WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- A middle-aged woman in New York who got a “liquid nose job” suffered from a rare eye complication due to the procedure.
- Particles from the injection caused her “excruciating” pain and blockages that caused partial blindness.
- These cases rarely ever happen, still, one should be very picky when choosing their provider for facial filler injection.
You don’t have to go under the knife for certain cosmetic procedures, but there are still risks. One 41-year-old woman underwent a “liquid nose job”- a procedure that involves the injection of facial fillers to alter the appearance of the nose, and the result was a nightmare.
The procedure had complications when the injection of the filler (calcium hydroxyapatite) caused her to feel “excruciating” pain in her left eye and some loss of vision as well. The report published May 23 in the journal JAMA Ophthalmology states that the symptoms persisted for two weeks.
She sought out a second opinion about her eye condition when eye drops and prescribed medication to increase blood flow to the eye didn’t help with the pain.
Dr. Lediana Goduni, co-author of the report and ophthalmology resident at New York University School of Medicine, said though the patient still had 20/20 vision, there was loss in the “visual field” of the left eye. High-resolution imaging, optical coherence tomography, revealed that infarctions (blockages) had formed in the woman’s choroid, a layer of blood vessels under the retina of the eye.
It appeared that the injected filler particles caused the blockage when they traveled to areas connected to the blood vessels of the eye. Goduni said this could be the result of the filler injection needle penetrating a major blood vessel of the face.
Though eye complications from facial injections are very rare according to Goduni, they can be “very serious” when they do happen. There is no known treatment for the condition. The best thing to do for people looking to get a facial filler injection is choosing their provider carefully.
Source: Live Science