Beauty Made To Order
If we truly know and accept that physical beauty is
superficial and not as important as a person’s intellectual, emotional and
spiritual qualities, then why is the cosmetic industry a multi-billion
People of all ages -- preteens to geriatrics -- are consumed
with smoothing out wrinkles and acquiring eyes, lips and other features similar
to famed actors and entertainers. Major and minor surgeries are being performed
at enormous cost in the quest for breath-taking beauty. Even the disclaimers of
operative risks and complications are not a deterrent.
You would think with all of the heightened media blitz’s
about cosmetic-related bacterial infections and their resistance to antibiotics
that there would be a marked reduction in procedures, but this is not the case
according to the healthcare media.
Newest Alert: Facial Fillers & Infections
Just last week, the newest health alert was directed to the
customers who walk into salons right off the street to have fillers injected
into the face to either smooth out wrinkles or to puff up their lips. The
results to this procedure are that emergency rooms and dermatologists are being
visited by an increased number of patients with adverse side effects that will not
heal. The complication, it seems, is caused by bacterial infections. These
unwanted infections ultimately lead to gross lumps and lesions. It is believed
that the unattractive facial lumps are due to skin bacteria being injected into
the skin when it is punctured with the needle.
The collaborative efforts of the CDC, laboratories
professionals and public health entities are doing their job to educate the
consumer by informing them that pre-health assessment along with good hygiene before,
during and after all cosmetic procedures at a reputable business are very
important. But a stern warning is also given in that even these steps are not a
guarantee for avoiding cosmetic infections.