Safety concerns over vlogger demonstrating self-injecting of dermal fillers

Safety concerns have been raised in the aesthetics industry today as the Safety in Beauty campaign highlighted the dangers of how-to-style YouTube videos demonstrating advanced procedures.

In one particular video, a woman shows viewers how to inject their own faces with dermal fillers. Referring to herself as “The Duchess of Dermis”, the woman can be seen injecting her face with dermal fillers in a video entitled “Dermal filler injection technique on yourself”. In the video she tells viewers that her “goal is to teach you how to inject yourself so you don’t have to go to a plastic surgeon, dermatologist [or] doctor.”

At just over four minutes long, the video shows her using a needle filled with a hyaluronic acid filler to inject the nasolabial folds on either side of her face while she talks through what she’s doing.

Though the video has been live since September last year, it was brought to Professional Beauty’s attention by Antonia Mariconda, founder of the Safety in Beauty campaign, who said: “The potential for disaster [from self-injecting] is real and serious”. She added that complications of dermal fillers range from rashes, swelling, itching and bruising to the blocking of a blood vessel, potentially leading to tissue death or permanent blindness.

Image: Duchess of Dermis Membership Site/YouTube