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But the dermal filler injected into both her cheeks caused a devastating chain of physical reactions. Marie Adams, left, as she usually appears, and right, as she looked after the filler surgery. Like thousands of British women, Mary believed dermal fillers to be a safe and affordable way to improve her looks.

The procedure involves injecting a gel substance under the skin which plumps out grooves. Although dermal fillers were developed to treat deformities, cosmetic surgeons quickly realised they could also enhance people's looks.

Now, fillers are as popular as breast enhancements. But while Botox is legally regulated, the law treats fillers as harmless. Marie Adams, left, had filler injected before her wedding but it didn't have the results she was expecting.

In the U. In Britain, there are more than types, which can all be injected without prescription by anyone, anywhere - whether they have specialist training or not. Now a host of problems are emerging. Medical evidence shows they can cause health issues including blindness, facial collapse, herpes, rheumatic disease and blue-tinged flesh. Two-thirds of women are so unhappy with their body they would undergo plastic surgery, a survey suggests.

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Last month, a survey by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons BAAPS revealed that in the past year around seven in ten surgeons had seen patients complaining of complications from dermal fillers, and over the past three years the number of problems with some fillers has tripled. A staggering 98 per cent said fillers should be treated as a medicine. Mary, who had never had any cosmetic procedures before, had her filler injected early in August last year, a fortnight before her wedding to Christopher, Fillers can be divided into two main groups; temporary ones made from hyaluronic acid, which is eventually absorbed into the body, and more permanent ones made from other materials that can remain in the body for many years.

Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the human body and many temporary fillers use a synthetic form. It was when a cosmetic doctor at the Court House Clinic in Brentwood injected filler into her forehead, crow's feet and nose-to-mouth lines that the first hint of trouble emerged. She wasn't too worried, until she woke that night in agony.

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Horrified, she returned to the clinic where, she says, she was told the problem was probably a very rare allergic inflammatory reaction. The doctor suggested it might subside by the time she had completed the course of antibiotics and steroids in five further days. But nothing improved.

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In November last year, experts reported that a female patient went permanently blind in her left eye after having filler injected because it blocked an artery feeding the eye. There followed two stays in hospital and regular visits to the GP because the symptoms got worse. Mary paid to see a neurologist in London in February, who referred her as an NHS patient to the National Hospital for Neurology and Neurosurgery in London, where she spent three-and-a-half weeks having tests. The consultant neurologist's opinion was that some of the nerves in Mary's brain were desensitised by the trauma.

The Court House Clinic refuses to accept any blame. Marie, who had filler injections, said: 'All I'd wanted was a little confidence boost, but ended up with the opposite because I was too embarrassed to go out'. The Court House Clinic, however, believes it highly unlikely they are responsible for what happened to Mary. Dr Patrick Bowler, its medical director, says: 'Our medical directors and independent medical experts agree the patient's clinical symptoms are highly unlikely to be related to her treatment at the clinic.

The makers of the filler, Juvederm, also deny responsibility, but say: 'As with any medical procedure, there is always a risk of unwanted side-effects. Mary is trying to pursue a legal case against the clinic but such cases can be extremely difficult to judge because there is often no definitive medical evidence either way.

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It is scientifically reasonable to assume some people may have rare and unexpected allergic reactions to fillers through no one's clinical fault. Doctors in Warwickshire once discovered that a transparent permanent filler gel injected into a woman's eyebrows a decade earlier had migrated across her head.

All dermal fillers, no matter how carefully manufactured and administered, must inevitably carry some risk. Marie Adams, 34, is only too aware of the serious problems that can be caused by cheap injections from practitioners with questionable qualifications. A full-time mum to daughters Alice, 16 months, and Emma, 12, Marie went for the injections in her nose-to-mouth lines and top lip seven months ago.

The salon assured her the practitioner was a nurse and 'very good', but two days after the injections her face was swollen and her lips lumpy. A fortnight later, Marie went for a check-up with the woman who administered the injections. But she failed to arrive. Marie paid for Dr Mervyn Patterson, a qualified cosmetic doctor, to use more filler to even out her top lip and nose-to-mouth lines. Pressure is increasing for tighter regulation so only properly qualified, trained and accredited professionals can administer the treatment and the fillers are properly tested. Far more serious complications have been recorded. The following ISBNs are associated with this title:. ISBN - X. ISBN - Look for similar items by category:. Prices and offers may vary in store. More bright, brassy opinions from the fountain of truth!

From the author of Not Guilty by Reason of Menopause comes another unapologetically feisty manifesto. Laugh Lines Are Beautiful celebrates everything from the dubious benefits of maturity, moderation, and perky mammaries to the singular pleasures of mood swings, mammograms, and myopia. Growing older and hopefully, wiser with style and sass and a slightly sagging posterior trumps investing in anti-aging goo, inflatable face and body parts, and ill-fitting foundation garments any day.

So why age gracefully when having a midlife crisis feels so good? About The Author. Leigh Anne Jasheway-Bryant is a teacher, humorist, stand-up comic, stress management coach, and former radio host. The author of fifteen books, she won the Erma Bombeck humor writing competition with an essay about igniting her mammogram.

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