A botched facelift using stem cell injections has left a Californian woman with bones growing in her eyes.
The woman, who is in her sixties, is thought to have paid $20,000 for the procedure at a Beverly Hills clinic. A report in Scientific American suggests that three months later she found herself still in pain and also noticing that her right eye was clicking.
When the problem persisted she decided to visit the cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Allan Wu, to whom she explained that she couldn’t open her right eye without experiencing considerable pain. Also, when she forced it open, she heard a strange clicking sound.
Wu, who works for The Morrow Institute in California, told the magazine that he believed the patient was exaggerating when he first heard her complaint.
But he then partook in a six-hour surgery, and found small chunks of bone from her eyelid and surrounding areas. This confirmed that the clicks the woman had heard were actually the bone particles grinding together.
It is thought that the stem cells reacted with a common dermal filler that contains calcium. Dr. Wu also went on to state that he believes the woman’s original surgeon used dermal filler, which possesses calcium hydroxylapatite, a mineral that is thought to encourage stem cells to turn into bone.
Wu was able to remove the bone from her eye, but hasn’t guaranteed that more won’t grow in the future. Has this put you off having a facelift? How would you react if you found out that bone was growing in your eye?