Has Anyone Use the New HA Dermal Filler Called "Expressions" and What Are Your Comments?

  • susan mckibben
  • 2 years ago

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Help… About 80 days ago my wife had Expression injections into her lips and under her eyes. Both areas experienced swelling. The most dramatic being her lips, looking grossly, deformed. We subsequently learned about the FDA warning. Too little, too late ;-) The person who did the injections is a board-certified Physicians Assistant and she prescribed anti-inflamatiries resulting in the everything looking normal within about 4 days. New Problem… About three weeks ago a ridge developed under her eye. It varies in size and shape from day to day but is essentially an 1 inch long, 1/4 inch wide and 1/8+ inch thick. If your a doctor, I'd appreciate your counsel… Thank you!
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i had it injected about 6 months ago,and it lasted maybe 3 months if that....and when i found out it was not FDA approved...i tried to contact the office that did it and they would not return my calls or have anything to do with me...they got their money and thats all there was to it...Thank the Lord it didnt cos any adverse reactions...and it just dissipated on its own without lumps or anything else...
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It is difficult to decipher between product available especially when it is being sold and touted as the next great filler and encouraging and educating providers purchase and sell such fillers. How many products to we use now off label?
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Disgusting...if I'd known that it wasn't even an FDA approved filler, I would have never allowed the dermatologist to use it on me. Another day, another guinea pig from which to make money.
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Buyer beware!
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I absolutely hated it. It was painful and the swelling was horrible.
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I know that is horrible .it was so painful and the swelling was awful.
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The FDA just released this statement about Expressions:

A Safety Communication has been posted titled, "Adverse Events Associated with Use of Enhancement Medical's "Expression" Intranasal Splint as a Dermal Filler." The FDA has become aware of adverse events associated with the use of Expression (also known as Expression Injectable) as a dermal filler, and these events have included swelling, tenderness, firmness, lumps, bumps, bruising, pain, redness, discoloration, itching, and the development of hard nodules. The FDA has not approved this product for use as a dermal filler and recommends that health care providers stop using Expression by Enhancement Medical LLC as a subcutaneously administered substance. To read the Safety Communication, please see: http://www.fda.gov/MedicalDevices/Safety/AlertsandNotices/ucm407900.htm
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It is very important for the Realself community to understand the importance of dealing with ethical physicians and surgeons. A "new" product that no one else is offering is an immediate red flag. If you have never heard of a product no matter how great it sound, don't agree to be injected. Unfortunately this has become a reoccurring story with unscrupulous individuals looking to make a fast buck by injecting unapproved drugs and filler devices that harm the public. If you have never heard of the product, give yourself a cooling off period. Go home and do your research. Once you have checked it out and know what you might be getting, you will be far less likely to be taken advantage of. Products like Juveni, Bio-Alcamid, Silicone oil, and others are being using inappropriately on trusting individuals in the United States. These products have been proven to be harmful. If you are not sure, please say no. These products can't be reversed or dissolved. Surgery is often the only way to remove these products and often reconstructive surgery is needed after the removal of these products. Save yourself and don't be a first adopter. Know who your injector is and what product they are proposing to use. See the sealed packages. Stay safe and if you are not sure about a product or service, post a questions on Realself for the straight story!
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Very useful info- thanks for sharing.
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I had very bad reaction last December. Would never use again.
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I would bet that this product will be taken off the market soon and there will be pending litigation. This product was only approved for use in the nasal cavity after surgery. It was never approved for use as a dermal filler. Although physicians frequently use products "off label," this is one that was never approved for injection and would have been really risky to try. I would discourage anyone from trying this product other than for its intended use. The FDA just released a statement today warning against using it as an injectable filler. The company was even promoting it as such which will bring a severe penalty from the FDA. Again, do not use this product for a filler!
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Thank you for that info.
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Please reply to below comment at this email address or post for community. Thank you.
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Channelle137
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The email address below is incorrect. I'll repeat my question, has anyone sued this Company or their place of injection over this horrible experience?
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unfortunately not. I'm hoping this fall when things are in a better place. That office didn't even do a follow up.
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Not yet but it's in the making. The office didn't even do a follow up or inquire about the healing process. NOTHING -
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Has anyone sued this Company or their place of injection on these horrible experiences? I am going through them now.
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Due to the large number of complaints, as of 7/3/2014 ALL lots of "Expressions" have been recalled and no longer being recommended for use as a dermal filler. The company cannot guarantee the correct amount 20 mg/ml of HA per syringe. Some vials were over concentrated with HA and caused the adverse reactions you are reading from the comments below.
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KAM, is it a certain batch? Like, is there a time period when you received it that you should be worried about? Thank you.
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At this point the company cannot guarantee and batch or lot has the correct amount of HA per syringe. That is why they have recalled all it. The problem was too much HA concentration in some of the syringes and many patients experience severe swelling and other adverse side effects soon after it was injected. If u have been injected with expressions and didn't experience anything bad initially then you should be fine.
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This bigger problem is that this product was NEVER approved for injection. You are HOPEFULLY correct in that if someone has experienced no ill effect from a previous injection, they should be fine. However, granulomas may still form overtime. This has also happened in the past with injectable silicone (and still continues to happen with the off-label use of a product used for correcting retinal detachments). My advice is to stay away from this product and hope for the best.
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I had this filler in November of 2013 and it was my first time ever using filler. My face and lips swelled up for 3-4 days to the point I looked deformed. I was very scared as my doctor said there wasn't supposed to be any reaction. After about a week and when the swelling went down my lines were still there and even worse on the left side of my face. It's like my body absorbed and broke down the product after my initial adverse reaction My doctor stated it happened to a few other patients and that it was a "bad batch". He has since switched back the perlane. I would never recommend using this product and see that others have had similar experiences. I don't think these are coincidences.
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Had injection to chin area, was ok that night. I use ice, etc. Next day major swelling, very bad bruising and modules that lasted for several weeks. Doctor said was a bad reaction. Definitely not for me.
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