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Mayukh Saha
Mayukh Saha
March 6, 2024 ·  3 min read

Woman’s Lips Ballooned To Triple Their Size After Apparent Allergic Reaction To Cheap Fillers

After posting pictures of her swollen lips from a botched lip filler treatment on TikTok, user Basia Query went viral. The report has received over 23.7 million views. It claimed that a hyaluron pen was used rather than needles during the $350 operation. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety alert last year cautioning against using needle-free injection tools. The FDA said that hyaluron pens may result in “severe injuries or, in some circumstances, irreversible injury.

In a subsequent article, Query claims that the topical anesthetic Lidocaine, which she had not previously received before surgeries, was the reason for her enlarged lips. The most recent news on Query indicates that the bruises and inflammation around her lips have diminished. She admits that she has made a mistake and requests guidance from her fans on what she should do next. Pictures of the procedure’s outcomes were published by user Basia Query on October 22 in a TikTok post, that has since received over 23.7 million views. The $350 lip filler treatment was performed using a hyaluron pen rather than needles, and Query’s puffy lips are shown from several perspectives in the film.

Image Credit: @basiaquery

The Lip Fillers Left The Young Woman With Disfigured Lips

Hyaluronic acid is pushed into the skin using pneumatic pressure in hyaluron pens as opposed to syringes and cannulas that are generally used to inject lip filler. Although hyaluron pen procedures are frequently less expensive, they provide less command over the frequency and amount of filler delivery. Last year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration issued a safety communication to caution against the usage of needle-free injection tools like hyaluron pens.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning the public and health-care professionals not to use needle-free devices such as hyaluron pens for injection of hyaluronic acid (HA) or other lip and facial fillers, collectively and commonly referred to as dermal fillers or fillers,” the statement reads. “The FDA is aware of serious injuries. In some cases, permanent harm to the skin, lips, or eyes with the use of needle-free devices for injection of lip and facial fillers.” In a subsequent post, Query appears to have her lips still “quite damaged,” but the swelling has greatly decreased. She claims that the topical desensitizing drug Lidocaine, an anesthetic she hadn’t used in prior surgeries, gave her an adverse reaction that resulted in swelling in her lips.

The Lip Filler Left The Young Woman With Disfigured Lips
Image Credit: @basiaquery

Query Still Had Her Sense Of Humor After The Lip Filler Incident

According to Query, her partner Gage Dodds hurried her to the Hospital. There she was given an EpiPen to control the response. Three hours later, she was released. The Las Vegas, Nevada resident could make light of herself and her circumstance. Despite the frightening time, she shared her family’s response. She said: “My parents were pretty angry with me. My boyfriend was terrified as he was out of town and didn’t know what to do”. “I was sharing it with my friends and decided to post it online and then the video went viral. “I’d been sharing it because friends said it was funny. I also found humor in it as I wasn’t embarrassed or upset by it.”

She applied more filler as she noticed her lips showed an indent on her bottom lip. However, “almost immediately my lips had blown up and were really uncomfortable”. The marketing manager said she had also canceled her arrangements to have botox. The event had severely discouraged her from getting any further procedures done in the hereafter. “I’ll not do it again I am done with getting filler. I was also going to get botox next month but have canceled it.” “It was terrifying and I remember thinking ‘what if they cut my lips off, or stay this way forever?’”

“I didn’t know what to do,” she said. “I’d never seen lips this big. The woman who did my lips said other people had had a reaction but never that big.” “I have learned to always do research into what I am putting into my lips. It’s the same thing with botox or getting a boob job, it’s different for everyone,” she added.


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