Dr. Mehmet Oz discussed the dangers of walk-in cosmetic procedures done at medical spas and examined the health risks of fast food addiction on the Sept. 26 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
Dr. Oz said “medi-spas,” which are walk-in clinics that combine the services of a spa and a medical clinic, are increasingly popular.
Women like the convenience and lower cost, but a dangerous downside of these medi-spas is the lack of regulation, which has resulted in severe injuries and even death. Dr. Oz sent investigative reporter Elizabeth Leamy undercover to six Virginia medi-spas and found that none had a doctor on scene most of the time.
Any doctors that were affiliated with these clinics only came in for limited hours once a week (if that) and weren’t specialized in cosmetic procedures. Moreover, most doctors just rent their names out while minimally trained staff perform sensitive laser and injection procedures on unsuspecting patients.
Leamy spoke to a number of women who suffered terrible injuries. One was a woman who was severely burned and suffered nerve damage after getting a botched laser facial. Another ended up with dark spots all over her face after initially going in to remove a few spots.
There have also been deaths in Washington, North Carolina, Maryland and Florida. As a result of soaring injuries and increasing deaths, states have begun to tighten regulations at these medi-spas, the Wall Street Journal reported.
3 Cosmetic Procedures You Should Never Get Done at a Medi-Spa
Dr. Oz’s guests were plastic surgeons Dr. Terry Dubrow and Dr. Paul Nassif, who star on the E! reality show, “Botched,” where each week they fix horrifically botched plastic surgeries.
Dubrow appears with his wife, Heather Dubrow, on the “Real Housewives of Orange County,” while Nassif previously appeared on the Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with ex-wife Adrienne Maloof.
Dr. Nassif said he sees five to 10 patients every month who suffer botched cosmetic surgeries at medi-spas. Nassif and Dubrow both said there are three cosmetic procedures you should never get done at a medi-spa: Botox, fillers and laser treatments.
These treatments should only be done by a board-certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist, they said. Otherwise, you risk suffering severe burns, scarring, permanently droopy eyelids from Botox, or even blindness from botched fillers.
Fast Food Addiction Clogs Arteries
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz examined the dangers of fast food addiction. His guest was a young woman named Brittany, who eats fast food at every meal, including onion rings, burgers and french fries.
Brittany admitted she has a severe addiction to fast food. At 28, she already has high blood pressure and said she can’t stop even though her grandfather had a heart attack, her dad has high blood pressure and her mother takes four different drugs to treat her hypertension.
While fast food addiction might sound like a fake condition, scientists say constantly eating fast food triggers a chemical addiction, which fuels an even greater urge to keep eating it. Dr. Oz said Brittany could get heart disease, clogged arteries and suffer a heart attack if she keeps this up.
However, she agreed to cut back and change her diet with Oz’s help. Perhaps Brittany will return on a future show to report her progress.