The latest data from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons (ASPS) says that more than 15.9 million “surgical and minimally invasive cosmetic procedures” were performed in 2015, up two per cent from the previous year. (Neither Health Canada nor The Canadian Society of Plastic Surgeons compile statistical data on plastic surgery and cosmetic procedures in Canada at this time.)

And the overall number of procedures has risen an estimated 115 per cent in the past decade. That’s a lot of alterations.

That mass acceptance — and participation — has prompted an overabundance of salons, medical spas and the like offering services such as dermal fillers, Botox injections and microblading (eyebrow tattooing).

So we know they’re popular, but are they safe?

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