how do I know if I have a vascular occlusion after lip filler?

A vascular occlusion is a serious complication that can occur after lip filler injections. It occurs when a blood vessel is blocked, which can cause tissue damage, loss of blood flow, and in severe cases, even tissue death.

It’s important to be aware of the signs and symptoms of a vascular occlusion, so that you can seek medical attention immediately if you suspect that you may have one. Some common signs and symptoms of a vascular occlusion include:

  1. Pain: A sudden, severe pain in the treated area is one of the most common signs of a vascular occlusion. The pain may be accompanied by a burning or tingling sensation.
  2. Swelling: A sudden, significant increase in swelling in the treated area is another common sign of a vascular occlusion. The swelling may be accompanied by redness and warmth.
  3. Discoloration: A sudden change in skin color in the treated area, such as a blue or purple discoloration, is another sign of a vascular occlusion.
  4. Numbness: A loss of sensation or numbness in the treated area is another sign of a vascular occlusion.
  5. Ulceration: In severe cases, a vascular occlusion can cause an ulcer to form on the skin, which can be accompanied by a foul odor and discharge.

If you experience any of these symptoms after a lip filler treatment, seek medical attention immediately. An Aesthetics professional will be able to evaluate your condition and provide the appropriate treatment to help minimise the risk of tissue damage and promote healing.

It’s also important to note that vascular occlusions are rare but serious complication, and it’s important to have your filler treatment performed by a qualified professional who has proper training and experience.

You should contact the practitioner that did the treatment immediately, unfortunately A&E are not equipped to manage vascular occlusions that occur due to filler treatments. Mollie Elise Aesthetics will ALWAYS support any practitioner or individual if they are concerned about a vascular occlusion.

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