A tech graduate suffered such an extreme allergic reaction to fillers that her lips grew “eight times” their normal size – leaving her looking like a Monsters, Inc. character.
Kailee Jones, from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, first got fillers last November because she felt her lips were disproportionately small compared to the rest of her facial features.
The 23-year-old received 1ml injections through her upper and lower lips and says that within an hour of her appointment her lips began to swell rapidly.
She believes she had an allergic reaction to the filler and says her attempts to soothe the swelling with ice must have made it worse.
The technology consultant then spent the next 48 hours unable to speak or drink normally due to incredibly painful and swollen ‘sausage lips’.
Many of her friends pointed out that the swelling made her look like the character Fungus from Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc.
Kailee Jones, 23, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, was self-conscious about her lips and thought they were too thin and didn’t match the rest of her face.
Kailee was injected with 1ml through her upper and lower lips and says within an hour of her appointment her lips began to swell rapidly
People online compared the tech graduate to the character Fungus from Disney Pixar’s Monsters, Inc. The three-eyed villain (right) has giant red lips after being sucked into a ‘scream extraction’ machine
After being sucked into a “scream extraction” machine, the three-eyed villain has giant red lips.
The consultant has now shared shocking photos of her giant lips to warn people about the risks of allergic reactions to fillers.
Kailee said: ‘I’ve always had thinner lips and they disappear when I smile, so I wanted them to fit my face a bit more.
“Everything went well at the appointment and the first hour after it started to swell, but I think it was normal because they swell.
She believes she had an allergic reaction to the filler, and says her attempts to soothe the swelling with ice must have made it worse.
After her lips became swollen and extremely painful, Kailee called her doctor for advice and was prescribed a weekly course of oral steroids to calm the swelling.
“I kept icing them and I think the ice might have made it worse because then they really started exploding.
“Once it hit after an hour or two they were really big and then it was 48 hours where they were that big.
“I couldn’t drink anything, I couldn’t even open my mouth to speak—I couldn’t speak.
“I would say they were eight times the size of my normal lips, it was unbelievable. I looked like a Monsters, Inc. character.’
The technology consultant then spent the next 48 hours unable to speak or drink normally due to incredibly painful and swollen “sausage lips”.
Both Kailee’s family members and online commenters were stunned by the incredible size of her lips after she posted reaction photos on social media and compared them to the Disney Pixar character.
After her lips swelled up and became extremely painful, Kailee called her doctor for advice and was prescribed a weekly course of oral steroids to bring down the swelling.
The doctor also warned her that she was at risk of having her throat closed due to the dramatic swelling of her lips, which they feared could travel to her throat.
But luckily the swelling started to go down after three days and the reaction took place without the need for further treatment or filler dissolution.
Kailee said: “The pictures don’t even do justice to how big it was, it was crazy.
“It was very painful. I was afraid it would go down my throat, which is what the doctors said it could do, and my throat could basically close up.
Technology graduate Kailee said: “I’ve always had thinner lips and they disappear when I smile, so I wanted them to fit my face a bit more.
A consultant has now shared shocking photos of her giant lips to warn people about the risks of allergic reactions to fillers
‘That was my biggest fear and then I also just thought ‘are they stuck like that?’.
“After three days they fell off and then it wasn’t so bad.
Both Kailee’s family members and online commenters were stunned by the incredible size of her lips after she posted reaction photos on social media, comparing them to the Disney Pixar character.
Others likened Kailey’s lips to “sausages” and vowed to never get fillers after seeing the heavy reaction.
Kailee said: “My mum was very scared and worried that my throat was going to close so she kept checking on me.
‘My brother didn’t even know I was doing them so I walked in and he was just like ‘what the hell’.
“The comments were funny because some people thought I got them so big on purpose, which I think some girls want to have massive lips, but I don’t.”
Kailee pictured with her mum Patty Jones, 54, before she had lip fillers
Kailee said: ‘My mum was very scared and worried that my throat was going to close so she kept checking on me’
One commenter said: “He looks like that guy from Monsters, Inc., you know Fungus when you suck them [by] machine.’
Another said: “Scream extractor got another one.”
Another said:'[Oh my god] I thought she stuck the sausages on her lips as a joke, but I guess [they’re] real.’
The technology consultant says the painful experience has put her off getting a filler again, although she hasn’t ruled it out once her lips have settled.
Kailee said, “Once the swelling went down, they were completely fine.”
“I’m definitely scared to get them done again, but I like how they look now, so I don’t know if I will.”
What are lip fillers and what happens when they go wrong?
Facial and lip fillers (dermal fillers) are substances that are injected to fill in lines and wrinkles and add volume to areas such as your lips or cheeks.
Fillings are not permanent. How long it lasts depends on the type of filler and where it is injected, and usually lasts between 6 and 18 months
Most dermal fillers contain a natural substance called hyaluronic acid
Having dermal fillers is usually safe if performed by an experienced and suitably qualified doctor
The risks of dermal fillers depend on whether the procedure was performed correctly and the type of filler used. Talk to your doctor about the risks
Serious problems are rare, but may include:
– Infection, a lumpy appearance under the skin that may require treatment with surgery or medication
-The filler moves away from the intended treatment area, which may need to be surgically removed
– Scarring of blocked blood vessels in the face, which can cause tissue death and permanent blindness