Patient (Dr. Teresa Yagi ) was burned during a cosmetic laser treatment. She thought it would be no big deal and admits that she didn’t do her homework on this. She wound up with burns on her face and her hands. Another patient had lipo and experienced a side-effects of the lipo – a blood clot. When she went in for a consult she was told that it would be a simple procedure and that the way that they do the procedure there would be less risk than done the normal way.
The web site for Sono Bello and the promotional materials, said “We have ruled out the major risks and complications that existed with traditional liposuction by introducing the use of micro instruments and laser assistance! Many patients feel so good they resume normal activities the next day.”
Salon surgery is often presented to patients as if it has little or no risk. Photofacial is a low impact light treatment that is presented similarly. As we see here any procedure has risk and when it is presented to you as if it has none, you should be suspicious. The individual performing the procedure can make a difference as well. It is unfortunate that people tend to believe the line of crap they almost invariably receive from these places. In salon surgery we see time and time again it is truly Caveat emptor.