Finally…The Lee Aspirator
For Physicians, Nurses, and PAs–Who Do Cosmetic Filler Injections
It once seemed nearly impossible to aspirate back on the syringe with one hand–when injecting cosmetic wrinkle fillers like Juvederm and Restylane–until the July 2016 invention of The Lee Aspirator*, first demonstrated at The Aesthetic Show 2016 in Las Vegas. Aspirating back, or pulling back on the plunger, reduces the risk of inadvertently injecting into a blood vessel and stopping blood flow, minimizing the risk of accidently causing necrosis, ulcers, and permanent blindness. Indeed, the FDA just issued a startling Safety Notice (See Below) after receiving increasing reports of these catastrophic complications throughout the country–which may have been prevented by safety measures such as The Lee Aspirator.
Garry R. Lee, MD, one of the Top Cosmetic Filler Physicians in the USA and the WINNER of The Aesthetic Award for Best Facial Injectable Enhancement in the USA, invented this Patent Pending Safety Attachment with the Osprey Design Group after realizing how important it was to increase the safety of Cosmetic Filler Injections. He is an International Aesthetic Medicine Lecturer and Physician Instructor, and is an Internationally and Nationally Published Aesthetic Medicine Magazine Author, as well as the 2016 author of First Book of Aesthetic Microcannula for Cosmetic Fillers and MILA, an Amazon.com Medical Procedure Best Seller.
Osprey Design Group is now deciding upon whether to independently manufacture and distribute the Lee Aspirator or to do so in partnership with the many major aesthetic medicine corporations which have expressed an interest. It fits all Allergan Juvederm syringes and is currently being designed for Galderma’s new Restylane syringe. Physicians, nurses, and PAs who would like to be on the Waiting List for the very first Lee Aspirators may email us at LookYoungerMD@gmail.com.
*An ergonomic hand and finger attachment engineered to fit precisely onto cosmetic injectable filler syringes; pending a proposed FDA ruling in 2017 to see if it meets the criteria to be classified as a non-medical ancillary product to devices.
“The Lee Aspirator is a patent-pending safety device that snaps onto cosmetic injectable syringes, allowing providers to aspirate the syringe with one hand during dermal filler injections. The customized Thumb Ring lets you pull back on the plunger with minimal movement, and the Finger Clip prevents your fingers from sliding during aspiration The reusable aspirator fits all Juvéderm and Restylane syringes and is being designed to fit the new Restylane Refyne & Defyne syringe.”
FDA Safety Communication. Date Issued: May 28, 2015
Unintentional Injection of Soft Tissue Filler into Blood Vessels in the Face
Recommendations: For Health Care Providers:
- Do not inject soft tissue fillers if you do not have the appropriate training or experience.
- Make sure that you are familiar with the anatomy at and around the site of injection, keeping in mind that blood vessel anatomy can vary among patients.
- Before injection, thoroughly inform the patient of all risks of the procedure and the specific product you intend to use.
- Note that the approved indications for use of soft tissue fillers vary depending on the product. The FDA may not have reviewed use of soft tissue fillers in some locations in the body.
- Take extra care when injecting soft tissue fillers, for example inject the product slowly and apply the least amount of pressure necessary.
- Know the signs and symptoms associated with injection into blood vessels, and have an updated plan detailing how you plan to treat the patient if this should this occur. This may include on-site treatment and/or immediate referral to another health care provider for treatment.
- Immediately stop the injection if a patient exhibits any signs or symptoms associated with injection into a blood vessel, such as changes in vision, signs of a stroke, white appearance (or blanching) of the skin, or unusual pain during or shortly after the procedure.
- Tell patients that they should seek immediate medical attention after the procedure if they experience signs and symptoms associated with injection into a blood vessel.