I paid £170 for lip fillers and ended up with ‘deformed, rock solid sausage lips’ – The SunNovember 23, 2019
A TEEN was left with "deformed, rock solid sausage lips" that oozed green pus after having "botched" fillers.
Lauren Winstanley, 18, paid £170 to have the pout-plumping procedure after she was left feeling insecure about her "small" lips.
But days later, the carer says her lips had ballooned to triple their size and felt rock hard to touch.
Concerned for her own health, she was left with no choice but to call 999 and she was hospitalised for a week.
Lauren, from Wigan, Manchester, is now warning others about the dangers of lip fillers following her devastating ordeal.
She said: "I would never wish that pain on anyone, it was traumatising."
Lauren first decided to have lip fillers so that she could "properly" wear lip liner and lipstick – something she claims she was unable to do before.
Excited at the prospect of getting her dream look, she paid £170 to get 1.5ml of filler at her local salon last month.
And she was convinced everything would be alright as lots of her friends had been to the same salon for their fillers and said it had all been okay.
Lauren said: "I just wanted plumper, better lips. I like doing my make-up but I've never been able to do lipstick properly because my lips have been too small.
"I used to go to the salon to get my nails and eyebrows done and was told that they would soon start doing lip fillers so decided to get them done there.
"On the day, the beautician talked me through the procedure, I signed some forms and she put numbing cream on my lips before injecting them."
However, Lauren's excitement soon turned to horror when her lips rapidly ballooned to triple their size.
They started swelling straight away, when I looked in the mirror at them I was shocked because I'd never seen myself with bigger lips
She said: "They started swelling straight away, when I looked in the mirror at them I was shocked because I'd never seen myself with bigger lips.
"The beautician said the swelling would go down and I listened to her and thought 'fair enough'.
"They were hurting ahead of my night shift starting and over the next few hours they grew bigger and bigger and ended up triple the size they should be.
"When I left work my bottom lip in particular was massive and it was starting to feel really sore.
"I went to sleep but woke up in more pain and messaged the beautician and said I was worried about them.
"I started to panic and feel unwell so I went to hospital to get it checked out."
After frantically messaging the beautician about her lips and what to do, Lauren was assured that swelling was normal, that it may be a non-serious allergic reaction and to take antihistamines.
A day after having the fillers, worried Lauren went to the Royal Albert Edward Infirmary in Wigan where staff assessed her lips and sent her home with a course of antibiotics and painkillers.
But Lauren said the pain got steadily worse that evening and after dialling 999 the terrified teen was rushed to Whiston Hospital in Rainhill, Merseyside.
After Lauren's grossly swollen lips were examined, she was hooked up to an IV drip and underwent surgery to drain the infection and remove infected filler.
Lauren said: "I was crying because I was in that much pain, when I looked in the mirror I remember thinking I looked deformed, it was vile.
"My lips looked like rock solid sausages and felt bruised and were stinging.
"I started to feel sick, had a temperature and my neck and cheek felt bruised.
"I was put on IV antibiotics and painkillers straight away and they did blood tests, which showed I had Group A strep infection.
"I couldn't eat or drink as my lips were still triple their usual size and kept growing and filling with green and yellow pus.
I couldn't eat or drink as my lips were still triple their usual size and kept growing and filling with green and yellow pus
"They were that full under my lip you could see little white holes, which was the infection working its way out of my lip.
"I could feel my chin keep getting wet from the infection in my lip leaking out.
"When the doctor tried draining them while I was awake I ended up screaming and crying. I begged them to put me to sleep while they drained them as I was in agony.
"When I looked at myself in the mirror it knocked me sick, my lips were disgusting.
"I have really bad low self-esteem as it is and this was making me feel worse. Thinking I could lose my lip was also freaking me out."
Lauren spent a week in hospital before being discharged with antibiotics and painkillers.
Devastated Lauren says she is still dealing with the after-effects of the procedure including lumpy lips, a partial loss of sensation and pain when she presses down in her lower lip.
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Make sure the treatment is carried out in a clean, safe and appropriate environment.
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Lauren claims she's since learned that the beautician had been reportedly trained just five months earlier, and in hindsight would have gone elsewhere for treatment had she known she had little previous experience.
The teenager is now sharing her ordeal to urge people to do their research before going under the needle and so no-one goes through what she has.
Lauren said: "I wish I'd have paid extra and had it done by someone medically trained like a dentist or dermal nurse.
"I've since found out that she'd not even been doing them for five months when I had them done.
"It's put me off getting them done again in future.
"I never thought they would go back to normal, it was a horrible experience.
"My lips look alright now – I can cover them up with lip liner and lipstick to make them more even – it's more how they feel.
"They're all lumpy and when I press down there's a sharp pain in my lower lip and the bottom left-hand side of my lip feels slightly numb.
"To anyone who is thinking of getting their lips done, do your research properly.
"Go to someone who is medically trained and who is able to deal with any problems that might occur."
Professor Ash Mosahebi, Council Member for The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, said: “Giving treatments in a non-clinical environment without backup and emergency facilities is hazardous even in the expert hand.
"When this is combined with poorly trained practitioner then it is a recipe for disaster.”
The salon owner was contacted for comment and said that she thought the swollen lips were due to an 'infection' Lauren caught and was not related to the filler.
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