Dodgy fillers turned my lips to ‘con­crete’

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Reporter COS­METIC surgery left a woman with “con­crete lips” lead­ing her to warn oth­ers of the dan­gers.

Beth Craigs, 21, said she paid £120 for lip fillers from a woman rent­ing a chair at a New­cas­tle sa­lon.

But shortly af­ter get­ting them, Beth was left in agony and said her lips turned to “con­crete”.

Beth, of Wallsend, is one of sev­eral women who said they got a bad treat­ment from the woman.

Ques­tion have now been raised over the woman’s reg­is­tra­tion and qual­i­fi­ca­tions and whether she was ac­tu­ally al­lowed to carry out the treat­ment.

The woman took book­ings through pri­vate mes­sage on Face­book but since be­ing con­tacted by un­happy cus­tomers has now deleted her page and dis­con­nected her phone.

Beth said: “It was my first time get­ting them done so I didn’t know what to ex­pect af­ter get­ting them done.

“But af­ter­wards there was mas­sive swelling and they were ex­tremely painful. I was re­ally sore and my jaw and face were aching.

“The pain was so bad and then they went rock solid, like con­crete, and I could not move my lips.

“I con­tacted her and she said to mas­sage them and wait for 14 days.

“She said I had signed a dis­claimer about swelling and I said yes, but they shouldn’t go like con­crete.

“I kept say­ing I couldn’t mas­sage them be­cause they are so painful.

“I con­tacted a doc­tor and he looked at them and said it was not nor­mal.”

Beth, who works as a beauty ther­a­pist, had to take steroids and has paid hun­dreds of pounds for in­jec­tions to dis­solve what was put in to her lips.

“He had to in­ject some­thing into them to make them dis­solve and I have to go back again be­cause they still aren’t right,” Beth said.

Now, she is warn­ing oth­ers to make sure they check the per­son giv­ing lip fillers is qual­i­fied.

“Any­one could be do­ing it,” she said. “I wish I had checked. It should be a nurse, doc­tor or den­tist go­ing you go to.”

Doc­tor Steve Land, who owns Novel­lus Aes­thet­ics in Jes­mond, New­cas­tle, and fixed Beth’s lips, said: “Es­sen­tially, the prob­lem is there is no reg­u­la­tions on who can give lip fillers. Peo­ple can just set up their own clin­ics.

“This prob­lem has been go­ing on for a while and I don’t quite know how to fix it un­less there is Gov­ern­ment in­ter­ven­tion. You should make sure you go to a qual­i­fied doc­tor or nurse to get treat­ment. Any­one with the right qual­i­fi­ca­tions will have them on dis­play.”

A city council spokesper­son said their Trad­ing Stan­dards team is aware of the is­sue and in­ves­ti­gat­ing. Beth Craigs who had lip fillers that went wrong caus­ing swelling and pain to her face

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