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TikTok’s DIY “enhancement” risks leaving young users with serious long-term damage

In one video, a user is seen injecting filler into her face while looking directly into the camera.  The only warning on the video is 'DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME', while another reads: 'WARNING!'  while also showing people how to use PLLA screw threads (pictured)

DIY skin care videos on TikTok and YouTube are dangerous because they could encourage beauty fans to try applying fillers themselves, an expert has warned.

On TikTok alone, the #skincare brand has over 79 billion views and is full of people offering advice and tips on everything from botox to how to create ‘fake’ freckles.

But Amish Patel, from the Intrigue beauty clinic in south-east England, is warning people to be wary when browsing these online platforms after seeing a rise in “DIY” videos of people injecting fillers into their faces and lips as they can. cause serious, long-term damage.

He also expressed concern about the young demographic who may see the videos, fearing they might try to copy them themselves.

In one video, a user is seen injecting filler into her face while looking directly into the camera.  The only warning on the video is 'DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME', while another reads: 'WARNING!'  while also showing people how to use PLLA screw threads (pictured)

In one video, a user is seen injecting filler into her face while looking directly into the camera. The only warning on the video is ‘DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME’, while another reads: ‘WARNING!’ while also showing people how to use PLLA screw threads (pictured)

Another account shared numerous videos on her YouTube page, The DIY Beauty Lab, documenting how to perform certain procedures.  These include a DIY nose job to correct a crooked nose, which is supplemented with hyaluronic acid and a hyaluronic pen (pictured)

Another account shared numerous videos on her YouTube page, The DIY Beauty Lab, documenting how to perform certain procedures. These include a DIY nose job to correct a crooked nose, which is supplemented with hyaluronic acid and a hyaluronic pen (pictured)

He said: “I saw a few DIY face filler videos when I was browsing the platform, and some of them range from DIY lip plumping techniques, most of which simply irritate the skin of the lips with homemade topical solutions to make the lips look thinner temporarily. , but more disturbing are the videos of people injecting themselves with the entire process shown; almost step by step into the camera.’

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In addition to tutorials on how to perform microdermabrasion and microneedling at home, there are many videos on facial fillers.

These include videos from registered clinics about the procedure, but also clips of people doing “DIY” fillers.

In one video, one user can be seen injecting filler into her face while looking directly into the camera.

The only warning on the video is ‘DO NOT DO THIS AT HOME’, while another reads: ‘WARNING!’ while also showing people how to use PLLA screw threads.

When one of her commenters asked her where she learned to do a thread lift, she admitted in another of her videos: ‘I’m not actually a trained professional, so I don’t touch someone else’s face with threads.’

Amish (pictured) also warned of the health problems and possible serious side effects of DIY facial fillers

Amish (pictured) also warned of the health problems and possible serious side effects of DIY facial fillers

There are also videos on TikTok of people injecting themselves with Hyaluron pens, a trend that was criticized by experts last year.

The pens were originally developed for insulin injections, but were marketed as a painless way for people to tighten their lips.

Dermatologist Debra Jaliman said the filler in the videos could cause lumps, swelling or blindness.

And the Amish also warned of the health problems and possible serious side effects of DIY facial fillers: “The face has a complex network of veins and arteries.

“If the filler hits one of these blood vessels, it can cause occlusion of the vessels, leading to tissue death and even blindness.

“In an emergency, an experienced physician would be able to immediately recognize and address any complications, including immediate access to medications that could prevent further trauma.”

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But with so much information available on the internet, and especially on TikTok, Amish worries that inexperienced people, even children, will copy the videos at home and cause serious harm.

He said: ‘If administered by inexperienced hands, do-it-yourself fillers can at the very least cause facial imbalance, visible lumps, facial disfigurement and even long-term facial nerve damage.’

There have already been examples of TikTok beauty trends gone wrong.

One person did a chemical peel at home after seeing it on TikTok and ordering the products online, which left her with a burnt patch of skin on her face.

It comes as the facial injection market continues to grow online and people are buying what the Amish fear are often fake products.

There are also concerns that the quality, performance and safety of the products can vary widely, leaving people at risk of long-term complications.

Amish added: “Unfortunately, anyone can search for and buy these products online due to the lack of regulations. They can also inject other people without any registration or qualification, so it is imperative that you put your face in safe, experienced and professional hands.

“With so many brands of fillers on the market and fake brands of fillers, they can vary in quality, performance and safety with the risk of long-term complications.”

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