Plastic Surgeons Warn That This Popular Cosmetic Procedure Can Cause Blindness

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There’s a continuously growing demand for fillers. In fact, injectables have become so mainstream that they seem simple and harmless. However, while doctors agree that injectables are relatively safe, there's a terrifying side effect that many people aren't aware of.

Scientifically, it's no new information that injectables can cause permanent blindness. However, a recently published study from South Korea highlights and examines the severity of this side affect. 

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The study involved a total of nine patients between the ages of 25 and 45, all women, who were each injected with hyaluronic acid and suffered permanent vision loss. Since 2015, there’s been more than 100 international cases of people going blind after getting fillers.

This prompted the president of Australian Society of Plastic Surgeons, Dr. Mark Ashton, to speak out and warn people. "We just want to explain to patients that having fillers is not a trivial exercise," he tells an Australian newspaper. “It carries significant complications."

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He further explains that it doesn't just happen when you get fillers around the eyes either. Highly-demanded lip injections can also cause blindness. “If you get inadvertent injection of filler in any part of the facial artery, that can travel along the artery all the way up to the corner of the eye and then that goes into the retina,” he explained.

We spoke with New York dermatologist, Neil Sadick, MD, about the likelihood of these side effects. "It's very uncommon and extremely rare, but there have been reports of this happening with fillers." He explains, continuing to say that the best way to avoid it is to understand the anatomy of the face and which areas to avoid.

Although blindness from fillers is unlikely, it's important to know that this trendy cosmetic treatment isn't necessarily as carefree and easy as celebrities make it out to be. To avoid this happening to you, make sure to only go to board-certified dermatologists and plastic surgeons when booking your appointment. 

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