Vietnamese woman almost left blind in one eye after using injectable filler

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Vietnamese woman almost left blind in one eye after using injectable filler

This photo shows a 47-year-old woman treated for cosmetic filler complications at Vietnam German Friendship Hospital in Hanoi, Vietnam. Photo: Duong Lieu / Tuoi Tre

A woman in Hanoi has nearly had permanent vision loss in her left eye after having a filler injected during a non-surgical nose job in early April.

Vietnam German Friendship Hospital in Hanoi announced on Tuesday the successful emergency treatment to recover the vision of 47-year-old B., who had vision loss in her left eye after having a filler injected during a non-surgical nose job at a local clinic.

According to Dr. Nguyen Hong Ha, head of the department of plastic and maxillofacial surgery, this is one of the few cases in which immediate and successful treatment could restore the patient’s eyesight.

B. stated that she was injected with a filler during a nose job from a local acquaintance, which explains her trust.

However, 10 to 15 minutes after the injection, B. experienced a headache, dizziness, and convulsions, as well as blurred vision.

B. was then given another injection treatment to dissolve the filler.

After four hours of filler injections, she was rushed to the emergency room at Vietnam German Friendship Hospital, where doctors found she was losing vision in her left eye and experiencing a headache, convulsions, and limb numbness.

She was diagnosed with occlusion of the cerebral artery and congestion of the blood vessels supplying the nose and forehead.

The hospital dispatched a team of plastic surgeons and stroke prevention specialists, and requested assistance from doctors at the Central Eye Hospital in treatment and immediate resuscitation.

After ten days of treatment, the patient has regained consciousness, is able to communicate, and occasionally experiences headaches. After the total vision loss, her left eye gradually responds to light.

“This is a very positive sign because successful cases of regaining vision are relatively rare while hundreds of cases of blindness occur each year as a result of nose job filler injections,” Dr. Ha stated.

“Patients should be given additional time to monitor their eye recovery.

“We have disseminated a great deal of information about the importance of selecting a reputable beauty facility for cosmetic procedures.

“However, we now receive cases of accidents on a weekly basis, ranging from complications with filler injections to infection following plastic surgery.

“It’s worth noting that while patients in the past were primarily young people, middle-aged women over 45 years old now have access to unverified advertisements on social media and cosmetic surgery in an unlicensed facility, all in the name of their desire to be beautiful.”

Additionally, Dr. Ha advises that if a cosmetic accident occurs, the patient should be immediately transported to a hospital with a coordinated specialty for multi-specialty emergency treatment.

“Untrained people injecting fillers in spas, barbershops, hairdressers, and private homes, as well as injecting substances of unknown origin, will result in unpredictable outcomes,” Ha warned.

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