First large-scale study confirms safety of procedures involving fillers, Botox, and lasers. The common perception of non-surgical cosmetic procedures as extremely safe has now been scientifically confirmed by the first large-scale study on the subject.
The study, which was recently published in JAMA Dermatology, analyzed over 20,000 procedures performed by 23 board-certified cosmetic surgeons and dermatologists across the country. The data showed that treatments like fillers, Botox, and laser therapies were very effective at decreasing the visible signs of facial aging, while causing side effects in less than 1 percent of patients. These side effects were typically very minor, including symptoms like bruising, redness, swelling, bumpiness, or skin darkening that almost always resolved quickly on their own.
When the data was split out by type of procedure, it was found that while still very low, the adverse side effect rates for fillers were slightly higher than the rates for Botox or lasers. This is to be expected, as fillers are a more invasive treatment and the more invasive the treatment the higher the risk.
Based on this data, the lead author of the study, Dr. Murad Alam of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, concluded that minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are exceedingly safe. In comments about the study, he suggested that a combination of these procedures could be used to achieve significant cosmetic benefit akin to the result of a one big surgical procedure, with much lower risk.
The reason this study is significant is that it was the first large-scale, non-retrospective study, which makes it much more accurate and reliable than past studies. Typically, past studies were small in scale and plagued with inaccuracies due to the data collection method. These old studies were based on one physician reviewing his or her own data from the past one or two years. This led to underreporting of adverse side effects because the passage of time between the procedure and reporting the data can cause physicians to forget details not present on the patient’s chart.
In this study, on the other hand, physicians entered data on procedures and outcomes into a central database each day, which resulted in much more accurate data.
If you are interested in taking advantage of one of these minimally invasive cosmetic procedures to reduce the appearance of wrinkles or restore a youthful fullness to your face, please contact Mira Aesthetic Medical Center. We’ll be happy to schedule a consultation with Dr. Mirrafati to discuss your beauty goals and options.