A doctor was left horrified when a woman decided to inject her lips with a DIY filler, which led to absolutely disastrous consequence.
Dr Tijion Esho, the founder of London’s respectable Esho Clinics, decided to share images of a woman who had injected her own lips with a DIY filler, as he wanted people to realise there could be horrific consequences.
He revealed that a concerned woman had gotten in contact with Dr Esho’s support group when she felt that her lips “didn’t feel right” after she had decided to self-inject them.
As her case was deemed urgent, the medical expert team took immediate action as they feared it would put her entire face at risk of permanent damage.
On social media, Dr Esho wrote: “Last month I coined the phrase ‘Lockdown Face’ to describe the extreme anxiety of people no longer able to access cosmetic treatments.
“That became very real for the patient who contacted our Facebook support group a few days ago, desperate for help.
“She had purchased filler online and attempted to inject her own lips with no training or medical background. The result was disastrous, to the extent she could have been permanently disfigured.
“She injected her lips herself following the advice of an online group that encourages self-injection.
“They have no medical qualifications. I find it incredible that such groups are allowed to operate on social media.”
He added: “When I saw her photos I could see a dark discolouration, typical of something known as tissue necrosis.
“This occurs when the blood supply to the tissue has been blocked by the dermal filler injected.”
“Without intervention, this woman would lose not just the tissue in her lips but it could potentially spread to further regions in the face, leading to blindness and permanent disfigurement.”
As the patient was based in the north of England, Dr Esho had no choice but to send a trusted colleague, regional trainer and senior regional nurse Susan Young.
Susan said: “This was an emergency situation that could not wait until morning.
“I had to inject a specialist substance called hyaluronidase to attempt to dissolve the filler, remove the blockage and restore blood flow. Without acting quickly, the tissue would have died and it would have been another patient adding strain to the NHS.”
Dr Esho added: “The patient was very lucky. Nurse Susan suffers from asthma and is currently shielding during COVID. She put herself at risk to save her.”
As the patient was so grateful and wanted others to not follow her mistake, she gave Dr Esho permission to share the photo online as she wanted to raise the awareness of the dangers of self-injecting.
Dr Esho stressed: “Filler injection is a specialist treatment with high risks in the hands of anybody who isn’t trained.”
The photos have also raised awareness at the shocking reality of cosmetic procedures. There is an appalling lack of regulations in regards to dermal fillers and maddeningly, the patient said that she had obtained the product without breaking any laws.
Dr Esho said: “Unfortunately in this country, it isn’t illegal for non-medics to obtain dermal fillers online.
“This is exactly one of many reasons that it should be.”