A YOUNG woman had lips that doubled in size and a saggy face after a botched lip filler.
Jessica Burko, 28, was offered a free procedure after winning an Instagram sweepstakes, but what should have been a treat took a rather unfortunate turn.
“I started freaking out when I got back to my car and my lips were twice as big,” said Jessica, a model and office manager.
When viewers shared the before and after pictures on TikTok, they were horrified as over 11.5 million saw the results.
“It hurt like hell, which was weird because I knew it wasn’t supposed to be,” said the social media star from Los Angeles, USA.
“My skin turned extremely red almost immediately, and I knew it wasn’t normal.”
In a separate video, she claimed a syringe “hit a vein” and her lips “swollen.”
Jessica later went to another beauty salon to have her break up.
She said: “After I resolved, my lips sagged quickly and my face was saggy, but after a full week I was back to normal.”
The young woman was then given filler again and returned to her original injector.
The model warned her followers not to accept filler from anyone just because it appears it’s “good business”.
“Please do your research. When you find someone you love and who does a great job, stick with them,” she said.
“If you plan to go to someone else, be sure to ask questions and make 100 percent sure they can accommodate your needs or know how to do the job you want.”
The video received over 820,000 likes and thousands of comments from shocked users.
Spizama commented, “That’s why you don’t go to anyone other than a doctor!”
“My biggest fear, I’m sorry this happened to you! I hope you are well and have no further complications,” Chantelle commented.
“Oh my god this looks so painful,” Stephanie wrote.
“Kylie Jenner,” said someone else.
Unlike Botox, dermal fillers currently do not require a prescription in the US and UK.
This means that they can be legally given and performed by anyone, with no qualification required
However, MPs and professional bodies in the UK have called for the injections to be prescription-only to prevent them from being so liberally distributed.
They also requested that a comprehensive medical and mental health assessment should be carried out prior to the procedure.
Previously, it was ruled that fillers could not be injected without a license, a victory for The Sun’s ‘Had Our Fill’ campaign.
However, you don’t have to be a doctor to get one.
The campaign has called for stricter regulation of the £2.75 billion industry since 2020.
Risks of lip fillers
As with any procedure, lip augmentation comes with a number of health risks.
The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the procedure was performed correctly and what type of filler is used. So, be sure to talk to your doctor about the risks associated with the filler they use.
Serious problems are rare but can include:
- a lumpy appearance under the skin that may need to be treated with surgery or medication
- The filler moves away from the intended treatment area and may need to be surgically removed
- clogged blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness