Wrinkles: Dermal Fillers Can Cause Blue Skin And Blindness [Report]

Tara Dodrill - Author

Jun. 16 2013, Updated 9:54 p.m. ET

Cosmetic fillers used to reduce the appearance of wrinkles can be bad to your health, according to some health experts. The youth in a jar dermal fillers can allegedly turn the skin blue and lumpy and leave the user blind. The wrinkle reducers could turn into a larger scandal than faulty breast implants, according to the Daily Mail.

A British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons survey revealed that seven in 10 surgeons have had patients complaining about dermal fillers complications. Emerging problems reportedly include facial collapse, rheumatic disease, blindness, and blue-tinged skin.

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European bride Mary Catchpole discussed what happened to her after undergoing a non-invasive cosmetic procedure with the Daily Mail. Catchpole, 41, had the same desires as most brides — too look absolutely perfect in her wedding photos. Prior to walking down the aisle, Catchpole dropped a few pounds and then underwent a procedure to “plump up” her face to boast a more youthful look.

The dermal filler that was injected into her cheeks reportedly caused a dire chain of physical reactions. The ruined wedding was the least of Catchpole’s problems. She was reportedly left with blurred vision, depression, serious nerve damage, and insomnia. Dermal fillers were initially created to treat physical deformities, but cosmetic surgeons ultimately realized that the material could also be used for more superficial procedures.

Restylane is arguably the most popular dermal filler and has been used in 16 million treatments around the globe since its creation 16 years ago. Restylane adds volume to skin that has thinned by aging. The procedure is considered less invasive than Botox, which requires the paralyzing of muscles.

In the United States, skin fillers are regulated like medicine, and six types of fillers have been approved for use by professionals. In England, more than 100 types are reportedly available and do not require a prescription or professional application.


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