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Dangers of Using Skin Injectables at Home

Dangers of Using Skin Injectables at Home

Looking beautiful and youthful in all walks of life sounds desirable. However, it comes at a price – thousands and thousands of dollars to be precise. Getting under the knife is not unusual nowadays. In fact, it is encouraged in some parts of the world.

In the States, plastic surgery has been a trend for the last few years. Popular culture and reality television celebrities have majorly contributed to this trend. When asked about their beauty secrets, they have often lied about getting any surgery and pushed the narrative of being ‘natural.’

Perhaps they were telling the truth! The revolutionary dermatology injectables are, in some way, reducing the need for permanent surgery.

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Injectable treatments offer temporary facelifts, neck lifts, and more by injecting neurotoxins and fillers into the skin. These treatments help you avoid the recovery time that comes after surgery. The effects of these treatments last about 4-5 months.

According to the US FDA, neurotoxins and fillers have been categorized as prescription medication and medical devices respectively. They are to be sold and handled only by licensed healthcare providers.

These substances are expensive, and unprofessional and unlicensed injectors conducting unethical cosmetic surgeries often illegally source and use them. This can have dire consequences. It is best to avoid them.

With further developments in technology, we have reached another feat. Skin Injectables at home, exactly what the world wants, right? Cheap and convenient DIY fillers.

Skin Injectables allow you to inject fillers and neurotoxins into your skin without the supervision of an expensive doctor.

Doesn’t that sound dangerous? Well, it is extremely hazardous. When injecting yourself with chemicals without the supervision of a profession, you expose yourself to all kinds of dangers.

According to this study, neurotoxins, and filler, although generally safe, can cause vision loss, soft-tissue necrosis, embolization, and anaphylaxis, that too when administered by a licensed professional. When performed by an unqualified individual, it can even lead to death.

Self injectables have been categorized as highly dangerous and should not be used without a professional. Unfortunately, its usage has become popular due to many YouTube tutorials and various other online forums. Many young folks fall prey to this kind of false information.

The pressure of looking perfect and young all the time has led to these unethical inventions and its usage. “Some of the most common complications from unregulated cosmetic products include infection, scars, and swelling, while more severe cases can involve long-term paralysis, Bell’s palsy, blindness, and stroke,” says Dr. Galimberti.

“The problem is two-fold: you’ve got products that can’t be trusted, and you’ve got people injecting them without adequate medical training and experience. To protect your health, you should never get injections in a non-medical setting, such as a party or someone’s home.”

You might want to look like your idols but is it worth risking your life? If you are adamant about using fillers then we suggest that you try the best skincare injectables and treatments at your disposal. It is highly recommended that you seek the help of a board-certified physician.

At the end of the day, it is your body and your choice. What’s important is that you should be aware of all the possible options to choose from, and be wary of the consequences of using skin injectables at home.

Types of Doctors who Remove Skin Cancer

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Primary care physicians catch many early skin cancer growths as they examine patients most often.

Once a mole or other growth on the skin is identified as possibly cancerous, it should be looked at by an expert. Most primary care physicians or general practitioners will refer their patients to a dermatologist from that point.

Which type of doctors can remove skin cancer?

While general practitioners have been known to remove small cancers, a dermatologist is recommended for a full skin exam and removal of precancerous or cancerous growths.

Who treats more advanced or complex cancers?

Advanced cancers are often treated by surgeons or oncologists.

For squamous cell and basal cell skin cancers and melanoma, the doctors can include the following:

Surgical oncologists – diagnose and remove cancer through surgery

Medical oncologists – perform chemotherapy, hormonal therapies, and others

Radiation oncologists – perform radiotherapy for cancer treatment

*For melanoma, many patients seek out Mohs Fellowship Surgeons with specialized training in performing this treatment with precision and leaving the majority of the surrounding area untouched.

What are skin cancer treatment options?

Skin cancer treatment options are vast and vary by the type of skin cancer and stage of cancer.

Here are some options approved by the American Cancer Society:


There are many different types of surgery performed. Usually they can be done in a dermatologist’s office. Depending on the spread or risk of spread, the surgeon may recommend radiation or chemotherapy as additional treatment measures.

Cancer Surgeries

Excision – Cancer is removed with a surgical knife. A scar will likely remain.

Curettage and electrodesiccation – This surgery involves scraping the skin and using a special needle to get rid of any remaining cancer cells.

Skin grafting

Lymph node – Lymph nodes are removed and biopsied.

Mohs surgery

Non-surgical Treatments

Cryotherapy- Cancer is frozen with liquid nitrogen.

Photodynamic therapy – Procedure is used for actinic keratoses primarily.


Immunotherapy – Treatment boosts the body’s immune system.

Be informed. Discuss all treatment options with your dermatologist and learn about the details of each including risks and expected outcomes.

The Skin Cancer Foundation recommends an annual screening for adults be performed by a dermatologist.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with skin cancer or has questions about moles or other growths on the skin, ask your dermatologist or primary care physician if you suspect you or a family member may have skin cancer. A full body skin exam is the best option for a thorough review of your skin’s condition. This exam should be performed by a Board-certified dermatologist. At Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology, we not only have Board-Certified dermatologists, we also have several Mohs fellows who have received advance training and experience with the procedure.  Each of our dermatology site locations is accepting new appointments and can perform a thorough skin evaluation. Please call for details.

Study Finds Link Between Skin Conditions and Diabetes

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The American Academy of Dermatology Association has found a correlation between several types of skin disorders and type 1 and type 2 diabetes.

Why does it matter if certain skin disorders are prevalent in people with diabetes?

The reason it matters is that your dermatologist may be able to help you or a family member get a diabetes test to determine if you have diabetes that is undiagnosed or pre-diabetes. Catching diabetes early can help you identify a treatment plan early to control it and prevent serious resulting damage to organs and lower mortality rates.

A 2016 an international study found certain skin conditions to be present in 51% or more of those diagnosed with diabetes.[1]

Ten Skin Conditions which Could Be Linked to Diabetes

  • Necrobiosis Lipoidica: This condition manifests with yellow, red or brown patches on the skin resulting in swelling and a skin hardening.
  • Acanthosis Nigricans – This skin condition presents with a dark brown or black pigmentation usually found on the neck area.
  • Skin Infections – Skin infections are common in people diagnosed with diabetes. Such infections are often fungal; they can also be bacterial (such as styes or nail infections)
  • Granuloma Annulare – This condition shows up as red or flesh-colored bumps on top of the outer later of skin. Sometimes the bumps will go away and return. That could be a sign of diabetes.
  • Skin TagsWhile skin tags are common and generally harmless, the presence of multiple tags can be a warning sign of excessive insulin related to type two diabetes.
  • Diabetic Dermopathy – This condition presents as light brown or slightly reddish lines or spots usually found on the shins and often referred to as shin spots.
  • Rubeosis Faciei – This skin condition is common in diabetic patients and presents as reddening of the face, often seen as red patches.
  • Pruritus – The simple term for this condition is itchy skin.
  • Scleroderma Diabetcorum – Skin condition that is commonly seen with those who have type 2 diabetes. It presents as a thickening of the skin on the back portion of the neck, shoulders, arms, and the upper part of the back. It may be accompanied by lesion that appear red in color.
  • Bullosis Diabeticorumas – This skin disease is uncommon. It is often referred to as the Bullous Disease of diabetes. It is strongly tied to diabetes, more often occurring in patients who have had diabetes for a length of time. It shows up as blisters that are often not symmetrical on the lower extremities such as the feet and toes.

If you are diagnosed with one of the conditions above by your dermatologist, a glucose test for diabetes may be recommended.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with one of the skin conditions listed here, ask your dermatologist or primary care physician whether a diabetes test is warranted at this time. If you are concerned about symptoms appearing on your skin, make an appointment with one of our Board-certified dermatologists at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our dermatology site locations is accepting new appointments and can perform a thorough skin evaluation. Please call for details.

[1]  de Macedo GMC, Nunes S, Barreto T. Skin disorders in diabetes mellitus: an epidemiology and physiopathology review. Diabetology & Metabolic Syndrome. 2016;8: Article Number 63 doi: 10.1186/s13098-016-0176-y

Managing Lupus Skin Conditions

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How to Manage Lupus Flares

Lupus is an autoimmune disease with an extensive list of symptoms. The disease commonly affects the skin with rashes, inflammation, or lesions, and often increases sensitivity to sunlight and harmful ultraviolet rays. It can affect other tissues and organs including the nervous system, kidneys and lungs.

From a dermatology perspective the following are skin problems associated with Lupus:

Skin Lesions – Several types can result from different types and different stages of the disease.

Changes to Fingernails or Toenails – Nails may show redness or red spots, irritation and swelling below the cuticle or other areas.

Sunlight Sensitivity – The skin may be prone to sunburn and extremely sensitive to UV light, resulting in risk of sunburn or rashes. Dermatologists recommend staying out of the sun and wearing a broad-spectrum sunscreen of SPF 70 for lupus patients.

Flare-ups on Scalp – Hair loss may result. The hair loss may be reversed following the flare-up.

Rashes and Skin Irritation – A wide variety of skin conditions and irritations may result. They usually present themselves on the parts of the body exposed to the sun, such as the face and neck area, or arms and legs. The butterfly rash across the face is common in lupus patients.

How is Lupus treated?

Lupus is often treated with a medication known as Hydroxychloroquine, an immune-suppressive drug that is also used to treat malaria. When COVID-19 first came on the scene, it was often prescribed for patients, reducing the supply for those afflicted by lupus. Since then, the FDA has warned against its use in fighting COVID-19, which was good news for Lupus patients.

For skin problems, dermatologists often will treat the symptom with ointment or salves and medications.

While treatment is paramount in controlling lupus, there are factors within the patient’s control to reduce outbreaks.

How to Manage Lupus Skin Effects

  1. Reduce Exposure to Sun and Indoor Tanning
  2. Manage Stress – This involves raising the level of self-care, exercise, managing work/life balance, and other strategies. Therapy and counseling may also be helpful to lupus patients.
  3. Check in with Medical Professionals – When it comes to your skin, let your dermatologist know when any condition changes in your skin. Telehealth is sometimes an option for fast service.
  4. Avoid Risks of Contracting Viruses and Bacterial Infections – Stay safe and distance yourself from crowds and those who may be ill. Having an autoimmune disease places you in a higher risk category for complications from other illnesses and possibly longer recovery times. Keep a social distance from others and when indoors, consider using face masks.

If you or a family member has been diagnosed with lupus and are experiencing rashes, lesions or other skin conditions related to the disease, make an appointment with a dermatologist at Suncoast Skin Solutions, Florida’s Most Trusted Dermatology. Each of our office locations has a dermatologist on site to evaluate your skin and perform an exam. Please call for details.