A young woman has spoken out about the dangers of the rise in cosmetic surgery after a bad experience with dermal lip fillers.
It is no secret that there has been a rise in cosmetic surgery over the last couple of years, with statistics from The British Association of Aesthetic Plastic Surgeons (BAAPS) showing that over 51,000 Britons underwent cosmetic surgery in 2015.
This is a rise of 13% in the amount of cosmetic procedures since 2014, something which could be derived from the growth of the trend set by celebrity culture.
With the trend in the younger generation undergoing cosmetic procedures, it could be assumed that celebrity culture has put consequential pressure on them to look a certain way, due to the expectations set within the media.
In some cases, such as Kayleigh Stevens’, 27, from Leeds, young people have sought discounted rates expecting the same results as the celebrities who have had their surgery exposed in the media.
Mrs Stevens travelled to a cosmetic clinic in Greater Manchester late last year in the pursuit of dermal lip fillers on the recommendation of a friend.
At £95 for the surgery, the cost was cheaper than most clinics, with Skinviva and Smooth and Simple (also located in Manchester) offering the enhancements for a starting price of £200+.
“My friend told me she got them done there for a bit cheaper, so I thought why not!” She explained.
Upon leaving the clinic she realised her lips looked uneven which caused her to alert someone before her departure.
After being met with a refusal to rectify the situation, Mrs Stevens was left no further choice but to live with uneven lips.
“They left me with lumpy lips and one side a little larger than the left after I drove 2 ½ hours to get there. Wasn’t a good experience at all!” She exclaimed.
Speaking to other professionals in the industry for further assistance in what had gone wrong with her procedure, she was advised that the clinic had injected too much filler in one side of her top lip and that she should wait a further six months for it to dissolve before beginning to rectify the problem.
Celebrities such as Kylie Jenner, Marnie Simpson, Charlotte Crosby and Megan McKenna are famously known within the media for undergoing the dermal filler procedure.
This time next week I'll have funky full luscious lips gassed to be the Kylie Jenner of south London ??
— Liam Lovesey (@LiamLovesey94) January 28, 2017
With celebrity surgery stories getting more exposure in the media, young people in the Manchester area were asked via a Twitter poll if they would consider getting any work done, with 39% saying yes, 7% saying maybe, and 54% saying no.
Based on the rise in celebrities undergoing cosmetic procedures, how likely would you feel obliged to undergo any yourself?
— Becky Waldren. (@becklaarr) February 6, 2017
The high percentage shown on the poll shows that young people are likely to undergo cosmetic procedures due to the rise in celebrity surgeries.
As a result, the desire to follow a trend set by figures in the media has caused a generation of 18-30 year olds to feel the pressures to maintain a ‘picture perfect’ image.
Is natural beauty worth being sacrificed as a result of young people seeking discount procedures to keep up with celebrity culture?