A woman claims she almost lost her nose and lip and has been left permanently scarred due to botched filler.
Horrified Leah Morton, 26, from Liverpool, was told by medics she was most likely going to lose the tip of her nose and the top of her lip after she developed necrosis.
The bank worker claims her nose turned white and ice-cold as the flesh began to die and rot away.
Time was crucial in saving Leah’s nose and after going to A&E a few days after the procedure on April 29, Leah was eventually prescribed hyperbaric oxygen therapy to save as much of her nose as possible.
Horrified Leah Morton, 26, from Liverpool, claims she almost lost her nose and lip and has been left permanently scarred due to botched filler (pictured before)
Leah was told by medics she was most likely going to lose the tip of her nose and the top of her lip after she developed necrosis (pictured while in hospital after)
Leah says that she has had this treatment every day for the past 30 days, which has saved the shape of her nose, and down to her bottom lip, however the colour has not yet come back and her face is permanently scarred.
She has decided not to name the individual or clinic who injected the filler. Leah said she is speaking out about her experience because she wants to warn others about the dangers.
She added: ‘I have had filler before in my lips, but I decided I wanted to get the treatment done to my nose because I have always hated the shape.
‘So on April 29th, I went to the salon to have the procedure done. I wasn’t told of any risks or repercussions, it was just injected straight into my nose.
‘I went home and that evening I felt so much pain and pressure on my nose. I didn’t sleep at all that night because it felt so uncomfortable and I was weirdly having nightmares that my nose was going to fall off.
Leah has had hyperbaric oxygen therapy every day for the past 30 days, which has saved the shape of her nose, and down to her bottom lip, however the colour has not yet come back and her face is permanently scarred (pictured now)
‘The next day I checked my face in the mirror and the tip of my nose was pure white and ice cold to touch.
‘I messaged the lady who did it for me the next day to see if this was normal and she told me she wasn’t worried about it at all and it looked fine.
‘But she said that if I was that worried I could go and see her friend whom she said was a nurse and she would dissolve it for me, as she was away. But she insisted I shouldn’t be losing sleep over it.’
The next day Leah visited the practitioner, who was a friend of the woman who’d originally injected Leah’s filler, to dissolve it in her nose because she felt sure something wasn’t right.
Leah told how the procedure was excruciatingly sore, adding: ‘I had never felt pain like it. I felt intense pressure up to my eyes and I was crying when she was massaging my nose to dissolve it.
Leah, pictured before, said she is speaking out about her experience because she wants to warn others about the dangers
The bank worker claims her nose turned white and ice-cold as the flesh began to die and rot away after having the filler (pictured)
‘Once I had got home I was still in so much pain and there was so much pressure. It still felt blocked but I tried to get some rest because I thought that now it was dissolved it would be okay. I was so wrong.
‘I woke up on Sunday morning and there were lots of little white blisters around my nose which I discovered was the start of necrosis. My nose had started to die.
Necrosis: the death of body tissue that cannot be reversed
Necrosis is the death of body tissue and occurs when too little blood flows to it. It can be caused by a number of external sources including injury, infection, cancer, infarction, poisons and inflammation.
Black necrotic tissue is formed when healthy tissue dies and becomes dehydrated, typically as a result of blood flow (and thus oxygen) being restricted or reduced in a part of the body.
Necrosis cannot be reversed. When large areas of tissue die due to a lack of blood supply, the condition is called gangrene.
‘The white blisters were spreading by the minute and my mum and dad were desperate for me to go to A&E. I did some research on social media and I found a girl in Essex who had been through something similar.
‘She told me my nose was dying and that I needed to get to a clinic in Birmingham, called the Consultant Clinic, straight away as they would be able to help me.
‘I got on the motorway and I have never been more stressed. They dissolved my nose for me properly but told me that I needed to go to A&E for antibiotics and further treatments because they confirmed I had necrosis.
‘A blood vessel in my nose had been blocked with the filler which had caused vascular occlusion.’
After arriving at the hospital Leah says she was told she just had a skin infection and that she could go home. However, medics from the Consultant Clinic insisted it was more serious, so Leah said she wasn’t happy to go home because she feared she was going to lose her nose.
‘Eventually medics agreed it was necrosis, and that they had never seen anything like this before,’ she explained.
‘They took a thermal image of my nose and the tip and down towards my lip was completely white, meaning no blood was getting to it. They said that they were really worried that I was going to lose the tip of my nose and my top lip if we didn’t act fast.
‘It felt like I was living through a nightmare. I was absolutely terrified. I am a young girl, I couldn’t imagine losing my nose and lip.
After arriving at the hospital Leah says she was told she just had a skin infection and that she could go home. However, medics from the Consultant Clinic insisted it was more serious, so Leah said she wasn’t happy to go home because she feared she was going to lose her nose
So far Leah has been able to keep the shape of the tip of her nose and her bottom lip, however the skin is damaged and uneven and she is not sure whether she will get any colour back
‘I was then told that I needed hyperbaric oxygen therapy immediately in an attempt to save my nose as much as they could, and I have been having this treatment every day for 30 days since.
‘I am currently on a break from it as it can cause blurred vision.
‘I also haven’t been able to go to work since any of this happened due to the treatment and my awful anxiety as a result of the ordeal.’
So far Leah has been able to keep the shape of the tip of her nose and her bottom lip, however the skin is damaged and uneven and she is not sure whether she will get any colour back.
As a result of her painful ordeal, Leah said her anxiety has been ‘through the roof’ and she’s not been able to work
She added that while she is over the worst of it and is extremely lucky she didn’t lose her nose, she is permanently scarred on her face.
Leah added: ‘I’m usually a really confident girl, but I haven’t wanted to leave my house at all for the past six weeks.
‘My anxiety has been through the roof and I have been so stressed about everything. It has been unbearable. I would never get filler in my nose ever again. It is just not worth the risk.’
The salon was contacted for a right of reply.