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Beauty may be only skin-deep, but dangers associated with some beauty procedures can cause damage to the core.

Dying to Be Beautiful


Moreover, experts say you may run into other serious problems if you decide to reverse your color choice via standard laser tattoo removal.

"There are certain dyes used in permanent makeup that, when exposed to a laser for removal, will turn the area injected with the dye permanently black, requiring a complex surgery to fix it," says dermatologist Sumayah Jamal, MD, PhD, assistant professor of dermatology and microbiology at NYU Medical Center in New York City.

Facing Facts

When it comes to the pursuit of youth, perhaps nothing has garnered more attention than "injectables" -- treatments like Botox, Restalyne, and silicone, which have successfully filled wrinkles and relaxed brows for millions of men and women.

However, the American Society of Dermatologic Surgeons (ASDS) recently issued a stern consumer warning when several reports surfaced about complications linked to non-FDA approved injectables.

In one instance a California women died following treatment with a non-FDA approved wrinkle filler administered by an unlicensed practitioner. In another, a "bootleg" version of Botox caused four Florida patients to become paralyzed, with one now living on a ventilator.

Dermatologist Rhoda Narins, MD, says she's not surprised by what happened.

"When you get a treatment with a non-FDA product there is no regulation on how it is made – or how it's used. Right now I am treating a person who went to a hotel room where a woman injected a non-FDA wrinkle filler and now one side of her head is as hard as a rock and she has a tennis-ball size enlargement of her left eyebrow," says Narins, the immediate past president of the ASDS.

But it's not just antiaging treatments that carry risks. Dermatologist Robin Ashinoff, MD, says that in the wrong hands, even a simple spa procedure like hair waxing can lead to serious complications.

"If you are taking the acneacnemedicationAccutane, and if the tech does not take precautions, your skin could come off right along with the hair being removed," says Ashinoff, medical director of Dermatologic, Mohs and Laser Surgery at Hackensack University Medical Center in New Jersey.

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