Tuesday, August 23, 2016


Some companies are finding lucrative potential in injectable cosmetic filler. More such facilities are therefore coming up in states like Florida and California.
Dermal fillers were earlier meant to treat deformities, but the cosmetic surgeons quickly realized the business potential by using them to enhance looks. It is reported to be growing 8.4 per cent annually.  
Unlike botox which reduces wrinkles by paralyzing muscles, fillers add volume to skin thinned by aging. In many countries botox is legally regulated but the filler treatment is not. In US only 6 types of fillers are approved for use by professionals, on prescription only.
However, a host of problems have begun to emerge by injected fillers like facial collapse, herpes, rheumatic disease, blue tinged flesh and many more. In a 2015 survey by British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), it emerged that around 7 out of 10 surgeons had received complaints due to complications from dermal fillers, and in the previous 3 years, number of problems with some fillers had tripled. Also, 98% of the patients recommended that fillers should be resorted to only as medicine.
The growing complaints led FDA to ask makers of fillers to update their labeling to include additional warnings about the risk of accidental injection into blood vessels. It also advised consumers to consult their doctors before going in for filler injections.
FDA news release warned that injection of facial fillers into blood vessels can cause blockages that restrict blood supply to tissues. Filler material injected into blood vessels can also travel to other areas and cause stroke, vision problems, blindness and damage and/or death of the skin and underlying facial structures. Accidental injections of facial filler into blood vessels can occur anywhere on the face. But an FDA analysis of studies and reported problems found it was most likely to occur between the eyebrows and nose, in and around the nose, on the forehead, and around the eyes.
Doctors also need to fully inform patients about the risks associated with the procedure, know the signs and symptoms of accidental injection of facial filler into blood vessels, and have a plan for treating patients if this occurs.

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