A woman who wanted to look like Love Actually star Martine McCutcheon found out the hard way why permanent facial fillers are not recommended to people wanting to get rid of lines and wrinkles; housewife Jo Sandford had the treatment and a few weeks later developed an infection that almost killed her.
Jo, 35, from London, said that she wanted to get full cheekbones like actress Martine, as she thought it would give her more confidence. She told The Mirror ‘Four years ago, I went to a London clinic first asking for permanent filler as I thought it would be cheaper than having regular, expensive top-ups, but they refused, saying they disliked permafillers and advised me against having them.’ Sadly she didn’t listen and kept attending consultations until she found a doctor that was willing to carry out the procedure. She paid £500 for three phials of permanent fillers and the treatment took thirty minutes at a private surgery.
After the initial success, Jo later developed a problem that caused swelling that almost closed her eyelids completely. She said ‘I became hot and sweaty, my face was burning and I was feverish.’ A trip to the hospital revealed that there was an infection in her right cheek and some of the filler substance had migrated and shattered in both cheeks. Jo underwent emergency surgery to remove the filler and she has since spent around £4,000 on repair work to even out her skin. She added ‘It’s a long, slow process. Corrective surgery will take two years.’
Dr Aamer Khan of the Harley Street Clinic, London, says that ‘It takes a good doctor or surgeon to administer the injectable into the right locations. The problem with permanent filler is you are introducing an alien substance into the body, which is why I would never use it.’