Woman’s facial burns from trying TikTok beauty trend

23rd September 2021

Don’t try out everything you see on social media. Big Brother star, 21-year-old Tilly Whitfield, learnt this lesson the hard way.

After watching a viral TikTok faux-freckles beauty trend, Tilly used a sewing needle to prick her skin with brown tattoo ink ordered over the internet. Unfortunately, due to unexpectedly high lead levels in the ink, she suffered facial scarring and temporary blindness.

Tilly’s burn marks were the reason she subsequently appeared on the Big Brother reality TV show wearing a blue clay mask. £8,500 later, Tilly has still not found a cure for the harm caused by the application of a dangerously toxic substance on her face.

Whether self inflicted or resulting from a treatment by a beauty therapist that’s gone wrong, take your own learnings from Tilly’s mistakes by only undergoing beauty procedures when you understand upfront the potential risks in their entirety. You should know how to proceed if you experience injury after being let down by a beauty salon or clinic too (as detailed below).

It goes without saying (but we’ll say it anyway!) that replicating what you observe in social videos, viral or otherwise, is ill advised. That’s because not only do you rarely see the full story, just an edition version, you also won’t be confident that the social media star is a reliable, trusted source. Take what you view online with a pinch of salt and seek guidance from a recommended beauty therapist instead.

You can talk to our expert legal team any time to discuss your options regarding suing a beauty therapist, and we’ll take on your case on ‘no win, no fee’ terms to pursue a compensation claim for scarring and sight loss, like Tilly, or for any other disfigurement. Our guide to how to sue a beauty therapist might prove useful here. Get in touch by emailing enquiries@beautytreatmentclaims.co.uk, calling 0800 141 3682 or 0333 202 6560, or completing our online enquiry form.

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