LOVE Island star Faye Winter says she won’t age gracefully – but hopes others learn from her ’embarrassing’ filling mistakes.
The 28-year-old said she had a “massive wake-up call” when she saw herself on the reality TV show’s seventh season in 2021.
“My [lip] The fillings were massive,” she told The Sun, adding that she suffered from ruptured blood vessels, swelling and lumps in her lips.
“Everyone has seen my lips on the show, everyone knows what they look like.
“And now I’m actually thinking, yeah, it’s embarrassing to look back and see what I’ve done.
“Seeing myself on TV was a massive wake-up call.
“My mom, my sister and my dad have been telling me for ages, ‘Faye, your lips are really big, don’t get any more of them.’ [filler]’ and I said, ‘Shut up, you don’t know anything.’ In fact, they were deadly serious.
“But all I can really do now is help other people learn from this and also try to change these regulations because it’s a multi-billion pound industry.”
Faye, who supports The Sun’s ‘Had Our Fill’ campaign and calls for changes in the cosmetics industry, said she ‘botched up Botox at a bargain price’ just days before entering the mansion.
“My whole face fell off,” she said. “I have not had a brow bar or an eye lift.
“It was frozen in a frown position. I didn’t have any movement in my face at all, which is just scary because I didn’t know when it was going to come back and neither did he [the practitioner].
“It was just awful and I knew I was going to get on the show and at that point I was literally crying every day because I was like, ‘How do I do this?’
“Everyone always says, ‘You don’t look anything like your promotional photos.’
“Yes, because it wasn’t my face. I didn’t have an eyebrow shape.
“I didn’t have my eyes because it was so heavy on my head.”
Despite her regrets, Faye is still receiving “tweaks” — though she’s far more conscious of who she’s performing her procedures on.
She said her original filler dissolved, but due to the stretching of her lips, they wrinkled and “looked like I’d smoked 85 cigarettes in the last 80 years.”
She also said it was a shock to see her small lips again and she was conscious of her looks.
This resulted in a small amount of filler being applied to her again.
Faye added, “I still get botox done, I’m very open and honest about it.
“I don’t want to age gracefully with wrinkles, and that’s okay. This is my choice.
“I will now only go to someone who has medical training and no longer to a beautician.
“I now go to a dentist who trained for years before turning to aesthetics.”
CALL FOR CHANGE
Faye, from Devon, is campaigning for stricter regulations in the UK against people offering procedures without full medical training.
There are currently no laws prohibiting anyone from picking up a needle and spraying filler in Britons’ faces.
The Sun’s Fabulous Had Our Fill campaign, launched in 2020 in partnership with Save Face, has detailed dozens of botched cosmetic procedures that are the result of lax rules.
Botox is considered a prescription medicine in the UK, meaning that it should be prescribed and administered to a patient by a qualified prescriber (a healthcare professional).
However, it is commonly injected by people with no qualifications at a cheap price – and there is a severe lack of government oversight.
Non-medical practitioners and beauty therapists may only have a few days of training.
Social media and reality TV are largely blamed for fueling demand in this dangerous industry.
Don’t fall for cheap offers
Faye, who tied for third place with her ex-boyfriend Teddy Soares, said the first time she had lip fillers was with a trained medical professional and she was over the moon with the results.
But searching for cheaper options on Instagram — which often advertises giveaways as well — led her to seedy clinics that only wanted cash payments.
According to Sun research, a staggering 70 percent of women and girls desperate for lip fillers choose their doctor through social media.
Faye claims one practitioner who claimed to be an anesthesiologist turned out to be a real estate developer and another who claimed to be a dentist only worked at the front desk of a dental office.
“It’s so easy for people to lie in situations like this,” Faye said.
Faye didn’t feel too well informed about the potential risks of fillers, which largely depend on whether the procedure was done correctly.
She also claims that the clinics encouraged her to get trimmings on other parts of her face, like the jawline and cheeks.
“I’ve never felt great,” she said. “I’m lucky that I’m a strong person and I said no, I just want my lips worked.
“On the other hand, if you’re younger and don’t have the confidence, and then someone tells you what you should have done with your face so that you’re lining your pockets with money, that’s really dangerous.”
“I think we’ve come to a point where we should be paying attention to the younger generations and if I can manage to get them to learn through my face and also get the government to recognize this as a huge problem , then I will continue with it.” ”
Were we fed up?
The Sun’s Had our Fill campaign wants the government to:
- Make fillers illegal for anyone under the age of 18
- Create a register for the public in the UK to find reputable practitioners.
- Crack down on social media sites promoting the procedures
There have been great victories; From October 2021, the administration of fillers or botox to persons under the age of 18 will be punishable by law.
And companies can no longer promote products like lip and face fillers to under-18s on social media.
It will soon be illegal to inject Brits with Botox and lip fillers without a license in a bid to stamp out shady vendors.
But ministers earlier this year rejected recommendations to make fillers like Botox prescription-only.