Friday, 16 October 2015

Botched Lip Fillers

You have probably heard and read a lot about botched fillers and here's what botched lip fillers look like. Apart from the swelling, there's horrendous lumps each side of the top lip and in the middle. Not pretty eh?

This is not what lips should look like post treatment! While there is always the possibility of swelling, bruising and bleeding from the injection sites which will subside 48-72 hours post procedure, these lumps should not be there!

It is possible to have a lump after injection that will settle in a couple of days but it's clear to see in these pictures these are lumps! 

These lumps didn't subside post treatment and they didn't reduce when massaged! These lips needed correcting and even though this was 3 years ago - the lumps are still there but are now camouflaged with more filler to even out the top lip. When the filler breaks down, the lumps become noticeable. 

The most annoying thing about this botched procedure is everytime I fly - YES, you read that right - these are my lips! 

Everytime I fly, my top lip swells. For the first year it was so embarrassing and despite being annoyed, it really got to me and was always noticeable on landing! I didn't inject myself either! Just in case anyone thinks I did! This was the work of a medical professional. I put trust into someone to inject me as I feel more comfortable with someone else do it rather than me attempting to do it! Hindsight!

It took weeks for these lips to settle...Initially, I couldn't eat or drink unless it was through a straw! With the swelling brought pain and my best friend for a week was Codeine!

The bruises on the lips are needle marks! Notice the horrendous swelling of the top lip! It made the lip look distorted! 

When the initial swelling subsided and the lumps had settled a tad - the lumps were still visible. Below is just before they were corrected with additional filler to camouflage the lumps. I had another medical colleague fix these. Worked well! 

I've decided to share these pictures now to warn people about the importance of researching the treatment, researching the person that's treating you and to ensure that they're medical with expertise, knowledge and experience. Don't accept practitioners that can talk the talk but cannot walk the walk!

Im not naming and shaming, I'm a professional but this did happen and while the topic of lip fillers is trending due to celebs like Kylie Jenner, I want to highlight that this procedure can go wrong!

Non Surgical doesn't mean it's safer than Surgery and it certainly doesn't come without risks and potential complications but getting the correct aftercare is key! This highlights that anyone can have botched procedures - I'm a medical professional working in this industry - I call it the lived experience but it's how it's dealt with afterwards is the important factor! 

I had to sort myself out - the injecting practitioner didn't want to know! Enough said! Mistakes can and do happen, To Err is Human but as I said its how the complications are handled that is crucial. This separates the men from the boys!

You guys only have 1 face, don't let the cowboys ruin it! Research and if you're in doubt don't proceed! X