A doctor who pioneered the use of Botox injections claims that almost one hundred people have lost vision in one or both eyes after getting botched dermal filler injections; Professor Jean Carruthers said that 98 people worldwide had suffered blindness following the procedure.
Under British law, anyone can inject fillers without medical qualifications.
Dermal fillers are not prescription-only, like Botox, which means that there are risks if treatment is arranged with someone who is not medically trained to provide it. Prof Carruthers said that the results could be ‘catastrophic’ if the fillers are mistakenly injected into a blood vessel, leading to blindness or possibly a stroke if the filler reaches the brain.
Professor Carruthers was speaking at the World Congress of Dermatology conference in Vancouver, Canada, and she explained that ‘often the commonest filler to be used mid-face and around the eyes is actually fat. It’s your own fat that is being used. And you can’t get rid of fat once it’s in an artery. It’s there – you can’t dissolve it. It’s an utter disaster.’