Part Two: An Injectible Filler Gone Bad!
My advice: Never get injectible fillers in an area of thin skin! Of course I knew that's a given on one level. But I started hearing how the technique of injectibles was getting so precise and how they were now doing areas that used to be contraindicated but that you needed to get a practitioner experienced in injecting those areas. One of the areas I wanted filled was the lines underneath my eyes. Botox would effectively treat the lines on the sides of the eyes and above, but not the underneath area. Collagen type fillers were only used in deeper lines such as the naso-labial folds. Then as the fillers started being developed with hyaluronic acid and were considered thinner and easier to manipulate some doctors were using them in areas that were previously denied.
As soon as I started hearing the buzz about some offices doing injectibles in the thin skin underneath the eyes I started calling around to find a doctor or nurse practitioner who had the skills to do the tricky procedure. I found one who stated she did it routinely and that I was in good hands. I was there the moment I got an appointment. Once and for all I was going to be rid of the lines underneath the eyes. I've had great luck with reducing them with great eye creams but still I wanted more. Little did I know I would leave the office with a huge bump under each of the eyes and one of which was not just under the superficial layers of the skin but had perforated through to my sinus cavity. I was unaware of the perforation until that night and even still didn't know. I was sitting at my desk in my new home 500 miles from my dentist when I had the worst toothache of my life. I called her and she said I probably needed a root canal. She called in penicillin and pain medication and told me to fly up the next day and she would meet me in the office the next day even though it was a Saturday. I did as I was told and met her at her office. Problem is she couldn't do anything for me because even though it felt like a toothache it wasn't. The pain was radiating from my sinus. The normal mucous in my sinus would constantly get trapped in the pocket that was made by the injection and I would get infections about every two months until the day it finally dissipated about 10 months later. So my great idea about erasing those remaining fine lines underneath my eyes that weren't even all that bad in the first place caused me to walk around with two bumps underneath both eyes along with a year of being sick with sinus infections. Color me crazy, but for now on, I'm sticking with a safe product that works great both immediately and cumulatively. Ever since I started using StriVectin-WF Instant Deep Wrinkle Filler I get the best compliments and they ask if I'm using injectible fillers and I laugh inside thinking "oh my gosh you have no idea!"