A woman warned of the dangers of cosmetic treatments after nearly losing her lips when filler injections went wrong.
Gem Wilson, 20, from Cheshire, was left with swollen and bruised lips after a lip filler blocked a blood vessel.
The University Student decided to get her first lip fillers on May 15 at a clinic in Droylsden, Manchester.
After the procedure, her lips swelled up, but the… nurse applied an ice pack and insisted nothing was wrong — and that the swelling would subside in a few days.
A woman nearly lost her LIPS after filler procedure went wrong as she warns others of the dangers of cosmetic surgery
A few hours later, Gem’s lips turned white and gray and felt extremely painful—and she knew something wasn’t right.
She said: ‘The nurse said I had a bruise after I put the injection in my lip and that I had nothing to worry about and it would go away in a few days.
“But my lip felt extremely large and swollen. It started to turn white and gray, so I face-timed my parents right away on my way home to see what they thought.’
Gem, a student of criminology and sociology at the University of Liverpool, added: ‘My lips felt extremely swollen and sting a lot.
Gem Wilson, 20, from Cheshire, was left with swollen and bruised lips after a lip filler blocked a blood vessel
The university student decided to get her first lip fillers at a clinic in Droylsden, Manchester, on May 15, but after the procedure, her lips began to swell and bruise.
“It started to feel a little painful and my lip got bigger and bigger. It was extremely uncomfortable.’
Gem was in excruciating pain, so her parents called 111 and an ambulance was sent for help.
She was diagnosed with vascular occlusion, a condition in which blood can no longer flow through a blood vessel in the lip.
The paramedics told Gem her condition was an emergency and the nurse from the aesthetic clinic was asked to come by with an injection of 2mm of hyaluronidase hyaluronic acid, which is used to reduce tissue damage.
A few hours later, Gem’s lips turned white and gray and felt extremely painful, so her parents called 111 and an ambulance was sent for help.
She said, ‘An ambulance with three paramedics arrived. Fortunately, people knew about lip fillers and immediately diagnosed vascular occlusion.
‘Vascular occlusion is the most feared complication of aesthetic treatment and occurs when blood can no longer pass through a blood vessel.
“This paramedic called my injector and explained that she had to come to my house immediately to inject hyaluronidase, while the other two paramedics were doing tests to make sure I was okay.
“I was blanching at this point and turning blue around my mouth.”
She was diagnosed with vascular occlusion, a condition in which blood can no longer pass through a blood vessel in the lip
Finally, the nurse who had given her the fillers came to her home and she received the injection.
She added: ‘This was excruciatingly painful and the numbing cream had already worn off, making this the worst pain I’ve ever experienced.
“The three paramedics stayed for several hours to make sure I was okay because my heart rate was high on the first test, and they wanted to watch over my injector to make sure she was doing okay.”
Gem’s lips were badly bruised for over two weeks, but are now back to their original size – however, she is still traumatized by the incident.
She recently uploaded a video to her TikTok page advising users against using lip fillers and keeping their face as it is
She added that if others are considering lip fillers, they should be aware of the “big risks.”
Gem said, ‘If you are insecure about your lips like I am, please give it more time and try to love as you are.
“This taught me a very hard lesson, I could have lost tissue in my face and my lips completely if my parents hadn’t acted quickly and called 111.
“But if you go ahead, please understand and know the risks so that if this happened you would know right away.”
Gem said the ordeal taught her “a very hard lesson” and added that if others were to consider lip fillers, they should be aware of the “great risks”
She recently uploaded a video to her TikTok page advising users against using lip fillers and keeping their face as it is.
Her video has garnered more than half a million views and 37,300 likes, with users praising the young woman for speaking out and warning others about the risks of the procedure.
“So sad that women feel the pressure to put themselves at risk for things like fillers etc. You are so beautiful before you didn’t even need to,” one wrote. [sic]
‘This video needs a lot more attention, girls need to learn the risks of fillers, it’s so dangerous! I’m really home, you’re okay! Sending love,’ someone else added. [sic]
‘Thanks for sharing this! I know you can get a lot of comments with this sort of thing, so thanks for doing it anyway and looking out for others,” added another person.
What is Vascular Occlusion?
A vascular occlusion occurs when blood can no longer pass through a blood vessel.
It can be caused by an internal obstruction, such as a blood clot, or a foreign body, such as filling material.
The dermal filler is either injected into or around the artery so that blood flow is reduced or stopped.
If this complication occurs, there will be blanching immediately, when the tissue turns white.
Pain is most often associated with vascular occlusion.
If treatment is not initiated to improve vascular flow, the skin will appear blue. It will eventually turn black and surgery will be required.
Treatments include injecting the area with hyaluronidase, which dissolves hyaluronic acid.