the comfort of your own home. Including centrifuges
to spin your own blood and do blood facials,
Botox, fillers, lasers. They’re non FDA approved and they could actually be counterfeit. You might think that
this is just a few people on the fringes that are performing these procedures on themselves, but it’s thousands of people. Here’s a private Facebook
group with members that are sharing tips and
techniques on how to inject their own faces, perform their own lasers, and do their own blood facials. And they’re rooting each other on. In an age where beauty is paramount, is this really as far as
people are willing to go? (crowd gasps) – Leslie, thank you for joining us. – Leslie, our investigative producer is revealing more craziness. So talk to us about
some of the revelations from this investigation. – Well, first off I wanna
say that I definitely understand the allure of this
DIY cosmetic procedure trend. Many years ago before I worked here, I actually experienced this as well. Good friend of mine worked
at a doctor’s office, brought home a chemical
peek kit, medical grade. It’s like super easy, just mix
it up, put it on your face. I did and I severely burned my skin. I didn’t think it was ever gonna heal and I would say that
the biggest change today is the ease of accessibility
of these products. It is so pervasive online. These companies are
marketing from overseas, fillers, Botox type
compounds, all sorts of stuff, and they’re doing it even on Facebook which really blew my
mind so these companies are offering gift cards to customers. They’re using promo codes
for U.S. holidays right? So you know that they’re
marketing to people in the U.S. These non FDA approved products and you even have
influencers that are showing their product hauls from these websites of non FDA approved products. So you know they’re not being marketed to medical professionals. – When Dr. Ordon or I
or any physician, nurse, physician assistant who’s
licensed is buying these products. Botulinum toxin, filler, we
have to have medical licenses. I’ve been practicing for 15 years as a specialist in dermatology. When Allergan, the maker
of Botox and many fillers, introduced a new filler,
for me to place an order for their new filler, I had to actually do additional training. So the irony is you
have all these websites selling things that are not FDA approved. That are from abroad and someone without any medical training
whatsoever can just go online and buy it, so that’s
the critical difference.

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