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Dental nurse, 21, claims she nearly went blind and lost her lip after a botched filler treatment

A dental assistant claims she nearly went blind and lost her lip after a botched filler treatment blocked blood flow to her face.

Amy Wiseman, 21, from Durham, paid £70 last month to go under the needle by an esthetician she “trusted” but knew something wasn’t right when she was left with a badly bruised and swollen lip.

She claims the filler was injected into an artery, causing a vascular occlusion, where blood cannot pass through a blood vessel. This can occur in the retina, causing partial or complete loss of vision.

Amy claims her lip was out of oxygen and she had 24 hours to save face before the tissue died completely, which would require a skin graft.

The filler was resolved the next day by a doctor who told her she was at risk of losing her sight – while a GP said she was lucky she still had a lip.

Amy Wiseman, 21, from Durham, had been getting lip filler since she was 17 from a “trusted” esthetician who had no medical training. Amy is pictured after a previous lip filler treatment.

Last month she was left with a badly bruised and swollen lip (pictured), claiming that filler had been injected into an artery causing a vascular occlusion, where blood cannot pass through a blood vessel.

Last month she was left with a badly bruised and swollen lip (pictured), claiming that filler had been injected into an artery causing a vascular occlusion, where blood cannot pass through a blood vessel.

Last month she was left with a badly bruised and swollen lip (pictured), claiming that filler had been injected into an artery causing a vascular occlusion, where blood cannot pass through a blood vessel.

“I was completely shocked when they said I could lose my sight,” Amy said.

‘I didn’t know what was going on. I didn’t know if my lips could be saved or if they would be permanently damaged.

“I had reduced blood flow because the filler was blocking the artery, so the bruise was blood with nowhere to go. The dentist said if I didn’t fix it within 24 hours, I would go blind.

“Had I not worked at a dentist, I would have lost my eyesight and the left side of my face and would need a tissue graft in my face.

Amy claims her swollen lip (pictured) was starved of oxygen and she had 24 hours to save face before the tissue died completely, which would require a skin graft to save her face

Amy claims her swollen lip (pictured) was starved of oxygen and she had 24 hours to save face before the tissue died completely, which would require a skin graft to save her face

Amy claims her swollen lip (pictured) was starved of oxygen and she had 24 hours to save face before the tissue died completely, which would require a skin graft to save her face

‘What if I lost my sight and sight? I wouldn’t want to be here.’

Amy, who has been treated since she was 17, had 0.5ml injected by a beautician, but immediately noticed that something was not right.

After frantically emailing the esthetician, who was not medically trained and who performed the treatment, she was assured that the bruising was normal.

Amy said: ‘After the first injection I felt a lot of pain, but I didn’t think anything of it because I know doing your lips hurts, but it was worse than I’ve experienced before.

“I told the lady and she said it would look swollen because she hit a vein, but it’s nothing to worry about unless it’s a vascular occlusion.

“I asked how she knew it wasn’t and she said it was okay.

Shocked Amy sent a picture of her swollen lip (pictured) and sent it to a colleague

Shocked Amy sent a picture of her swollen lip (pictured) and sent it to a colleague

Doctors had told her she could have lost her vision and movement in the left side of her face if her lip filler (pictured) had not dissolved within 24 hours.

Doctors had told her she could have lost her vision and movement in the left side of her face if her lip filler (pictured) had not dissolved within 24 hours.

Horrified, Amy sent a photo of her swollen lip (photo LR) to a colleague, later told by medics that she could have lost her sight and movement in the left side of her face if her lip filler had not dissolved inside 24 o’clock.

Amy, pictured having previously had a lip filler, says the traumatic ordeal has eroded her confidence so much that it has denied her lifelong lip filler treatment

Amy, pictured having previously had a lip filler, says the traumatic ordeal has eroded her confidence so much that it has denied her lifelong lip filler treatment

Amy, pictured having previously had a lip filler, says the traumatic ordeal has eroded her confidence so much that it has denied her lifelong lip filler treatment

“I looked at my lips in the car and was really upset. They were bruised right away, which they don’t normally do and the left side of my lip didn’t look good at all and the pain was terrible. It was terrifying.

“I sent a photo to the lady, she said it was just bruises and I trusted her because she’s done them before.

However, after sharing photos of her dramatically swollen lip, a quick-thinking dentist colleague had them checked out by plastic surgeons and a primary care physician, who warned her that the filler could have blocked the blood supply to her face.

How lip filler can cause tissue death and permanent blindness: what is vascular occlusion?

Lip filler can cause clogged blood vessels in the face, which, if left untreated, can cause tissue death and permanent blindness

It differs from thrombosis in that it can be used to describe any form of blockage, not just one formed by a clot.

A vascular occlusion can be caused by an internal obstruction, including filling material, or due to external compression.

When it occurs in a large vein, it can cause deep vein thrombosis in some cases.

The condition is also relatively common in the retina and can cause partial or complete loss of vision.

“Later on the pain got really bad and I was really worried so I sent a picture to a dentist at work and they told me to go to the hospital.

“I went, but there was a six-hour wait, so I thought I’d leave it until morning.

‘My colleague sent pictures to GPs and plastic surgeons she knows who told me to get it fixed as soon as possible.

“The dentist dissolved the filler and the GP they interacted with said it was incredible that I still had my lip.

“If I hadn’t worked in a dentist, I would have followed the lady’s advice. They used six cartridges in two days to dissolve 0.5 ml of filler.’

Amy says the traumatic ordeal has damaged her self-confidence so much that it has kept her from lip filler treatment for the rest of her life.

Amy said, “One side of my lips is smaller than the other where I had the filler dissolve because it was an emergency, so I was so grateful that we had to wear masks because I was feeling so down.

“It’s my face after all and I was so afraid I would have permanent damage. I started getting them when I was 17 and it became a habit.

“It’s one of those things. Some people like to drink. I like the way they look but this has made me realize that there is more to life than just lip fillers. I am still very traumatized.”

Amy shares her ordeal in an effort to raise awareness and urge people to get lip filler treatment only from medically trained professionals.

“It put me off and I wouldn’t have them done again, but if I had them done again I would go to someone who is medically trained,” Amy said.

“People do a lip filler course in a day and they are qualified. A doctor could have diagnosed the problem and fixed it right away.

‘People need to be made aware of how dangerous it can be. Someone else might find an even harder way.”

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