Cosmetic Surgery Gone Wrong: Botched Dermal Fillers Left Woman Blind In One Eye, Face Disfigured
Over the past years, cosmetic surgery has gained immense popularity for the promise of beauty and younger-looking skin. A woman, however, was left blind in one eye and face disfigured after having dermal filler injections.
Carol Bryan, a 54-year-old woman from Florida, went to her cosmetic surgeon to have dermal fillers on her face but it went terribly wrong.
She was left disfigured and worse, blind in one eye after the botched dermal fillers caused her face to swell. Apparently, the fillers were injected into a part of her face they shouldn't have been. Moreover, two different fillers, including one which was silicone, were combined into one syringe.
As a result, her forehead has become swollen that she needed to tape her eyes open to see.
Bryan said she contemplated on taking her own life as she would hide from not only her family and friends but her own reflection in the mirror.
"I felt like I had the head of an alien, my forehead so heavy that it fell and covered my eyes so that I could not see unless I taped or held up my forehead," Bryan told the Independent.
However, Bryan was no stranger to cosmetic procedures and admitted she had used botox since her late 30s to have smoother and younger-looking skin. In 2009, when she was 47 years old, she tried dermal fillers after cosmetic doctors told her she would regain the volume in her forehead and cheekbones, a decision she would later regret.
Corrective surgery, however, worsened the damage because the first surgery needed to debulk her forehead damaged her optic nerve, leaving her permanently blind in her right eye.
For three years, Bryan has hidden until her daughter decided to convince her to move to Los Angeles to seek medical help.
"The pain of the corrective procedures is not quite describable. Then, years later, with the multiple surgeries to my face, each one was just as painful as the one previous," Bryan explained. The most painful operation was when doctors conducted skin grafting from her back on to her forehead, which tool about 17 hours.
Now, Bryan is using her experience to help others struggling with disfigurement through an organization she is heading, Face2Face Healing. The group aims to help others emotionally and physically with disfigurement after all medical procedures are done.