A 17-year-old Vietnamese girl is blind in her left eye after getting cosmetic filler injections of uncertain type and origin by unlicensed providers at a local barbershop.
The girl, partially recovered after eight days of treatment but still unable to see, said she had gone to a local spa on January 8, for lip and cheek fillers.
There, employees advised her also to get injections in and around her nose.
When she became dizzy and nauseous, spa staff gave her medication that failed to improve her condition.
Local police say the spa, Spa Yuri Beauty Center, is licensed only to cut and wash hair, that employees weren’t licensed to inject filler, and that they were uncertain of the fillers or where they came, VNExpress reports.
A family member brought the young girl, identified only as “NHT,” to Cho Ray Hospital on January 9 for an emergency evaluation a day after she’d received the filler injections.
“Ms. NHT,” 17, experienced a headache, dizziness, and vomiting immediately after receiving lip, chin, and nose filler injections at a spa, Cho Ray Hospital said in an advisory.
NHT presented with drooping eyelids, bruising in the upper eyelid area, chin and lip swelling, lack of vision in the left eye, corneal edema (swelling), and intraocular pressure.
Following eight days of treatment, the young girl’s condition has improved, but she remains unable to see out of her left eye.
A hospital spokesperson says the facility sees “many cases of complications after filler injection” performed by unlicensed providers or at unregulated clinics.
Further treatment is planned to involve additional specialities at the hospital, including aesthetic plastic surgery, neurology, and vascular medicine.