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I’ve heard filler can cause blindness. Is that true?
Skin Institute
September 7, 2017

Yes, blindness is an extremely rare complication of dermal filler treatment, caused by filler inadvertently being injected into an artery and travelling to the back of the eye. It’s incredibly rare, but a single case was recently reported in NZ, with about 100 cases reported worldwide out of millions of treatments. We know treatments of the nose and “glabella” area (between the brows) are higher risk. The risk associated is estimated about 1 in 20,000 – similar to the risk of blindness with upper eyelid surgery.

At Skin Institute, we believe the key to preventing the extremely remote chance of blindness is to take it very seriously. Our Appearance Medicine doctors, Dr Hans Raetz and Dr Sarah Hart, have been acting to improve safety standards for years, campaigning for better dermal filler regulation in NZ and teaching safer injection techniques to minimise the chance of blindness. We have educated our team with the latest techniques and developed policies to prevent and treat blindness. We are committed to ensuring you are in the safest hands for your filler treatment.

Dermal filler treatments should be a positive experience, enhancing your well being. We believe you’ll get best peace of mind when treated by out highly trained doctors and nurses, supported by specialist surgeons and dermatologists, in our accredited, well – equipped medical clinics.


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