Woman Says Her Lips Quadrupled In Size After Botched Filler
A woman is warning people to take care after a botched filler injection caused her lips to quadruple in size.
Rachael Knappier feared she would lose her top lip and said nurses laughed at her during the 'terrifying ordeal'.
Speaking on This Morning, the 29-year-old said she was given the injections at a Botox party after a friend had recommended it.
She said: "It was fine. I went to bed. I woke up at two in the morning and saw what you see in those pictures.
"My lips touched my nose. They quadrupled in size. The pressure and burning on my lips was unbelievable."
Frightened, Rachael rushed to A&E but says hospital staff couldn't believe what had happened to her and burst out laughing.
She said: "They hadn't seen anything like it before. I've turned up to A&E with this huge thing on my face.
"I'm telling them I'm having an allergic reaction, which is what I thought was happening. Three doctors said I'd actually had the filler injected into my artery."
Three days after the botched injection, Rachael's lips finally went back down to normal size, but she is now campaigning for tighter regulations surrounding the procedure and wants to warn of the dangers, saying: "Protect before you inject."
According to the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS), there has been a steep rise in the number of unregulated procedures - often with no qualifications required to administer filler injections in the UK.
Dr Tijon Esho joined Rachael in the studio and revealed he had been contacted by children as young as 13 looking for lip fillers.
The doctor said Rachael was lucky not to have lost her top lip and urged people to only ever have the procedure done by a medical professional.
He warned: "She was lucky it was identified as this and had the right agent to dissolve the filler. Many people have life-changing injuries because of this."
Rachael is not the first person in recent months to have fallen victim to botched Botox.
Last year a young mum warned people against lip filler treatment after she says her swollen lips left her looking like the 'Elephant Man'.
Billie Roocroft, 23, had never been happy with her 'thin' lips and after seeing celebs flaunt their own, she decided to go for a fuller look.
But she says the £120 ($94) offer for 1ml of filler, which was given in her living room by a mum and daughter, left her swollen, in pain, and racing to A&E.
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