Woman’s lip filler accidentally injected into her artery

If you’ve ever considered getting lip fillers, this woman’s horror story will probably make you grateful that you didn’t.

Rachael Knappier of Leicestershire, UK, witnessed her top lip swell to twice its size following a lip filler injection at a Botox party.

The 29-year-old rushed to a hospital in London, where a medical team treated the vascular occlusion by injecting her lip with a dissolving agent.

Rachael has since discovered that the beautician lied about the type of filler she used.

Here’s the full story.

How it happened: Lip filler accidentally injected into her artery

Rachael was at a friend’s Botox party back in August when she decided to get fillers for her lips. The party had a beautician in attendance, administering the Botox and fillers to partygoers.

The British woman’s top lip swelled to twice its normal size following the injection. Prompted by this development to go to a hospital, Rachael discovered that the problem wasn’t an allergic reaction.

The problem was the lip filler accidentally injected into her artery.

A lip filler horror story, a Botox party background

“My friend had raved about this beautician and how great she was, so I decided to go ahead,” Rachael told The Sun.

“The beautician—[whom] I assumed at the time was a nurse—didn’t ask me to sign any consent forms, so alarm bells should have rung,” she added. “But being at a party with friends took away all the seriousness of having filler injected into my face.”

“The combination of the party atmosphere, my own naivety, and the beautician’s lack of training meant I could have lost my lip.”

Botox parties are becoming increasingly common in the UK, partly due to Botox being cheaper at parties than at a clinic. Lip fillers average at £300 in the UK, but Rachael got hers for only £220 during the party.

The Sun estimates that the UK sees more than a million Botox procedures annually. It also says that this number is only bound to rise.

Beauty and empowerment

“[The beautician] noticed the bump on my lip when she was doing my Botox and said she could inject a bit of filler for me if I wanted her to,” Rachael relayed.

“To be fair, she told me to go and have a think about it in the kitchen, but she’d found my weakness,” she added. “My lip is the one thing that really bothers me about my appearance.”

The desire to “fix” her lips lead Rachael to agree to the beautician’s offer of lip fillers. Rachael has a permanent bump on her lip from an encounter with a door back from her childhood.

Beauty enhancement procedures are safe in the hands of licensed professionals. However, Botox parties create an environment where women can be peer-pressured to an operation they would otherwise research about first. The ingestion of alcohol at such events can also impair judgment.

Cosmetic doctor Jane Leonard told The Sun that this isn’t the first time she’s encountered a victim of Botox parties gone wrong. The combination of unlicensed and untrained beauticians plus low-quality products often results in complications.

There are two problems that I commonly see in women who’ve had treatment at a party,” Dr. Leonard explained.

“Either they are dissatisfied with the results such as lumpiness in the filler or drooping from Botox, or they have a medical issue such as a blockage in the blood supply in the face, which is an emergency.”

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