This Los Angeles woman never expected to end up disfigured after a routine visit to her cosmetic surgeon's clinic.
"I was attractive," said Carol Brian, 50. "I felt confident. I was comfortable with who I was."
She started getting Botox injections for the lines between her eyes since she was in her 30s, Brian told the syndicated daytime series, The Doctors.
She said her doctor then introduced her to a new silicone filler, that promised to be more permanent than the products she had been using before.
But, she said the procedure backfired, and over the next several years, her face swelled and inflamed around the foreign substance, leaving her face deformed and in pain.
"For the last six years, I have not been in public without my [sun]glasses," Brian said.
Dr. Drew Ordon, who hosted the segment along with Dr. Justin Piasecki and Areva Marin, an expert on social and legal issues, speculated Brian's doctor had used non-medical grade silicone during her procedure.
"Injecting silicone anywhere in the body will be a problem, if not sooner, later," Ordon told InsideEdition.com. "It's never been approved. [Silicone injections] were being done behind closed doors and in Carol's case, I'm 99 percent sure this was not medical grade silicone."
He explained silicone is an especially tricky substance to work with since it tends to intertwine with the body's normal tissue. Instead of simply taking out the silicone, doctors had to remove her tissue, skin and fat "down to the bone" in order to eliminate most of the silicone that was injected years ago.
"She still has silicone in her face, it's impossible to remove it all," Ordon explained. "It's an ongoing thing. She's much better, though. It's a step in the right direction."
Tune into The Doctors on Wednesday, January 18 to find out more about Brian's journey in healing. Check local listings or visit their website for more information.