Better Health: Smart Health Commentary Better Health (TM): smart health commentary

Article Comments (2)

DIY Plastic Surgery Is Becoming Popular: Is It Ever A Good Idea?

It seems that DIY plastic surgery as a theme is becoming popular. A month or so ago I was contacted by a producer in the UK about submitting images of some DIY plastic surgery types who found their way into my office. Assuming, like much of my mainstream entertainment bits, that they don’t end up on the cutting room floor, they should be featured in a show sometime in the future.

Now the OC Register’s “In Your Face” blog is reporting on some new reality television shows looking for some fresh DIY plastic surgery talent…meaning you. A pretty scary post for Halloween.

This topic begs the question (scariness aside) as to whether or not there is ever any safe DIY plastic surgery?

The answer, of course, is conditional like most things in life: :)

(1) Who is doing the plastic surgery?

(2) What exactly is that plastic surgery?

Some of you have seen my little Dr. D photo bits here on the blog in which small portions of my skin are peeling off. Well I obviously gave myself a little chemical peel. That is DIY plastic surgery. Then again I am a plastic surgeon and I am keeping it small in scale. I am also well aware of the up and the down of what I am doing and am using top notch materials obtained by legitimate suppliers. Only the best for me and the family. :)

Can the people doing this on YouTube say the same?

P.S. I also do my own Botulinum toxin injections…they really don’t hurt much.

*This blog post was originally published at Truth in Cosmetic Surgery*


You may also like these posts

Read comments »


2 Responses to “DIY Plastic Surgery Is Becoming Popular: Is It Ever A Good Idea?”

  1. Chuck says:

    DIY plastic surgery seems to end up in a horror story more often than not. The margin for error is huge.. the list in my head of things that can go wrong is accumulating so fast I’m not going to bother trying to write them down! Topical peels.. ok – maybe that can be self-administered. But anything past that and I’ll be making an appointment with a board-certified professional.

  2. San Diego Cosmetic Surgeon says:

    Some simple procedures could possibly be a DIY plastic surgery IF you are a professional plastic surgeon. I think the most common DIY treatment is skin whitening. Most people just buy over the counter chemicals that they try on their skin that sometimes causes redness and soreness. It is still better to consult a professional first before applying anything to your skin.

Return to article »

Latest Interviews

IDEA Labs: Medical Students Take The Lead In Healthcare Innovation

It’s no secret that doctors are disappointed with the way that the U.S. healthcare system is evolving. Most feel helpless about improving their work conditions or solving technical problems in patient care. Fortunately one young medical student was undeterred by the mountain of disappointment carried by his senior clinician mentors…

Read more »

How To Be A Successful Patient: Young Doctors Offer Some Advice

I am proud to be a part of the American Resident Project an initiative that promotes the writing of medical students residents and new physicians as they explore ideas for transforming American health care delivery. I recently had the opportunity to interview three of the writing fellows about how to…

Read more »

See all interviews »

Latest Cartoon

See all cartoons »

Latest Book Reviews

Book Review: Is Empathy Learned By Faking It Till It’s Real?

I m often asked to do book reviews on my blog and I rarely agree to them. This is because it takes me a long time to read a book and then if I don t enjoy it I figure the author would rather me remain silent than publish my…

Read more »

The Spirit Of The Place: Samuel Shem’s New Book May Depress You

When I was in medical school I read Samuel Shem s House Of God as a right of passage. At the time I found it to be a cynical yet eerily accurate portrayal of the underbelly of academic medicine. I gained comfort from its gallows humor and it made me…

Read more »

Eat To Save Your Life: Another Half-True Diet Book

I am hesitant to review diet books because they are so often a tangled mess of fact and fiction. Teasing out their truth from falsehood is about as exhausting as delousing a long-haired elementary school student. However after being approached by the authors’ PR agency with the promise of a…

Read more »

See all book reviews »