A woman’s lips became three times bigger than normal after she had a severe allergic reaction to a $350 lip filler.
Basia Query, 24, of Las Vegas, Nevada, went into suspected anaphylactic shock after getting her third lip filler.
Shocking footage showed her upper and lower lips swelled to a ‘huge’ size, leaving her feeling ‘uncomfortable’ and with an ‘itchy’ throat.
She was rushed to hospital where medics feared her condition could be fatal, and gave her an epinephrine injection via an Epi-Pen to keep her airway open.
Ms Query said the swelling was the “scariest thing ever” and has vowed never to turn to cosmetic surgery again.
It is thought that the hyaluronic acid chemical fillers caused anaphylaxis when the immune system released a torrent of chemicals in response. Hyaluron is cheaper than other versions done at beauty salons.
Basia Query, 24, of Las Vegas, Nevada, saw her lips swell to three times their normal size, causing her fears they would be cut off after having an allergic reaction to fillers
Doctors at the hospital diagnosed her with an allergic reaction and gave her an epi-pen injection. Lips have calmed down now but remain ‘super bruised’
Ms. Query says she’s now sworn off lip fillers forever and also a botox appointment she canceled next month
She is pictured above on social media before getting the lip fillers. Her parents were described as ‘quite angry’
What are lip fillers and what happens if they go wrong?
Facial and lip fillers (dermal fillers) are substances that are injected to fill lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas such as your lips or cheeks
Fillers are not permanent. How long they last depends on the type of filler and where it is injected, and they usually last between 6 and 18 months
Most dermal fillers contain a natural substance called hyaluronic acid
Having fillers is usually safe if done by an experienced and suitably qualified practitioner
The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the procedure was done correctly and the type of filler used. Talk to your practitioner about the risks
Serious problems are rare but may include:
– Infection a lumpy appearance under the skin, which may need to be treated with surgery or medications
-The filler moves away from the targeted treatment area, which may need to be removed with surgery
Scarring blocked blood vessels in the face, which can lead to tissue death and permanent blindness
Ms. Query went to get her lip filler at her regular clinic on October 21.
She had been twice before with no problem.
Unlike other lip fillers, the hyaluron pen does not use a needle.
Instead, it uses high-pressure air to force chemicals into the skin.
Once inside, the hyaluronic acid works by attracting water molecules to the area that binds to it, causing the skin to swell by increasing its water content.
The effect lasts for about six months.
Ms Query said that after her appointment, her lips “blew out almost immediately” and became “really uncomfortable.”
Within about two hours they had reached three times their original size.
Mrs. Query rushed to the pharmacy – with a mask to hide her lips – to get histamine.
She was then rushed to a hospital emergency room by her friend Gage Dodds, 24.
She was seen within five minutes by doctors who gave her an Epi-Pen to calm the reaction and then some IV drops.
She was kept in the ward for three hours before being discharged.
Her lips are much less puffy now, but she says they remain “very bruised” after the experience.
She said the reaction was caused by lidocaine, an anesthetic used to numb pain she hadn’t received before.
In rare cases it is possible to have an allergic reaction to this.
Of the response, she said: “I was terrified and thought ‘what if they cut my lips off, or stay that way forever”. I didn’t know what to do.
“I’d never seen lips that big, and the woman who did my lips said other people had had a reaction, but never this big.”
She shared her experience on TikTok, where it went viral and was viewed more than 17 million times.
“I shared it because friends said it was funny,” she said, “but I didn’t know it was going viral and now I’m being trolled.
“A lot of people tell me to just love yourself, and some make fun of it, but I’m making fun of myself and I don’t even read the comments.
“I won’t do it again, I’m done getting fillers. I was also supposed to get botox next month, but I canceled it.’
Ms. Query has not yet requested a refund for the procedure.
She added: “I’ve learned to always research what I’m putting in my lips. It’s the same with botox or a boob job, it’s different for everyone.”