Woman Loses Vision in First-Ever Dermal Filler Case; MOH & HSA Investigating


The accidental injection of a dermal filler into the bloodstream resulted in a woman losing her vision in what is believed to be the first reported case of its kind in Singapore.

The distributor of the dermal filler, AestheFill, has stated that this incident was caused by a blood vessel occlusion during the procedure, inadvertently leading to the administration of the product into the bloodstream.

According to reports, the woman received the dermal filler AestheFill, designed to temporarily reduce wrinkles and folds in the skin, at a clinic in Redhill on July 20. She is reported to be a Singaporean in her 30s.

The Health Sciences Authority (HSA) confirmed the incident on July 29 and has been investigating whether batch-related defects may have impacted product safety and quality.

The Ministry of Health (MOH) is also conducting its investigation into the case of blindness resulting from the administration of AestheFill in July. Due to ongoing investigations, the MOH has not released further details at this time.

The distributor of AestheFill, Parvus, emphasized the importance of seeking consultations from qualified medical practitioners with proper training in administering dermal fillers for those considering such aesthetic treatments. They encouraged patients to discuss any concerns with healthcare providers and fully understand the risks associated with any medical procedure.

The clinic where the incident occurred has been closed since Tuesday, and several clinics continue to offer AestheFill, though some patients have been requesting appointment cancellations or rescheduling in light of recent events.

Dr. Pek Chong Han, a consultant plastic surgeon, explained that complications from aesthetic treatments often arise from the administration technique rather than the product itself. He highlighted the elevated risk of blindness when injections are performed near the eyes, nose, and glabella (the area between the eyebrows and above the nose), all of which are dense with blood vessels. Dr. Pek stressed that immediate emergency treatment is crucial in cases of vision loss due to such blockages in blood vessels.

As investigations by the MOH and HSA continue, the Singapore Medical Council is closely monitoring developments and will take appropriate action if necessary. Patients are advised to exercise caution and consult with healthcare professionals when considering dermal filler treatments.

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