I got filler to hide ageing lines and was horrified when it caused my nostril to FALL off – now I have to wear a prosthetic to cover it
- Krysta Carson, 52, Washington, had jab after being mistaken for husband’s mum
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A woman who got face filler to hide her ‘ageing’ smile lines after being repeatedly mistaken for hubby’s mum was horrified when it went wrong and half her nose fell off.
Krysta Carson, from Seattle, Washington, says her doctor administered a ‘clumsy’ injection into a major blood vessel using too much filler, which caused her flesh to die and ‘melt off’ two weeks later.
The 52-year-old decided to get dermal filler after being mistaken for her husband’s mum three times in the space of two weeks – despite having had Botox for nearly 20 years.
Krysta says she had filler injected into her smile lines annually since 2016 and loved the results, before a vascular occlusion caused the skin inside her mouth, nose and around her left nostril to become necrotic and fall off.
Shocking footage shows how her entire nostril turned black and ‘rotted’, before Krysta was able to move it around as it was barely attached to her face anymore.
Krysta Carson (pictured) from Seattle, Washington, used procedures like Botox for many years without any problems
But after a doctor injected filler into a major blood vessel in her face, she was left looking disfigured
Now she uses a specialist prosthetic piece on her nostril, which has totally changed how she looked
Krysta (pictured) was inspired to get the procedure after people started thinking she was her husband’s mother (she is 10 years older than him)
The professional entertainer says she ‘lost the will to live’ after the shock disfigurement ruined her career of 30 year, despite her doctor claiming she would ‘be fine’ within six weeks of the incident.
Krysta says that thankfully her husband, 42-year-old Redd Gill, found a facial prosthetics specialist after staying up all night doing research.
Krysta has shared her prosthetics journey on TikTok to warn others of the potential dangers of dermal fillers and to show how she used makeup and jewellery to hide her scars.
Krysta said: ‘I had been having Botox since the 90s and loved that and had amazing results.
‘My husband is 10 years younger than me and after he joined me here [in Seattle], in a period of about two weeks I got mistaken for his mother three times.
‘I don’t know if it was my neck or my cheek or what was giving away the difference in our ages, but I needed to do something about this. I sought out filler in 2015.
‘I felt like I was really safe and in really good hands so I signed the consent form, which just had some warnings about bruising and swelling and a risk of infection.
‘I didn’t see anything else that concerned me at all.’
Krysta before she had the botched injection, which led to her having to get a prosthetic nostril on her face
Pictured a day after the filler was injected into a major blood vessel, and it is difficult to see that anything is wrong
However, days after the injection, the misplaced injection started to make the skin to rot and to fall off
Her situation got worse, with her flesh continuing to rot and fall off after the misplaced injection
Krysta’s nostril eventually fell off some time after the injection, which caused her flesh to rot and fall off
Krysta says she visited her doctor in 2020 for a routine filler session ahead of a wedding gig – but instead was administered an injection that left her permanently disfigured.
Krysta said: ‘When I got home that day [October 12 2020] I started feeling a strange numbing, tingling sensation. And it [my face] started getting really swollen and I started slurring my words.
‘It was getting progressively worse. In the morning I called the doctor’s office and they said to come in right away.
‘The doctor examined me and then left the room and came back looking very nervous. He told me he hit a blood vessel.
‘I was terrified and confused and just did whatever they suggested and waited for more information when I would go back to the office every day.
Krysta is pictured being fitted for a prosthetic nostril after hers fell off following the misplaced filler jabs
‘He still never told me that I could get necrosis and lose pieces of my face.
‘He kept saying it’s going to get worse before it gets better but you’re probably going to be fine in about six weeks.
‘I was very shocked when that day came along where I was dressing the wounds with the ointment that my doctor gave me and I saw the bottom of my nostril snap and detach from my upper lip.
‘It caused some PTSD when I witnessed my face burning and melting and falling off.
‘That was really terrifying. It was Halloween of 2020 the day that my entire left nostril just detached and was dangling there by a tiny piece of flesh. I was in shock and terrified.
‘When you hit a blood vessel it blocks it and freezes it. It’s similar to a frostbite injury. The flesh around it just dies and falls off.
‘I think [the doctor] was particularly clumsy and careless in his injection and because it was such a big amount and a major blood vessel, it caused an extra large amount of damage.’
Krysta says her mouth was swollen shut after the injury, leaving her unable to eat, which resulted in her dropping 30 lbs in just 30 days.
Krysta said: ‘My entire left nasal passage and the inside of my mouth also looked like that and felt like it was on fire.
‘I went to see another doctor who specialises in reconstruction surgery. He took my bandages off and handed me a mirror and said it’s not going to grow back.
‘That was a really rude awakening. I really didn’t realise until that day that it was just gone.
‘That was when I lost my will to live. I knew I couldn’t work. I’ve been working as a model and singer for 30 years and you can’t do a lot without a whole face.
This is the prosthetic nostril that Krysta has worn for two years. She has called her prosthetics person a ‘genius’
‘I haven’t been able to go back to work full time because I have such horrible breathing and breath support issues with my missing nostril and shrivelled nasal passage.
‘It was a great life until this happened to me. I really miss it.’
Krysta says she was unable to afford reconstructive surgery and has instead worn a prosthetic nostril for more than two years.
She is now saving up for new prosthetics that will fit her face better.
Krysta said: ‘I felt relieved when I saw the prosthetic for the first time. I was just so relieved and grateful that I had a face again. My prosthetics person is a genius.
‘I’m still screwed up and scarred and have to wear a fake nostril, but I can live a normal life.
‘It’s attached to a nasal stent so it’s a breathing tube with a tiny little nostril at the end of it.
Krysta says she doesn’t know how ‘how [she] would have survived any of this without the prosthetics
Now Krysta (pictured before the botched injected) wants to want others that these procedures can go wrong, so they should be safe
Krysta (wearing the prosthetic) says ‘it’s really important to me that this doesn’t happen to anyone else’
‘When I put the prosthetic in it opens up that shrivelled, scarred nasal passage. It’s functional as a breathing device.
‘I don’t know how I would have survived any of this without the prosthetics. They are amazing. I can’t wait for new ones.’
Krysta says she has stopped all Botox and filler treatments and embraced the natural ageing process three years ago.
Krysta said: ‘It’s really important to me that this doesn’t happen to anyone else. If I was using this for years thinking it’s totally safe, there could be people thinking the same.
‘I just want people to know about it and choose their doctor wisely – that’s so important.’
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