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Beauty Byte: Filler Injections Can Cause Permanent Damage

Here's another reason to stay away from the needle: Some British and European doctors are raising concerns about facial fillers. A handful of plastic surgeons is worried that these injectables could permanently damage skin over time. Dr. Daniel Marchac, a prominent French plastic surgeon, said he had been contacted by at least 25 patients who developed untreatable fibrous tissue and other changes after being injected.

"We will see in the future patients of 50 who have had 15 years of fillers with fibrous, tough tissue we wouldn't be able to do anything with," he said. "The serious things are the permanent fillers, and the second is abuse of resolvable fillers." Abuse, in his view, involves using temporary fillers such as Juvederm and Restylane twice a year for four years. (Botox, which isn't a filler, isn't a worry, the doctors say.)

This story makes a good point: Some technologies are so new that we don't yet know the long-term effects. (Remember what happened to this woman?) Plus, if plastic surgeons are raising concerns—and they have every financial reason to encourage cosmetic procedures—I think it's worth paying attention to them when they say it's dangerous stuff.


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aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
Ava Gardner is so right. I mean c'mon 15 yrs people. People take herbs and medication that have JUST been FDA regulated and no one flinches at the thoughts of that. As soon as you say plastic surgery or anything cosmetic people jump on the bandwagon that's it's "oh so terrible." I'm sure half the people who say they never will do this actually WILL as soon as they have those crows feet coming in. ::rolling eyes::
klovie klovie 9 years
Whoa. I don't use fillers but this is very useful (and slightly frightening) info.
karisaamy karisaamy 9 years
It's scary how many things are pulled after the long term effects are found out. On this one I'm not surprised that the long term effects are bad.
emalove emalove 9 years
I'll probably never use any cosmetic least I can't imagine it now. I think it's kind of scary too. And Leeluvfashion is right, people are nuts if they think there's no dangers with these chemicals.
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 9 years
How sad.
mrflibble mrflibble 9 years
I'm afraid of needles anyway...
Zasu Zasu 9 years
eek.. that's very scary. Think of all the people with pumped up lips. Gosh that pic looks like Emma Thompson.
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 9 years
First off, people have to completely out-of-touch w/ reality if they didn't realize it could cause damage; you're injecting a poison and chemicals into your skin! I would never get botox or any other filler. It won't happen and I'll continue to remind others of the risks involved.
nancita nancita 9 years
Interesting story, and Bella makes a good point. Why inject something into your face if you have no idea what the long-term effects are. In my opinion, I'm already exposed to enough potentially dangerous stuff involuntarily!
Betsy-Gilfillan Betsy-Gilfillan 9 years
i got restylane injections in my lips. they only lasted about 2 months and it was simply because the skin around them was swollen. mind you, i went to a very noted doctor here in chicago. it was a waste of money and SO painful (i've had tattoos and this is about 4000 times more painful). also, my lips have been more peely and apt to chapping since i got injections. don't do it!
LuciLu LuciLu 9 years
should be interesting to see what nicole kidman looks like in 10 years then! YIKES.
Zahara-Pitt Zahara-Pitt 9 years
Ava-Gardner Ava-Gardner 9 years
There is another side to this, there have been several recently published studies on the increase in natural collagen that is stimulated by repeat temporary injections. Many surgeons are finding that their patients can go longer and longer between fillers due to this. There is a correct, minimally invasive way to inject causing the least amount of trauma, 25 patients is a relatively low number and we would need to know the technique that was used before drawing a sweeping conclusion from this. Collagen has already been used for 15 years, so really I think he's scaremongering.
Lippy Lippy 9 years
Thank you so much for this posting bellasugar- I have a few pock marks and I was thinking of getting those filled, but now I will try another method
aimeeb aimeeb 9 years
I agree but I'm sure these women tend to go waaaaaaaaaaaaay overboard with the fillers...
Lovely_1 Lovely_1 9 years
Mmmm scary stufff...
4BYRDS 4BYRDS 9 years
Joan Rivers is in a lot of trouble then...
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