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Consumer Alert: Illegal Silicone Injections Result in Death
Date:4/13/2009

re than 4 million reported(1), legal cosmetic injections are administered annually by licensed, properly trained and board-certified specialists in the fields of plastic surgery, facial plastic surgery, oculoplastic surgery and dermatology. "A woman's desire to want to improve her appearance is something she can safely address with cosmetic injections, performed in a medical setting by a properly trained and certified specialist" said Dr. Casas. "Clearly, the popularity of legal injections is growing, as they have a proven track record of safety and patient satisfaction."

A New England Journal of Medicine article in January, 2006 suggested the risks of silicone pneumonitis and respiratory failure in patients injected with illicit silicone and cautioned that "silicone injections for cosmetic purposes should be considered a high-risk procedure." (2)

"The message here is strong and clear; you must not accept an injection offered in a non-medical setting such as someone's home, a salon, bodega, or bar by a self-proclaimed provider. You must seek out a qualified doctor," said Dr. Saltz. "You must ask this doctor specifically the name of the brand of injection that is recommended for you and the FDA approval in the US of this brand. For your beauty and your safety, and clearly in this case, your life, you must accept nothing less than a qualified doctor and an approved brand." There is no such thing as generic injectables, nor should you accept an injection by a generic name, ask specifically for the brand name.

The Coalition offers consumers extensive, easy to use resources including a cosmetic injection planner with all the questions you must ask your provider at www.injectablesafety.org. In addition, an up-to-date listing of the status of investigational and approved cosmetic injection drugs
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