The quest for youthful looks has driven thousands of people to opt for cosmetic filler injections, a trend that has now raised red flags among plastic surgeons. Recent warnings highlight potential issues related to the immune system and a heightened risk of cancer that individuals who have undergone such procedures may face.
Dermal fillers, substances injected to address lines, wrinkles, and augment features like lips or cheeks, have witnessed a surge in popularity, largely fueled by the influence of reality TV shows such as Love Island and The Kardashians. However, experts caution that these injected substances may not always sit well with the immune system, leading to painful side effects, such as swollen eyes.
At the core of many filler injections lies hyaluronic acid, a key compound. Recent research has unveiled that hyaluronic acid can block lymph nodes, critical components of the body’s defense system responsible for identifying and eliminating toxins, including cancer cells. This revelation has prompted discussions about the potential impact of filler treatments on cancer risk.
Furthermore, cosmetic fillers have been linked to the formation of cysts, lumps, and persistent soreness, adding to the growing concerns surrounding their safety.
During a conference held by the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons in London, a U.S. research team unveiled these findings. Dr. Spero Theodorou, director of the prominent bodySCULPT plastic surgery practice in New York, expressed his concerns, particularly emphasizing the issue of under-eye filler treatments. He noted that many women now experience swollen eyes due to these procedures, and it’s a problem that has long been recognized but is now substantiated by research.
Dr. Theodorou, who no longer offers such procedures, stressed the significance of this issue, saying, “You have 22-year-old girls putting this stuff in their faces. It’s never going to go away. It’s very hard to remove and it blocks lymphatics in your face. This is a very important system.”
While not every patient will experience swelling, evidence suggests that all will encounter some degree of “lymphatic blockage.” Driven by concerns for the health and well-being of individuals and even his own daughters, Dr. Theodorou aims to shed light on this issue to prevent further potential risks associated with cosmetic filler injections.