A woman in Ho Chi Minh City has had permanent vision loss in one eye after having a filler injected during a non-surgical nose job in mid-July.
On July 16, M.T.C.D. visited a beauty salon in Ho Chi Minh City’s District 4, where she had a technician put under the skin of her nose a filler containing hyaluronic acid, a main lubricating component of fluids and skin, in hope for a better looking facial appearance.
But five minutes after the injection, D. felt an acute pain in the eye region that spread to her forehead, with her left eye blurring and failing to open.
The 30-year-old woman was rushed to a local hospital where doctors found her to suffer from an allergic reaction to the filler and from fat necrosis, a condition stemming from an injury to an area of fatty tissue.
The patient was transferred to a more advanced infirmary where the sight of her left eye was declared lost, and several major nerves went completely inactive, but the other eye was still able to respond to light, according to doctors.
She also showed bruises around the forehead and nose top, and congealing blood in the nostrils.
D. told Thanh Nien (Young People) newspaper that she took a xe om (motorcycle taxi) ride from her hometown in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta to Ho Chi Minh City without her family’s knowledge after learning of the VND2 million ($86) filler-injecting service at the beauty shop.
Upon the tragic incident, the salon had promised to cover her hospital fees, she said.
D. added that she was hiding the incident from the family by telling them that she visited the hospital for digestive disorder treatment only.
The Ho Chi Minh City Department of Health has stepped in by requiring the two hospitals having treated D. to report her problems.
At least five other cases of side effects associated with cosmetic filler were recently noted in medical institutions in Hanoi.
In the most severe case, the victim had a stroke after a filler injected right into her veins was carried by blood throughout the body.
Technicians at Vietnamese beauty salons are often untrained in surgery, which means a syringe needle may be inadvertently made to send injectable filler to the vein, according to Hoang Thanh Tuan, a Hanoi-based aesthetic doctor.
Tuan advised distinguishing medical-grade liquid silicon from cosmetic filler, since the former tend to cause vein blockage and swellings.