This story is some form of serious warning to those who engage in various forms of cosmetic society today.
There’s been a sharp rise in the number of patients suffering complications after having botched fillers, prompting calls for better regulation, Professor Ash Mosahebi told The Sun Online.
The consultant plastic surgeon at the Royal Free Hospital in London, said: “A filler is like injecting a paste.
“And if that paste somehow goes into the blood vessel that connects to the retina at the back of the eye – which is where you see the world through – it can lead to blindness.
“It is unusual, uncommon and unlucky, but if it is not done carefully it can happen.”
Prof Mosahebi, who has 20 years of experience in his field, admitted he prefers not to inject fillers around the eye due to the potential risks involved.
And he warned fillers can be bought over the counter and injected by unqualified practitioners or even people at home.
He added: “I have seen horrendous infections in the face where patients have ended up in [intensive care] with a life-threatening infection.
“If it is not done in a proper way, in a clean environment, it causes infection.
“I haven’t, thankfully, seen a case [where someone has lost their sight] but I have read about it.
“We are seeing complications more and more because [fillers] are getting more popular.”
Dermal fillers are injections used to fill out wrinkles and to plump up the volume of the lips and cheeks.
They contain a variety of ingredients such as collagen and hyaluronic acid, a substance that occurs naturally in humans to help keep certain body parts such as they eyes and skin hydrated.
These fillers can have a temporary or permanent effect.
A new study from South Korea, published this week, examined the cases of nine patients around the world who suffered vision loss after having fillers injected.
The study, published in the Journal of the American Society of Plastic Surgeons, said: “All nine patients were female, ranging in age from 26 to 45 years and in all cases hyaluronic acid fillers were injected by doctors, including board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists.
“Improvement of visual acuity [clarity] in patients with vascular occlusion [blood clots] after filler injection is extremely rare, and there has been no total recovery of vision after initial injury.”
Last year the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons’ (BAAPS) revealed 90 per cent of plastic surgeons recorded a rise in the number of patients being dangerously misinformed about cosmetic surgery.
The survey of the BAAPS council also found that two in five surgeons have seen problems with unregulated dermal fillers over the last three years.
But they believe the problems, which include swelling, infection and skin irritation could be avoided if such treatments were properly regulated.
BAAPS has led calls for all dermal fillers to be classified as prescription-only medicine that could only be injected by a registered doctor.
Mum-of-two Mary Catchpole, 46, decided to get hyaluronic acid cosmetic fillers between her eyebrows, around her eyes and in her cheeks two weeks before her wedding in August 2011.
Mary, from Romford in Essex, spent £600 hoping it would boost her looks ahead of her special day.
But what happened afterwards was a far cry from a fairytale wedding her and husband Chris had hoped for.
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