Many of us think of facial fillers such as Botox, Juvederm, Sculptra and Radiesse as ‘safe' alternatives to going under the knife. Doctors inject these products into the skin with the goal of replacing lost volume—filling in deep ‘puppet’ lines, under-eye hollows and brow furrows—with no patient downtime required.
Recently, though, the FDA issued a warning to doctors and patients, saying that, injected incorrectly, plumping compounds can cause problems that reach way beyond the cosmetic. When mistakenly injected into blood vessels instead of soft tissue, fillers can damage skin, cause vision problems, and even worse, cause the patient to have a stroke.
Results of the study show that accidental injections of facial filler into blood vessel would most likely occur between the eyebrows and nose, in and around the nose, on the forehead and around the eyes.
This news should serve as a reminder for all to only visit board-certified plastic surgeons and dermatologists, who are well aware of these risks and know how to avoid them. Have you or anyone you know suffered a complication from facial fillers?