Mother left with giant duck lips after filler op

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A woman claims she was left looking like a duck and feared her lips would drop off when they doubled in size after an allergic reaction.

Sophie Heaslip, 25, from Brentford, Greater London, went to get the filler in her top lip dissolved last week as lumps had developed, intending to get them filled again in the near future.

But as soon as the £100 procedure was over Sophie said her lips ballooned and the colour ‘went’ from them.

When she arrived home an hour later, the mother-of-one claims a black blister bubbled up on the right side of her mouth alongside smaller bumps.

Before: Sophie Heaslip, 25, pictured before her allergic reaction. She now says she will never get her lips done again

Before: Sophie Heaslip, 25, pictured before her allergic reaction. She now says she will never get her lips done again

After: Sophie was left with a black blister on her lip after suffering an allergic reaction to the filler

After: Sophie was left with a black blister on her lip after suffering an allergic reaction to the filler

The 25-year-old frantically sent pictures to her practitioner hoping for some advice, but claims she didn’t hear back until the next morning and was simply told to ‘keep an eye on it’.

Over the next few days, the full-time mother’s lips swelled further, leaving her looking ‘like a duck’.

Sophie said: ‘I went to a practitioner I’d been to before when I last got my lips done.

‘I had lumps in my lips from previous filler that I’d had. She didn’t do a patch test or anything, but she did say that people could have an allergic reaction.

‘I thought ‘I’m not allergic to anything, I’ll be alright’. She gave me some antihistamines to take afterwards with water.

‘She put the dissolvent in and I could feel the stinging straight away, it was so bad.

‘The procedure only took ten minutes as I only wanted my top lip dissolved – I was happy with how my bottom lip looked.

‘Afterwards she showed me my lips in the mirror and they were so swollen. All the colours had gone in my lips.

‘I thought “oh god, I’m definitely allergic”. She said “It’s fine, just take the antihistamine and by tomorrow, it’ll all be gone”.’

Before: Sophie has had lip filler before - but this time the £100 procedure went wrong and left her looking like a duck

Before: Sophie has had lip filler before – but this time the £100 procedure went wrong and left her looking like a duck 

Sophie was left with swollen and bruised lips following the treatment which is designed to make people's lips look bigger

Sophie was left with swollen and bruised lips following the treatment which is designed to make people’s lips look bigger 

Ugly duckling: Sophie said she was left looking like a duck, while others compared her to actress Leslie Ash

Ugly duckling: Sophie said she was left looking like a duck, while others compared her to actress Leslie Ash 

The woman who carried out the treatment told Sophie that the blister (pictured) would fade and allegedly didn't do much else to help

The woman who carried out the treatment told Sophie that the blister (pictured) would fade and allegedly didn’t do much else to help 

The 25-year-old suffered an allergic reaction to filler dissolvent which was meant to make her lips look large and allegedly attractive

The 25-year-old suffered an allergic reaction to filler dissolvent which was meant to make her lips look large and allegedly attractive 

The procedure left Sophie unable to eat properly. She had to drink through a straw and said her lips felt tingly

The procedure left Sophie unable to eat properly. She had to drink through a straw and said her lips felt tingly 

But once she got home, Sophie noticed that a black blister had formed on her upper lip.

She said: ‘An hour later, there was a blister on my lip and it was pulsating, it was black.

‘I messaged the woman who’d done my lips and sent her pictures, but she didn’t get back to me until the next morning.

‘I was left worrying “oh god, is my lip going to fall off?”

‘You hear all these horror stories so I thought “oh god, that’s going to be me”. I was wondering if I had to go to A&E.

‘When she got back to me, she said “the blisters are normal, it can happen, although I’ve never seen it”.

‘I was thinking it can’t be that normal if you’ve never seen it.

‘She said to keep an eye on it, which I did as it got worse.

‘I won’t be going back to this woman for any more treatments. I’d gotten my lips done with her before so I thought she knew what she was doing. Clearly not.’ 

As a result of the allergic reaction, Sophie has been left with ‘scabby’ blisters that have left her feeling as if she’s been punched in the face.

Sophie said: ‘My lips look like they’ve gotten bigger and all the filler has moved upwards towards my nose, so I looked like a duck.

‘My dad actually sent me a picture of Leslie Ash.

‘That’s just dads being dads. I get his sense of humour, but if someone else had said that to me, I’d have been like “oh god!”

‘They’ve still not returned to normal. The blisters have popped and they’re all scabby now. They’re still really sore and swollen, so I can’t eat properly.

‘I’ve just been drinking things through straws.’

After using antibiotic cream on her lip, Sophie claims her lip is getting better, but says the experience has put her off getting her lips done again.

And she is now sharing images of her lips online in a bid to warn others of the risks that come with the procedure and to encourage others to leave their lips ‘as they are’.

She said: ‘My friend gave me an antibiotic cream which I think has been helping. I reckon if I didn’t have that, they would have gotten a lot worse.

‘My lips just feel bruised, as if I’ve been punched in the face. When I’m talking, I can feel how sore they are. They still feel tingly.

‘I keep applying creams during the day and at night. I’m not putting anything else on them, I’m too scared.

‘I’d say it’s about 40 per cent better now. The grey patch looks more like a blood blister now.’

Black and bruised: The main blister on Sophie's lips has turned black - a sign of an allergic reaction

Black and bruised: The main blister on Sophie’s lips has turned black – a sign of an allergic reaction 

Fish lips or duck lips? Sophie has seen her lips double in size from the allergic reaction to her lip filler intervention

Fish lips or duck lips? Sophie has seen her lips double in size from the allergic reaction to her lip filler intervention 

Ouch: The procedure has left Sophie in pain, feeling like she has been punched in the mouth and having to drink liquids through a straw

Ouch: The procedure has left Sophie in pain, feeling like she has been punched in the mouth and having to drink liquids through a straw

The ordeal has put Sophie off getting anything further done to her lips.

Sophie said: ‘This whole experience has put me off getting my lips done in the future.

‘I thought I was somehow not allergic to anything, but now this has happened, it’s scared me. Like what am I actually putting into my face?

‘I’m never going to get them done again.

‘I’m just waiting for the day that I wake up and it’s gone back to normal and the scabs and swelling have gone.

‘I want people to think twice before getting their lips done. Lip fillers are going out of fashion at the minute, so a lot of people are getting them dissolved.

‘I just want to warn people not to take the risk, people should leave them as they are.’

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