A graduate had such an extreme allergic reaction to her lip fillers that her lips grew to “eight times” their normal size – leaving her looking like a cartoon character.
Kailee Jones, 23, got the injections for the first time in November 2021 because she thought her lips looked too small compared to the rest of her facial features.
The young woman had 1ml of lip filler placed across her upper and lower lips, but claims that within an hour of the treatment her lips began to “balloon”.
Kailee believes that she had an allergic reaction to the lip filler and says applying ice to her mouth only made the swelling worse.
The technology consultant spent the next 48 hours unable to speak, drink or eat normally because of her sore “sausage lips”.
And, her friends joked that she looked like the Monsters Inc character Fungus from the Disney Pixar Film.
In the movie, the little villain is left with huge red lips after being forced into the “scream extractor” machine.
Kailee has shared the jaw-dropping photos of her allergic reaction to warn people about the possible side effects of lip filler.
The graduate, from the US, said: “I’ve always had thinner lips and they disappear when I smile so I wanted to make them fit my face a little bit more.
“Everything went well at the appointment and the first hour after it started swelling but I think it was just normal because they do swell.
“I kept icing them and I think that the ice might have made it worse because then they really started to blow up.
“Once it hit after an hour or two they were really big and then it was 48 hours of them being that big.”
She added: “I couldn’t drink anything or even open my mouth to talk – I couldn’t speak.
“I would say they were eight times the size of my normal lips, it was unreal. I looked like the Monsters, Inc. character.”
Doctors gave Kailee oral steroids to bring the swelling down, but wanted her that the swelling may close her throat if it travelled from her lips to her neck.
Luckily, Kailee’s lips began to calm down after three days and she didn’t need further treatment or for the filler to be dissolved.
Kailee said: “The pictures don’t even really show how big they were, it was crazy.
“It was very painful. I was scared it was going to go to my throat, which is what doctors said it could do, and my throat could close basically.
“That was my biggest fear and then also just thinking ‘are they stuck like this?’.
“They went down after three days and then after that it wasn’t too bad.”
But, her family were left shocked by the reaction.
The young woman claims she has been put off getting filler again, but says she hasn’t ruled it out now the swelling has subsided.