In recent years, cosmetic injections have grown in popularity. However, they are not without risk, as evidenced by Maria’s testimony to France Info published this Saturday, July 16. (source 1)
Aged 40, Maria wanted to correct her slightly crooked nose. It was a doctor who recommended that she go to a tattoo artist he knew so that she could receive an injection of hyaluronic acid.
This gel is used in aesthetic medicine to restore volume, correct a nasolabial fold, and look younger naturally. Normally, such an injection is performed only with a doctor. The tattoo artist that Maria consulted therefore had no right to practice it. Moreover, the forty-year-old remembers having noticed that the tattoo artist had a strange behavior: “I saw in her face that there was something that was not normal.”
However, five minutes before the injection, the tattoo artist explains to him that there is no contraindication. According to her, the injection could cause redness and bruises which would disappear immediately.
“When I saw in the mirror that there were already bruises around my nose, she told me that it was nothing and that it would pass”,says Maria. But it only takes a few hours for the bruises extend to his forehead. Worried, Maria contacts the tattoo artist several times, who refuses to admit her fault.
“Each day that passed, it was worse and worse. The second, the third day, it was the same. (The tattoo artist) told me ‘it’s nothing, it’s nothing’. But the fourth day, it was really extreme, I felt pressure on my eye.”
“She is saved, but we were very hot”
Maria ends up consulting dermatologist Marie Serre in Paris. She takes care of it immediately.
“Fortunately, I had the product in stock which makes it possible to dilute the hyaluronic acid”, remembers the doctor. “Indeed, she had obviously the artery that irrigates the left wing of the nose and a little blocked forehead. She is saved, but we were very hot.”
Although her health is no longer in danger, Maria still finds it difficult to accept her new face. This mother of two children is today disfigured. Almost a month after the incident, he still has painful bruises on his nose, cheeks and forehead.
“I don’t know what my nose looks like, because I haven’t been able to look at myself in the mirror for three weeks now,” she said. “I have a lot of stress. I prefer not to look at myself to try to stay calm.”
The ANSM is sounding the alarm
This Monday, July 11, the Medicines Agency warned of the risks that hyaluronic acid injections can cause. (source 2)
“These practices carried out by non-physicians are dangerous and prohibited : we alert people wishing to benefit from this type of injections on their dangers and remind that only doctors are authorized to perform them”, declared the ANSM.
Since the beginning of 2022, the agency has identified around forty victims of adverse effects following injections carried out by unauthorized persons. These side effects can go as far as burns, serious infections Where skin necrosis. They are caused by non-compliant practices, such as non-compliance with hygiene conditions or improperly performed injection.