A 29-year-old mother has shared the moment she was left unable to talk and struggling to breathe after suffering an allergic reaction to filler.
Lauren Evans has had lip filler for four years but when she had it topped up last week, she immediately realized that her lips were starting to swell more than normal.
“My lips looked like a baboon’s bum. They went around six times bigger than their normal size. It was very painful,” she expressed.
Lauren continued: “I went into anaphylactic shock. My neck started to swell which meant my airways started to close.”
When she arrived at A&E at the Countess of Chester Hospital, she was given antihistamines. However, it did not bring the swelling down.
“They basically rushed me into resus and injected me with adrenaline and that worked.
“My lips were really sore and I felt a bit sick. At first I was fine in A&E. I couldn’t close my mouth and was struggling to talk quite a bit but then the nurses rushed me through to resus and I couldn’t really talk at all.”
Recalling her horrifying experience, the mom said: “I had the lip cream on and she (beautician) did them and they were fine but about an hour later they started to swell up and they went huge.
“I went to A&E and there was a huge wait. I was waiting for about six hours and they started to go down because I had some antihistamine.
“I fell asleep and they woke me up to give me some more antihistamine and they said that they were getting bigger and bigger. It was scary.”
Lauren says that her experience is just proof that no matter how many times you have had filler injected, an allergy could still develop.
“I’ve had a lot of lip filler and treatments before and had it previously around four weeks ago and didn’t have a reaction,” she said.
“It’s unexplained as to why this happened. Apparently at any age and at any point you can develop an allergy to something.”
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