DIY plastic surgery: Think again!

MIAMI, Fla. - A nip here and a tuck there. Plastic surgery techniques have never been better at turning back the clock. But many of those procedures are expensive. More than 13 billion dollars was spent on cosmetic procedures last year alone. Now doctors are seeing some disturbing trends as more people look to cut corners with sometimes dangerous results. 

Tracie Samara’s nightmare innocently started eleven years ago.

“At 44, I wanted to get back into modeling.” Samara started.

An ad in the paper about a contest that offered free non-invasive facial rejuvenation and Samara jumped at it.

“It took me a while to realize something very wrong was going on.” Samara continued.

She says she was bruised, swollen and nearly blinded by the injection around her eyes. A facial plastic surgeon says Samara’s story is all too common.

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Cosmetic Ophthalmic and Facial Plastic Surgeon John J. Martin, JR., MD, said “We’re certainly seeing a lot of things that people are injecting or putting into themselves that are not legal and should not be put into your body.” 

Doctor Martin says these “do-it-yourself” videos on YouTube are a disturbing trend.

“They watch a video and it makes it look pretty easy, you just put a little injection in here. How hard could that be?” Dr. Martin explained.

But experts warn permanent disfigurement is a real possibility. 

“So they saved money by doing it themselves and now they're going to have to pay so much more to try and take care of it.” Dr. Martin shared.

Samara had no idea what she had injected into her face.

“You can ask them what are you using? It should come in a box; it should have the name of the product on it.” Dr. Martin advised.

After trying to remove the illegal filler along with radio frequency treatments to create new collagen, Samara finally has hope. 

“I’m starting to come back, and I hope I come back even stronger.” Samara shared with Ivanhoe.

Samara hopes her story will help warn others. Dr. Martin says when it comes to plastic surgery or fillers do your homework. Choose a board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist.

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