People choose dermal filler injections for a number of cosmetic issues. Maybe they want to eliminate nasolabial folds or fill the frown lines that are between the eyes. Dermal fillers, such as Radiesse, Restylane, and Juvederm are becoming more and more popular. They are basically safe, but may rarely cause blindness if you don’t choose an experienced professional.
There are many small blood vessels — arteries in particular — in the forehead and the eye area that supply blood to the area. The incorrect use of dermal fillers can lead to a blood vessel that carries blood to the eye becoming blocked. Blindness results when blood can’t reach the eye because of the blockage. This is called retinal artery occlusion (RAO).
The American Journal of Ophthalmology published a study that shows that 12 people experienced sudden loss of vision after getting cosmetic injections in the face. The prognosis was actually worse after fat injections.
Additional reviews and studies of scientific literature have taken place since this initial study and they have come to the same conclusion: blindness is a possible side effect if you receive injections in your face.
This kind of treatment is in high demand and individuals are receiving injectables at younger ages. This means it is especially important to know the short and long-term potential issues that can come up before you receive this kind of treatment.
It is important to know that having fillers injected into the face is usually harmless. The typical side effects might include temporary redness near the site of injection, and possible temporary soreness and swelling. It is very rare to have serious complications after facial injections. However, when they do occur, it is terrible. This is why it is very important to choose a skilled and experienced medical professional to give you injections. They know exactly where to inject and the amount to inject.
Considering the number of facial injections given, the occurrence of this issue is so rare that the authors of the studies could not estimate an incidence.