botched lip fillers

Botched Lip Fillers Leave UK Mom With Duck Lips

It used to be that everyone wanted Angelina Jolie lips. These days, it’s Kylie Jenner we aspire to become. But whoever’s lips may be your fave, one thing’s for sure: thick, plump lips are #goals. Unfortunately, botched lip fillers prove that there’s such a thing as too thick.

Kelly McVicker, 35, is a mom from West Yorkshire, UK. She booked a lip filler treatment earlier this year, in March. Kelly spent £90 (113 USD) for a beautician to inject her lips with fillers, all from the comfort of her home.

Unfortunately, she ended up rushing for medical help instead.

The horror story

Kelly reported that she was repeatedly ‘punctured’ by the beautician in order to inject a total of 1.5ml of lip fillers. The beautician was booked through a Facebook page that has since been deleted.

“It was painful, but at first, I could take it. As she did more and more, it got to the stage [where] my legs were jumping with the pain,” Kelly said.

“I’d never had [lip fillers] done before so I just thought it was normal and that she knew what she was doing.”

According to Kelly, her lips began swelling rapidly during the procedure. The beautician assured her that ice would calm them down, however.

A day later and with no improvement in sight, Kelly messaged the beautician and sought for advice. The beautician drove her to a friend who she said could dissolve the filler.

“[My lips] were getting bigger and bigger, and I could hardly talk because they were so sore and swollen. It was horrendous,” she said.

Even after removing some of the fillers, Kelly was still left horrified “My top lip was way bigger than my bottom lips as she could only remove so much My lips were all black and blue.”

The mother of five chose to hide at home for three weeks because of how disfigured her lips ended up becoming.

“The few times I went out, I would put a scarf over my lips,” she explained. “I just felt like people were looking at me. I still can’t go out without thinking people are looking and laughing.”

The learning experience

Fortunately, Kelly is using her painful experience to help enlighten others.

“I feel that the law should say that only medically qualified people can [perform lip filler procedures],” she said. “She could have killed me.”

“I used cold sore cream on [my lips] as I couldn’t wear anything [else] on my lips. Now, I have to wear lip balm constantly all through the day because my lips are really dry.”

What’s heartbreaking about stories like these is they do the opposite of what beauty services should do. Whether it’s lip filler, liposuction, or microblading, the goal is the same: to make women feel better about themselves.

Unfortunately, for people like Kelly, the exact opposite happened.

Better alternatives to lip fillers

If it’s thicker lips you want, then consider the following alternatives to lip fillers:

1. Exfoliate

Dry, flecky lips reflect less light, which can make your lips look smaller than they actually are.

To get rid of those pesky flecks, exfoliate by brushing your lips at the end of your toothbrush routine (yes, with your handy toothpaste and toothbrush!) You can also opt for store-bought exfoliators, but your brush works just as well.

2. Use hyaluronic acid.

As we age, our skin cells produce less hyaluronic acid (HA). This leads to dullness, fine lines, and even uneven tone and texture in the skin. The lips also lose their plumpness and youthfulness.

But don’t worry—a slew of hyaluronic acid products have recently hit the market. Find a lip moisturizer that has HA, and your peckers will thank you for it.

3. Make up big lips with makeup.

Kylie Jenner used to overline her lips to make them look bigger (back before her lip filler days). Who says you can’t do the same thing? Apply concealer to your lips then trace your lips slightly outside your natural lip line.

You can also highlight your lips by  using a white lip crayon in the middle of both your upper and bottom lips. This will give your peckers a subtle lift, giving you naturally looking bigger lips.

4. Get lip microblading.

If you want a less invasive procedure to help plump up your lips, then look no further. Microblading can make your lips look bigger while also giving you a permanently flushed color. It’s like putting on lip tint once and having it never come off.

With only annual appointments to maintain your lips, you can bid tiresome makeup routines farewell. No more anxiety about stepping out without makeup—you already look good without it anyway.