Those considering getting cosmetic fillers need to be careful, Australia’s plastic surgeons body has warned. Studies show there is a “small, but significant risk” of instant and irreversible blindness.
The warning comes as a study published in July’s issue of the Journal of The American Society of Plastic Surgeons confirms exactly how a mistake by the injector can lead to the patient becoming permanently blind in the affected eye.
Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons president Professor Mark Ashton tells Mamamia that consumers needed to be wary as worldwide there have been more than 100 cases of patients going blind.
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“People need to know there are risks involved… and in a small, but significant proportion of people that risk results in blindness which is instantaneous and permanent.”
A 2015 study examined the complication and this recent study shed further light on just how it happens.
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.
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 a terrifying fact, but Dr Ashton explains it isn’t a common complication and the risk could be minimised by customers ensuring they are receiving the injections from properly trained professionals.