It’s 18 years since the actress Lesley Ash first brought lip filler treatments into the spotlight. In 2002, Lesley underwent a lip implant procedure that went horribly wrong and left her with badly swollen lips for which she was cruelly described ‘trout pout’. Lesley is now an active campaigner against cosmetic surgery and was recently featured on the Lorraine TV show advocating growing old naturally.
Perhaps testament to the growing pressures faced by women (and men) to look perfect and the ongoing selfie craze, lip fillers are more popular today than ever before including amongst younger women such as teenagers.
Despite the bad press surrounding lip fillers, there remains little regulation in place and operations are often performed in a non-clinical environment by someone without medical training which the British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons claims is ‘hazardous even in the expert hand’. According to Lesley, who’s launched a two-part series called ‘Cosmetic Surgery Nightmares’ for ITV, one in ten Brits are considering cosmetic treatments.
It was reported recently that an 18 year old from Wigan, Lauren Winstanley, paid £170 for lip filler injections at a salon which gave her ‘sausage lips’ three times their normal size and oozed green pus.
Although assured by her beautician that the swelling was a normal, non-serious allergic reaction and could be resolved with antihistamines, Lauren went to hospital the following day and was prescribed a course of painkillers and antibiotics. Later, when the pain became unbearable, Lauren visited hospital again, this time undergoing surgery straightaway to get rid of the infection and remove the fillers, being hospitalised for a week overall.
With Lauren’s reasons for having lip filler treatment being low self esteem and a desire to wear lipstick properly on ‘plumper, better lips’, far from achieving her desired goals, she actually ended up feeling traumatised by the ordeal which has left her with ‘lumpy’ lips, a ‘sharp pain’ in her lower lip when pressed and ‘slightly numb’ feeling on the bottom left hand side.
Lauren eventually found out the salon owner had only been trained five months previously and possessed limited experience injecting fillers. She documented her nightmare in order to urge other women to do their research before embarking upon lip filler surgery, stating she’d ‘never wish that pain on anyone’.
At Beauty Treatment Claims, our advice to individuals who find themselves in a similar situation to Lauren is to get legal representation by a specialist law firm and pursue a claim for compensation. Compensation goes some way to recompense for distress caused and recover expenses paid such as correctional treatment.
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