Cheap skin treatments and what to watch out for

Dear Dr. Irwin, I am a 59 year old lady. Two years ago I had hooded eyes and my field of vision was restricted. My optician recommended to me to have a blepharoplasty. I had a consultation with an expert in peri-orbital surgery. She told me I was suitable both for surgical and not surgical (plexr) blepharoplasty. Since I was a bit afraid of going under a knife intervention I have opted for the last one. I had three treatments with her and they went well. Afterwards I could see much better. My skin went back to normal after two or three weeks after each treatment. Even though, from an aesthetic point of view I could have done with a lot of improvement. A year ago, I saw an advertisement for the same treatment for a quarter part of what it cost it to me before. I knew the lady who was going to perform it was not a doctor, only a beauty therapist, but that did not bother me. I thought this was an easy treatment to perform which could not carry any complications. Since I was quite satisfied with the previous results, I was so stupid to book an appointment for it. This time it was not medical reasons, only vanity, so I asked the therapist to treat my jowls also. Two months after of the plexr treatment my skin is still, pink, tender and damaged. I follow all the instructions of the aftercare recommended: I did not pick any crusting. I maintained the treated area clean and dry. I use total sun block and Oxiganating foundation everyday. Apart from that: I avoid to apply any acid or vitamin C serums or creams to my face, I avoid peelings, exfoliations, saunas, sun, name it… I use Cicaplast Bio Oil, other oils with vitamin E, Modulating Glucosides from Niod... I have started last week to use Dermolux I really don’t know what else I can do to regenerate my skin and I am worrying because I’m going on holiday soon and it is very difficult to avoid the sun even if I use sunblock and sunglasses all the time. Thanks in advance

Ok, I totally see your logic here, and am sad that this happened. You already know part of what I’m going to say. Which is never, ever skimp and go cheap for treatments that could affect your skin permanently, and this includes peels. See the last part of this for specifics on your questions above.

Dr. Irwin and team’s 5 commandments for deciding on skincare treatments:

  1. Find the best people/clinics in your area or close. Travel, if you need to, for excellence.
  2. Cheap is bad. There’s always a reason and it’s not a good reason.
  3. Check credentials. Is that “board certified” skin care expert really board certified in anesthesiology or family practice? Then you’re not getting what you pay for. Lately we’ve been seeing PhDs in nursing representing themselves as doctors. They have a doctorate in nursing, but they are not medical doctors (MDs).
  4. Same day sales pressure… run out the door. You have a right to be, and need to be educated and informed.
  5. Pick clinics with the doctor on site 2-3 days a week at least. Many med spas have a “medical director” who is literally never there, or there once a month. You want someone who knows how to fix complications, if you have one.

Ideas to help you!

There are a lot of different things in this type of situation that may be delaying healing. You need some help!

  • Can you see a dermatologist in your area and be completely honest about what happened like you were above?
  • You can go to the company site and see who they recommend for this procedure in your area.  They may be able to help.
  • Is there a major or university medical center nearby by where they have a great dermatology clinic?
  • Could you schedule a visit with the doctor who performed your blepharoplasty? She might have ideas for you.
  • The web, in my opinion, is NOT a good resource for this kind of problem.
Hope this helps,
Dr. Brandith Irwin
Founder, SkinTour
Director, Madison Skin & Laser Center
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