Every one loves beauty. Celebrities have used Botox for years and are now using poly-L-lactic acid (PLLA) soft-tissue dermal filling injections to create a “continual pout” look for their lips. Unfortunately, there may be some potential for facial damage. The Food & Drug Administration (FDA) has issued a warning that in 1 out of 10,000 soft-tissue filler procedures, severe facial damage can result.
What Does Soft-Tissue Dermal Filling Do?
How many Hollywood stars have gone through plastic surgery? Typically, the focus has been on removing wrinkles, lifting the cheeks and making the lips more full. The top celebrities, politicians and even athletes are making plastic surgery a necessity to compete for the public’s attention.
Beauty is only skin deep
Not many people were born with the perfect lips or facial features. Cosmetic surgeons can inject dermal filling agents to correct facial imperfections due to lost collagen. This procedure is being touted to fix wrinkles or make lips appear more full. The American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery has stated that hyaluronic acid, Botox and poly-L-lactic acid have become some of the most popular treatments for facial rejuvenation.
FDA Issues Warning
Forbes has reported that dermatologists at the Cleveland Clinic found that negative reactions could occur in 1 out of 10,000 of the PLLA procedures. The medical field encourages customers to only receive treatments from professional plastic surgeons; this will reduce cases of damage to sensitive nerves in the face.
Don’t hate me for being beautiful = Brooke Shields
The FDA has warned plastic surgeons to look for unusual pain, blurred vision, whiteness near the injection site and signs of stroke after the procedure has been completed. These could all be signs of nerve damage. The FDA has issued an alert on the potential dangers of soft-tissue injections.
What is the FDA doing about this?
The important thing to note about the FDA warning is that this nerve damage occurs in very rare incidences. There is no reason to panic. The FDA is working with manufacturers to develop better soft-tissue dermal filler labeling to warn the public of this potential danger. Plastic surgeons and the consumers are also being alerted to potential symptoms of facial skin damage. The FDA has set up a public feedback section to collect more data on this potentially crippling danger.