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Most Minor Cosmetic Procedures Safe When Done by Experts

Fillers, neurotoxin injections, and lasers have low complication rates, researchers say

FRIDAY, Nov. 7, 2014 (HealthDay News) -- Noninvasive to minimally invasive cosmetic procedures are nearly risk-free when performed by dermatologists at practices focused on cosmetic dermatology, according to a study published online Nov. 5 in JAMA Dermatology.

Researchers examined the results of 20,399 of these procedures -- such as fillers, neurotoxins, and the use of laser and energy devices -- performed by 23 dermatologists at eight centers focused on cosmetic dermatology across the United States.

Forty-eight adverse events were reported, which translated into a rate of 0.24 percent. Overall, 36 procedures resulted in at least one adverse event, a rate of 0.18 percent. The researchers found no major complications.

"The message for patients is that if you are thinking of getting one of these procedures, you are not indulging in something drastic or high-risk," study leader Murad Alam, M.D., a professor of dermatology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, said in a university news release. "The take home is these procedures are very safe and can be mixed and matched to give the individual a significant cosmetic benefit, rather than getting one big cosmetic procedure that might be risky."

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