Amy Wiseman, 21, has shared photos of her swollen face and says people must be made more aware of the dangers of lip filler after fearing she was going to lose her sight
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A dental nurse feared she was going to be left blind after a bungling beautician injected into her artery during a botched lip filler treatment.
The blood flow to Amy Wiseman’s face was blocked last month after the procedure went badly wrong.
The 21-year-old from Durham paid £70 for the injection and was told there was nothing to worry about.
But she knew something wasn’t right when she was left in agony with a bruised lip and now wants people need to be made aware of how dangerous lip filler can be.
After sharing photos her dramatically-swollen lip, a quick-thinking dental colleague had them checked by plastic surgeons and a GP, who warned her that the filler could have blocked the blood supply in her face.
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Horrified Amy was told by medics that she could have lost her eyesight and movement in the left side of her face if her lip filler wasn’t dissolved within 24 hours.
The dental nurse claims that the filler was injected into an artery, causing a vascular occlusion, where blood can’t pass through a blood vessel.
Amy claims her lip had been starved of oxygen and she had 24 hours to save her face before the tissue completely died, which would have left her needing a skin graft to save her dying face.
The filler was dissolved by a medical practitioner the next day who told her that she’d been at risk of losing her eyesight – while a GP said she was lucky to still have a lip at all.
Amy said: “I was in utter shock when they said I could lose my sight. 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 bruising was blood that had nowhere to go.
“The dentist said if I didn’t get it dissolved in 24 hours then I would go blind.
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“If I didn’t work in a dentist, I would have lost my eyesight and the left side of my face and I would have needed a tissue graft in my face.
“What if I’d ended up losing my eyesight and face? I wouldn’t want to be here.”
Amy had 0.5ml injected but immediately noticed something wasn’t right as she’s been having the treatment since she was 17.
After frantically messaging the beautician who’d carried out the treatment, she was assured that the bruising was normal and Amy thanks her career as a dental nurse for saving her sight.
Amy said: “After the first injection, I felt severe pain but I didn’t think anything of it because I know getting your lips done hurts but it was worse than I’ve experienced before.
“I told the lady and she said it will look swollen because she’d hit a vein but it’s nothing to worry about unless its a vascular occlusion. I asked how she knew it wasn’t that and she said it was fine.
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“I looked at my lips in the car and I was really upset. They were bruised straight away which they don’t normally do and the left side of my lip didn’t look right at all and the pain was awful. It was agony.
“I sent a photo to the lady, she said it was just bruising and I trusted her because she’s done them before.
“Later on the pain got really bad and I was really worried so I sent a photo to a dentist at work and they said I needed to go to the hospital.
“I went but there was a six-hour wait so I thought I’d leave it until the morning.
“My colleague sent photos to GPs and plastic surgeons she knows who said I needed to get it dissolved as soon as possible.
“The dentist dissolved the filler and the GP they’d been in touch with said the fact I still had my lip was unbelievable.
“If it wasn’t for me working in a dentist, I would have taken the lady’s advice. They used six cartridges over two days to dissolve 0.5ml of filler.”
Amy says she the traumatic ordeal has knocked her confidence so much that it’s put her off lip filler treatment for life.
She is sharing her ordeal in a bid to raise awareness and urge people to only get lip filler treatment by medically trained professionals.
Amy said: “It has put me off and I wouldn’t get them done again but if I was to get them done again I’d go to someone who is medically trained.
“People do a lip filler course in a day and they’re qualified. A medic could have diagnosed the issue and resolved it straight away. People need to be made aware of how dangerous it can be. Someone else might find out an even harder way.”