A young mother died suddenly after a “botched” lip filler procedure she had with a beautician she found on Instagram.
The 28-year-old, identified only as Dilber, had paid €180 (£157) for treatment which doctors believe caused a fatal reaction.
Her husband Murat said: “Now the little one has to grow up without her mom.” [and] My life has been taken from me!”
Her story adds to the thousands of others highlighting the dangers of unregulated lip filler procedures.
People have rotting tissue, lip amputations and lumps, and have gone blind from shady work.
After the procedure, mother-of-one Dilber from Vienna, Austria, experienced severe headaches.
Murat rushed his wife to the hospital, but the doctors reportedly refused to admit her.
Although she had severely swollen lymph nodes – a sign of infection – doctors sent her home, saying her condition would improve on its own.
However, Dilber only became more unwell and was finally hospitalized on October 13th.
She died the next day of heart failure, just two weeks after the botched cosmetic treatment.
Dilber’s family accuses the responsible doctors of negligence.
The victim’s mother told Austrian media: “We begged the doctor to finally let her in.”
The director of the Donaustadt Hospital, Lothar Mayerhofer, rejected all allegations in a press release on November 16th.
“There is clear evidence of a terrible autoimmune disease,” he said.
“The patient died during ongoing therapy. There was nothing we could do for them.”
He suspected that Dilber’s autoimmune disease was likely caused by the botched cosmetic procedure.
He said: “If there is one lesson to be learned from this tragic outcome, it is that it is dangerous to take amateur drugs.”
The chief physician at the Donaustadt Hospital, Regina Katzenschlager, said that Dilber reportedly visited the “Instagram beautician” a second time “while she was already being treated as an outpatient.”
The beautician, allegedly an unknown blonde from Slovakia, disappeared after the incident, according to media reports.
Dermal filler products are classified as medical devices in Europe, meaning they do not undergo the same level of clinical trials as drugs such as Botox (botulinum toxin).
Unlike Botox, dermal fillers do not currently require a prescription in Europe and the UK.
This means that they can be given and carried out legally by anyone, with no qualifications required.
However, MPs and professional bodies in the UK have called for the jabs to be made available on prescription to stop them being distributed so freely.
They also called for a comprehensive medical and mental health assessment to be carried out before the procedure.
Previously it was decided that fillers could not be injected without a license, in a victory for The Sun’s ‘Had Our Fill’ campaign.
However, you don’t have to be a doctor to get one.
The campaign has been calling for stricter regulation of the £2.75 billion industry since 2020.
Risks of lip fillers
As with any procedure, lip filling carries a number of health risks.
The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the procedure was performed correctly and what type of filler is used. Therefore, be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks associated with the filler he or she uses.
Serious problems are rare but can include:
- a lumpy appearance under the skin that may need to be treated with surgery or medication
- The filler moves away from the intended treatment area and may need to be surgically removed
- clogged blood vessels in the face, which can lead to tissue death and permanent blindness