5 Risky Beauty Treatments and Procedures

In Beauty by Wendy Michaels , on Thursday, March 01, 2012, 12:56 PM (PST)
Botox can be dangerous


Deadly Beauty Treatments: 5 To Be Careful Of

Being vain has its drawbacks, as not every beauty treatment and procedure is 100% safe.

Mother Nature Network has this rundown of the five most deadly beauty treatments to watch out for.

Be aware that most of these can be performed safely by doctors or licensed technicians, but there is an element of risk involved.

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Manicures and Pedicures

True story -- I've never had a pedicure and only had a manicure once, for my wedding. It sort of eeks me out, to be honest, and reports of bacterial and fungal infections do nothing to get me in a nail salon any quicker.

Always check for salon cleanliness before getting a mani or pedi and review these safety guidelines. If you suspect an infection, get to a doctor immediately.

Brazilian Blowout

Women looking for that sleek and shiny look may pay a price (well, in addition to the high cost of the procedure) with the Brazilian Blowout straightening products, which contain "dangerously high levels" of formaldehyde, according to the FDA. It's totally not worth it, especially when you consider that some receiving the procedure have reported headaches, nosebleeds, vomiting, chest pain, breathing problems and other ill effects.

Botox Injections

This feels like a no brainer -- injecting a toxin that can cause botulism has never felt like the best idea. Even if it does get rid of those wrinkles, in most cases, the recipients of Botox injections look entirely "off."

MNN reports, "Botox can spread to other parts of the body after injection, causing serious side effects; however, the chance of this occurring when the drug is used for cosmetic purposes is extremely unlikely."

You should be safe if you are getting injections from a qualified person and they use real Botox from Allergan.

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Tanning Beds

Stay clear of the tanning beds, as studies have shown that skin cancer risk increases by 75% for those people who start using them before age 30. Is golden skin really worth it?

Laser Hair Removal

This surprised me -- after all, lasers always seem like a pretty safe bet, right? Some side effects of the treatment can include bacterial infections and skin damage, but the risk here is in the products used before the procedure that numb the skin. Talk to a doctor and check the FDA safety guidelines before using a topical anesthetic.


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