The world of cosmetic surgery has become so accessible these days that women are getting botox touch ups at lunch time to prepare for the weekend. With so many clinics offering anti-wrinkle injections and fillers, what was once only afforded to the rich and famous is now within easy reach of the everyday person..
Carol Bryan from Florida, visited her cosmetic surgeon to have dermal fillers put into her cheeks after being told she lacked fullness. The results were disastrous to say the least! She was injected with two different fillers in an area she shouldn’t have been and her face was left swollen and disfigured. So bad was the reaction, that Bryan was left blind in one eye and at one point contemplated suicide because she looked so ‘hideous’.
During an interview with The Independent, she said “I felt like I had the head of an alien, my forehead was so heavy that it fell and covered my eyes so that I could not see unless I taped or held up my forehead.”
This wasn’t Bryan’s first venture with cosmetic surgery- in fact she had been receiving regular botox treatment since her late 30’s. But in 2009 at age 47, her cosmetic doctor recommended she try fillers to replace some of the fullness lost in her face.
The results left her so depressed that she hid away in her apartment for three years. It was only after her daughter’s constant nagging that she went decided to go to LA to seek help and have corrective surgery.
Unfortunately the corrective surgery on her forehead damaged her optic nerve and caused her to go blind.
She said: “The pain of the corrective procedures is not quite describable. Then, years later, with the multiple surgeries to my face, each one was just as painful as the one previous.
To anyone reading my story, I hope they will understand first that they are beautiful just as they are and deserve to be loved. Our collective perspective on beauty is so flawed that it is increasingly rare to meet someone who sees his/her own beauty.”
Bryan is using her experience by helping others who are dealing with disfigurement due to cosmetic surgery. In her role as director of Face2Face Healing, she hopes to help others both emotionally and physically move on from their pain and suffering. Bryan wrote in her testimony to the organisation: “I have done so well at overcoming many challenges and now I can help others. I think that this focus and feeling will help me along my continued journey. I would love to be able to participate through Skype in your support group meetings when you get that set up.”
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