A mother claims a numbing cream used before getting lip fillers gave her ‘sausage lips’ so horrific that her friend vomited when she saw her.
Christina Burton, 29, believes the cream used before the £75 at-home procedure caused her lips to swell ‘out of control’.
Hours later, she was gasping for breath as her throat closed over, leaving her fearing for her life when she rang 999.
Given a cocktail of meds and an oxygen supply, Ms Burton, from Wythenshawe, Greater Manchester, was kept overnight in hospital.
When she sent the photos to her friends and family, they thought she had added a playful Snapchat filter.
Christina Burton, 29, claims a lip filler treatment left her with ‘sausage lips’ so terrified that her friend vomited when she saw her
Ms Burton, pictured before the incident, believes the numbing cream used before the £75 at-home procedure caused her lips to swell ‘out of control’
Four hours after having the lip filler treatment an ambulance crew raced to her house and administered adrenaline, put her on oxygen and gave her a nebuliser (pictured)
Ms Burton, who had gotten lip fillers roughly five times over the previous two years, said: ‘It could have taken my life, who would explain that to my kids?
‘I won’t get fillers again. I’ve been tempted to get them done again but I’m just scared.
‘I’ve gone to book it and cancelled it because the thought of going through that again? I just can’t, it’s not worth it.’
When Ms Burton got dermal fillers from the comfort of her own home she knew something wasn’t right straight away.
The beautician reportedly assured Ms Burton that swelling was normal and she went ahead with injecting the 1ml filler.
Ms Burton said: ‘As soon as they put the cream on I just knew something wasn’t right. My lips were tingling and felt like they were swelling up straight away.
‘When you have numbing cream on it does feel like it’s swollen because it’s numb.
‘That time I just felt something wasn’t right – my lips were swelling straight away and I was in pain, which I never usually am.’
Although Ms Burton believes it was numbing cream that caused her reaction, dermal fillers themselves can cause infections and painful swelling if they aren’t injected properly.
Complaints have risen sharply in recent years which has led to the Government announcing the launch of a campaign to take down on botched Botox and filler injections.