A UK doctor has shown us what happens when cosmetic injections go wrong in a gruesome video that rivals Dr Pimple Popper’s for gore.
Dr Tijion Esho, of UK TV show Body Fixers fame, posted a video to Instagram of him popping a woman’s lip cyst with a needle and squeezing it.
What oozes out is not the regular yellow-white shade of puss, but a clear liquid.
"There is no infection here as there is no puss, inflammation or foreign body reaction," Dr Esho explains in a comment on the video, which has been viewed more than 4000 times.
"This is a superficial deposit caused by poor product placement. If the cyst is left for too long it calcifies and a puss like substance is produced during the draining process."
Yep, thanks to a medical professional's poor technique the patient was left with a hard white cyst of calcified filler - most likely either hyaluronic acid or collagen.
Believe it or not, however, this isn't the worst thing that can happen to you if the injector doesn't use the proper technique when performing the cosmetic procedure.
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons president Professor Mark Ashton warned that studies show there is a “small, but significant risk” of instant and irreversible blindness when it comes to cosmetic fillers.
Dr Ashton told Mamamia that consumers needed to be wary as worldwide there have been more than 100 cases of patients going blind.
Dr Ashton explains that if the person performing the injection accidentally injected the filler into a facial artery, the filler could then flow through straight to the eye and block blood supply to the retina – causing it to die.
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The result is permanent blindness in whichever eye is affected, which in some cases, was both. There are no recorded cases of it being reversed, Dr Ashton says.
It's scary stuff - but the key is to ask the medical professional you're seeing to explain how their technique is going to minimise the risk.
"If you go to a clinic and you can't see evidence of appropriate and significant training or if they're not able to explain to you about the vascular anatomy of the face and how they're going to prevent the filler complication... then I certainly wouldn't risk having fillers in that facility."