‘My living hell with liquid nose job – agonising pain, seeping sores and housebound’

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WARNING: GRAPHIC INJURY IMAGES – A woman has told of how her ‘world collapsed’ when she opted for a cut-price ‘liquid nose job’ with dermal filler, which then became infected. Experts have warned about the dangers of the trend

A mum who had always been self-conscious of her ‘droopy’ nose wanted to look her best for her daughter’s graduation ceremony, but she ended up missing it altogether for fear of leaving the house.

The woman, who wishes to remain anonymous, plumped for a ‘liquid nose job’ as a quick fix, as it came at a fraction of the price of a rhinoplasty, which usually costs between £4,000 to £7,000. But moments after walking out of the aesthetics clinic in London, the mum’s nose began to feel swollen and increasingly painful.

Soon after, white spots exploded all over her nose and due to an infection and the 51-year-old was left distraught. She said it felt like her ‘world was collapsing’ around her as she feared what the long-term health implications would be.

It took the mum two years to recover from the non-surgical nose job, which she ‘bitterly regrets’. Speaking of her decision to have filler injected into her nose in 2017, which set her back £1,000, she told the Mirror: “I felt my nose was too big, long and droopy. I had never mentioned to anyone how I felt as I was embarrassed that I was going to be judged.

“We had an important family event coming up – my daughter was graduating from university and I wanted to look my best in the photographs.” She was assured by an aesthetics nurse that the procedure would improve the shape of her nose, promising instant results with no downtime.

“I was really seduced by the cost being lower than a surgical procedure, so I decided to go for it,” she admitted. “However, I bitterly regretted my decision instantly as the filler blocked the nose arteries and veins. As I was leaving the clinic, my nose became painful, swollen and pale in colour.

“I was so scared and at the same time felt great shame. I went back to the clinician immediately but they had already left and I had no reply to my frantic emails and phone calls. Two days later, matters worsened when what looked like dead skin became infected with lots of white spots. I went back to the clinician, but they asked me to wait for it to get better. It was so painful.”

She continued: “With my daughter’s graduation getting closer and closer, I felt the world collapsing around me. My nose was so swollen with the infection, there was no way to conceal it. I had to tell my daughter what had happened, and I explained that I was going to miss her big day. I was absolutely distraught and from then on, I was unable to leave the house for two months.”

The woman called three different plastic surgeons for advice and finally got help from the UK’s leading experts in nasal treatments and consultant surgeons in rhinoplasty, Charles East and Lydia Badia, who dissolved the filler with an enzyme. After that, they prescribed high doses of antibiotics to clear the white puss.

The pair have cautioned about having filler injected into the nose. Dermal filler is often used to smooth out bumps or improve symmetry in noses and has become an increasing trend on social media, with popular videos showcasing before and after results.

However anyone can administer filler in the UK – you don’t have to demonstrate any level of medical training or hold a particular level of qualification. Mr East says that most cosmetic doctors don’t feel confident injecting noses due to the high risk of complications.

The intricate tissue planes and barriers, let alone the blood vessels, make it a potentially hazardous treatment. If anything goes wrong, the consequences are severe, with Lydia noting that “poor injection skills can cause tissue necrosis AKA tissue death, vascular complications and vision loss, including blindness.”

“It’s not the quick and easy fix people imagine”, Ms Badia, co-founder of Rhinoplasty London, told the Mirror. “The technique has inherent limitations; it cannot change the structure of bone or cartilage and it can correct only with an increase in volume. We can’t make a big nose smaller with filler. Plus we now know that fillers stay in the tissues for many years.”

Mr East added: “The issue is that fillers don’t go away. They remain in your tissues, often blocking the lymphatic system, which causes swelling. This also makes surgery more complex and recovery from surgery more difficult.”

Both recommend speaking to a qualified doctor about having work done on the nose. “If are considering having a treatment to your nose, I would recommend opting for a surgical specialist – they can give you the best opinion for your case which may be an operative procedure rather than injectables,” added Mr East. “Well-done surgery should last for the rest of your life and doesn’t come with such a high risk.”

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