Woman nearly lost her lip after fillers injected at a 'botox party' caused mouth to swell twice its normal size
The beautician accidentally injected the lip filler into an artery which resulted in Rachael Knappier's mouth swelling up and also cutting off the blood supply to her lips.
A woman's lips swelled up to around twice their normal size after she had dubious lip fillers injected into them while attending a 'Botox Party' in a friend's living room in August.
Twenty nine year-old Rachael Knappier wanted to have the wrinkle-erasing injection in her forehead but after a couple of glasses of Prosecco chose to have her lips filled for an estimated £220. The beautician accidentally injected the lip filler into an artery which resulted in Knappier's mouth swelling up and also cutting off the blood supply to her lips.
After the botched up procedure, she contacted a cosmetic surgery expert who warned Rachael that she could very well end up losing her top lip if the tissue starts to die. Around three days later, she was in a lot of pain as doctors injected her lips with a dissolving agent.
It took an additional three months for her mouth back to normal. Rachael had earlier had Botox in her forehead and had even had a small dose of filler in her top lip to help even a bump out. Although she had hoped to get the small dose 'topped up', she had no intention of getting the injection at the party until the beautician had noticed and pointed out the bump on her lip which Rachael believes is her 'weakness'.
As reported by The Sun, she shared, "There was fizz and cake and it was a bit of a conveyor belt with girls sitting in the kitchen waiting their turn with local anesthetic cream on their faces. The beautician – who I assumed at the time was a nurse – didn’t ask me to sign any consent forms so alarm bells should have rung. But being at a party with friends took away all the seriousness of having filler injected into my face."
"One injection upwards towards my nose was very painful. Within a few hours I began to feel unwell, my lips swelled like nothing I'd ever seen before and the pressure was unbearable," Rachael added.
Once the reaction kicked in, Knappier video-called the beautician in distress who told her to go to the A&E. Given that her lips are finally back to normal, Rachael shared that she will never attend another Botox party again.
When it comes to Botox and fillers, they make up around 9 out of 10 non-surgical treatments which are performed in the UK.
At specialist clinics, lip fillers can cost around £300 but are also available on the high street for around £99. A spokeswoman for the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons, Nikki Milovanovic, warns that even though it is a prescription only medicine, many illegal and illegitimate 'practitioners' are able to get their hands on Botox online. When it comes to the legal aspect, fillers can only be injected by a clinician or under their supervision.
"Botox can only be injected by a prescribing clinician or under their supervision as it’s a prescription only medicine, but the problem is that many unscrupulous practitioners can get hold of Botox - or counterfeit products - online, and then administer it in non-clinical settings, anywhere from parties to ‘pop-ups’ and pub car parks. Almost anyone can take qualification courses required to inject dermal fillers, which can be as short as half a day," Nikki added.
"But fillers are unregulated so there's nothing stopping people from using the public as guinea pigs. Often the person administering injections is unable to recognise complications, let alone treat them," she continued.