County of Los Angeles
Department of Public Health
Acute Communicable Disease Control
313 N. Figueroa Street, #212
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Phone: (213) 240-7941
Fax: (213) 482-4856
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Safety Information for
Aesthetic (Beauty) Treatments
Aesthetic medicine is a term for specialties that focus on improving appearance by treating scars, wrinkles, excess or loose skin, spider veins, skin discoloration, liver spots, unwanted hair, or cellulite. While surgical procedures (cosmetic or plastic surgery) are more regulated, non-surgical procedures or “aesthetic treatments” are not well regulated. The most popular minimally invasive/non-surgical treatments are:
botulinum toxin injections, dermal fillers, chemical peels, laser hair
removal, and microdermabrasion.
When performed correctly, these treatments are considered low risk;
however, when performed incorrectly or by untrained medical
practitioners, these treatments may present a risk for dangerous
side effects, such as disease transmission.
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health encourages those who
receive any treatment to be vigilant and ask their provider about associated risks and safety procedures; however, any treatment that involves needles or other devices
that puncture the skin call for heightened awareness, as unsafe injection practices have been linked to outbreaks of
hepatitis and HIV. Any treatment that punctures the skin should be administered in an appropriate setting using sterile instrument by a
qualified licensed practitioner. For more information:
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