Woman's Death After Botox Injection Highlights Dangers of Procedure
Although Botox injections are mostly harmless, minor side effects are still possible — and so are incidents like this.
According to Chinese newspaper Lianhe Wanbao, a 32-year-old Singaporean local property agent Lau Li Ting died upon receiving a Botox injection last Wednesday, March 13. Reports are still inconclusive as to how the injection caused Lau's unexpected death, although her father attributed it to heart failure. This recent incident has highlighted the numerous Botox dangers inherent in the treatment, and serves as a warning to others thinking of carrying out a similar treatment.
It all started on March 8, Friday morning, when Lau dropped by a licensed beauty clinic based in Marina Bay for her Botox treatment. Lau had also reportedly undergone a similar treatment before. The medication that was utilized in the Botox injection has not yet been named.
As allegedly claimed by the aesthetic doctor who administered the injection, Lau started shivering after the treatment, and later was found unconscious in the clinic. Before she was sent to Singapore General Hospital (SGH), the doctor additionally recounted that her heart had already stopped beating.
The incident soon spiraled out of control, as the clinic later called Lau's father to alert of the incident at around 3 pm, according to Lau’s mother. Not long after, SGH also called to inform the parents that their daughter was in an extremely critical condition, as they attempted to save her.
Unfortunately, the ordeal ended the following Wednesday evening, as Lau fell into a coma state and left on life support for the next five days until she died.
Since then, Lau’s family has lodged a police report in the midst of an ongoing investigation.
Lau's family are reportedly crushed by her sudden death. According to her mother, Lau was the eldest among four children and is described as a cheerful and independent individual.
Before working as a property agent over the last few years, she gave private tuition for close to a decade.
As she awaits the results of the investigation, Lau’s mother will not make any uninformed assumptions or strip anyone of visitation rights.
This incident serves as a stark wake-up call to anyone looking to undergo any beauty treatment, as her mother reminded all ladies to place safety above beauty.
“Women are naturally vain, but safety is still above all, I hope there won’t be such another tragedy again," Lau's mother said.
It is imperative to understand what to expect before undergoing any medical treatment.
The botulinum toxin contained in Botox is harmful, but as it is only injected in tiny, targeted doses, the procedure is still considered safe overall.
Although Botox injections are mostly harmless, minor side effects are still possible. Also, as effects of Botox injections are temporary, most get repeated doses over a period of time.
However, the verdict is still out on the long-term efficacy and safety of the treatment, even though the overall risk is minimal.
Side effects could vary according to the individual, for example:
- pain, swelling, or bruising
Meanwhile, side effects could also be focused on a particular area, for example, the eye area could experience:
- excessive tearing
- drooping eyelids
- dry eyes
- uneven eyebrows