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A Dublin clinic's latest Insta post is a huge reminder that you should only get lip fillers from a professional

This is not something you should trust a friend of a friend to do.

IT’S DEFINITELY BEGINNING to look as though fillers have had their day. 

Celebs are ditching them, and last week’s Late Late Show featured the harrowing testimony of Carol Bryan, who was left severely disfigured after a dermal filler procedure went wrong. Carol Bryan had previously worked as a model, and was talked into getting the treatment to keep an edge as competition from younger models crept up on her career. Unfortunately, she had a horrible reaction to the fillers, which she discovered were permanent and had been used on her in a way that wasn’t recommended by medical professionals. 

It’s easy to look at Carol’s case and think, “Oh, well dermal fillers are a bit more extreme, there are no risks with lip fillers.” Unfortunately, that’s not entirely true. Last night, The Consultant Clinic, an aesthetic clinic run by doctors with branches everywhere from Dublin and London to Dubai and Los Angeles, shared another horror story to their Instagram. 

They wrote: 

When we say we have the worst case we’ve ever seen in our careers, we mean it. This patient was treated by a beautician in her home and her labial artery fully occluded. Her lip turned black and she was told it was just “bad blood” and told it was nothing to worry about. What happened? Well, her lip actually fell off. 

You can probably imagine what’s coming next.

Serious warning here that the content below is EXTREMELY graphic. 

To give unwitting viewers who are scrolling without properly reading another chance to get out, we’re just going to stick in The Consultant Clinic’s initial post about this case.

Okay, absolute final warning here. This isn’t pretty. 

The Consultant Clinic added:

Whilst it’s true that any practitioner, even highly trained – can be responsible for an adverse event – the chances of a doctor not recognising ischaemia and necrosis are infinitesimally smaller. Non medics and beauticians will never be able to spot nor manage complications effectively. They cannot prescribe, and with emergencies like this, the clock is ticking and time is of the essence. 

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🆘🚨NOT OUR WORK🆘🚨 ! We post for public interest and your safety and information - to make you aware of exactly what risks you're taking by choosing a non medic as your injector. This middle Eastern patient, wanted fresh lips for a family wedding but went to a beautician to get them, in a non-clinical home setting. The beautician, couldn't have done a better job of an intravascular injection if she had tried, and blocked off her arterial supply, by injecting a huge blob of filler into the vessel, starving it of oxygen and life. The lips became ischaemic, and were agony, and the troubled patient presented to the beautician, whom repeatedly told her "don't worry, it's a collection of bad blood that will settle", and sent her away. The tissue of her lip rapidly died and rotted on her face, and yes you can see correctly - actually FELL OFF. Right before one of the most important days of her life. Whilst it's true that any practitioner, even highly trained - can be responsible for an adverse event - the chances of a doctor not recognising ischaemia and necrosis are infinitesimally smaller. Non medics and beauticians will never be able to spot nor manage complications effectively, they cannot prescribe, and with emergencies like this, the clock is ticking and time is of the essence. Is this a risk you really want to take with your face, the essence of your identity and self-esteem? Thank you so much to the lovely @dr.alaa_aref for allowing us to use her images, and for helping to raise awareness

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While lip fillers still do (and always will) appeal to people, and can do a great deal to help improve confidence in a lot of cases, it’s worth educating yourself on the potential risks – particularly what can happen if you do not get lip fillers from a licensed medical professional like a doctor, nurse or dentist. If you notice any complications, you should get in touch with a doctor immediately. 

Sometimes your symptoms won’t be as obvious as the ones presented by the patient above, but if you’re in any kind of doubt or feel that something’s not right after getting lip fillers, it’s best not to take the chance. 

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