Woman says she was left ‘bleeding profusely’ and had ‘severe swelling’ after having filler in her nose that blocked her arteries as documentary exposes the risks of unregulated procedures
- Faye Page, of Essex, was left with blocked arteries from a nose filler gone wrong
- Suffering a severely bruised face, Faye recalled her ordeal for BBC Breakfast
- Followed a clip from BBC Three’s Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business
A woman who appears in a documentary exposing the dangers of unregulated thread lifts and Botox procedures has revealed how she was left with blocked arteries from a nose filler and told her symptoms were just because she was ‘cold’.
Faye Page, from Essex, had been having face fillers for the past decade when she decided to try a new non-medical clinic after her usual place was fully booked.
But after having a last-minute nose filler, Faye started to suffer from a rash and soreness across her face – only to be told by the beautician who had performed the procedure that her symptoms were due to her being ‘cold’.
However, not happy with the diagnosis, Faye called her usual practitioner, who quickly confirmed she had blocked arteries, which eventually caused severe bruises and redness to come up under her eyes and on her nose.
Faye recalled her ordeal for BBC Breakfast today, following a clip from BBC Three documentary, Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business, which explores the surge in popularity of such treatments.
Secret filming showed how an undercover nurse was certified to perform non-surgical face lifts after just five hours of training online and a day in-person, which saw blunt needles used to perform treatments, a patient’s blood vessels being punctured several times and unhygienic standards.
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Faye Page (pictured), from Essex, was left with blocked arteries from a nose filler gone wrong
Faye (pictured) recalled her ordeal for BBC Breakfast today, following a clip from BBC Three documentary, Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business, which explores the surge in popularity of such treatments
Speaking on the programme, Faye recalled: ‘I usually went to a nurse, but she had become busier and busier, so on this particular day I went for Botox at a local clinic, non-medical.
‘Its Instagram looked amazing, which is what I went off of. And I decided to have a nose-filler on the day, at the last minute, which I’d had done previously before and it had always been fine.’
But Faye explained how the practitioner failed to tell her any of the risks, and she only knew of them because of previous appointments elsewhere.
She said: ‘She blocked my main artery twice and failed to notice that she had. She let me go. I went back twice in seven hours because I was bleeding profusely from the injection site.
‘There was swelling and I had a rash appear on my face. I was told that I was absolutely fine, that I was probably cold and just to go home and go to sleep and it would be better in the morning.
‘I went home and didn’t feel any better about what she’d told me so I contacted my original girl who I usually went to and within seconds she was on the phone to me telling me I had to go to her right now. The blockage was quite bad and in two places,’ she concluded.
Secret filming showed how an undercover nurse was certified (pictured) to perform non-surgical face lifts after just five hours of training online and a day in-person
Faye explained she helped the BBC Three documentary in the hopes of raising awareness about the dangers surrounding the treatments.
She said: ‘I’ve been having filler for years, about nine, ten years, I’ve been having it done. Once that happened to me I just really wanted to spread awareness on how wrong this can go.
‘The industry is on the rise, it’s everywhere you go now, it’s becoming the norm, and the risks aren’t put out there enough.’
It comes as secret filming exposed the dangers of unregulated thread lifts and Botox procedures, which are being taught online or at one-day training courses for as little as £150.
Experts warn the beauty treatments could cause ‘irreversible damage’ if done incorrectly, and therefore pose a risk to the public if being carried out by novice students.
The revelations have come to light in a new BBC Three documentary, Under the Skin: The Botched Beauty Business, which explores the surge in popularity of such treatments.
After having a last-minute nose filler, Faye (pictured) started to suffer from a rash and soreness across her face – only to be told by the beautician who had performed the procedure that her symptoms were due to her being ‘cold’
It also raises concerns about how such training courses are almost entirely unregulated.
Despite the use of needles and the potential for serious complications, an aesthetic practitioner does not need any mandatory qualifications, meaning anyone can go on a basic training course and the be allowed to perform the treatments.
The investigation found 26 cosmetic training academies in Liverpool alone which offered courses costing up to £5,000, but also as little as £150.
Some courses involved several days of face-to-face training, whereas others were simply a couple of hours online.
MailOnline has also found a series of examples of sites offering similar courses, with some even selling ‘less regulation than in the NHS’ as one of the benefits.
The BBC sent a nurse undercover to one academy, where it said a number of disturbing processes came to light – including an apparent lack of attempt to control infection, with tutors performing procedures on a chair instead of a clean bed.
It comes as secret filming (pictured) exposed the dangers of unregulated thread lifts and Botox procedures, which are being taught online or at one-day training courses for as little as £150
Footage reveals a patient’s blood vessels being punctured several times, leaving her bleeding and in audible pain.
BOTOX: THE FACTS
Botox, short for ‘Botulinum toxin’, is a neurotoxic protein made by the bacterium Clostridium botulinum.
It is one of the most potent poisons known to humankind.
Botox halts the release of a chemical messenger in the body that is involved in the activation of muscles.
While it can be used to relax muscles and treat issues from spasms to overactive bladders, it has become known for its cosmetic potential.
By relaxing face muscles, Botox can cause wrinkles to relax and soften, albeit on a temporary basis.
Meanwhile it also shows the teacher taking a phone call in the middle of the treatment and asking the undercover nurse to film her doing the work so it could be posted on Snapchat.
Chris Wade, chairman of the Association of Aesthetics, Injectable and Cosmetics, told the documentary: ‘The needle was just barbaric in the way it was it wasn’t actually introduced to the skin at the right depth or the right level…I would have liked to stop this procedure now. It should not go ahead.’
Ashton Collins, director of Save Face, added: ‘There’s no explanation from the tutor here as to what’s going on. This girl is bleeding profusely, she’s having to touch her neck as she can feel the blood running down. There’s no attempt to clear that up.’
The undercover nurse, named only as Jemma to protect her identity, has more than 20 years of experience in the industry.
She said: ‘The bottom line is no student would have left there with the technical, or practical capability to provide safe and comprehensive treatment – a total danger to the people they choose to treat sadly. I never expected it to be that bad.’
The academy where the filming took place told the BBC ‘the safety of our customers and quality of our training are of the highest priorities’.
A spokesperson added they were concerned to learn of the BBC’s allegations but claimed they did not have sufficient detail to respond more fully.
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