Kylie Jenner Lip Challenge- Why You Should NOT Do It?

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The Dangerous side effects of Plumping lips in a shot glass:

The Kylie Jenner Challenge for lip plumping sounds quite simple-

Get a Shot glass- place your lips inside the glass-suck the air out
If you have been tempted to do this, STOP and don’t do it!
It seems like a very popular trend among young girls at the moment who want to look like the teen reality star, Kylie Jenner, especially get the full lips of Kylie Jenner .
There are several reasons why this is a very bad idea!
Medically speaking, inserting your lips into a shot glass and sucking the air out can lead to potentially severe trauma and possible permanent scarring and disfigurement from one or more of many ways:

  1. The shot glass can shatter and lead to lip lacerations which will require surgical repair and stitches which are likely to leave permanent scars
  2. The lips may turn blue from venous blood stasis(filling up with blood) and loose sensation, this can compromise arterial blood flow and lead to necrosis of lips which means ulceration and loss of lip tissue, again scarring and disfigurement.
  3. The swollen blue, insensitive lips are likely to get infection which can also lead to disfigurement and scarring
  4. Repeated attempts can lead to loss of elasticity and firmness of the lips chronic venous stasis, poor circulation, disfigurement and scarring

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All in all, getting your lips into a shot glass and sucking the air out to make them big is a BAD idea.
Here is a better way to get plumper lips without all the above risks.
If you are under 18 years of age and still developing, then I do not recommend any permanent surgical procedures. I am cautious with even semi-permanent , minimally invasive non-surgical procedures for younger people who are still developing.

Try using non-surgical, non-invasive methods to enhance the appearance of your lips such as:
Overline with a nude lip liner, just on the outermost lip border followed by semi-gloss lip balm.
Use a lip plumping balm which contains menthol to transiently increase blood flow to the lips for slightly fuller lips.

For those of you over 18 years of age, get a soft cosmetic dermal filler lip injection treatment; look for a Physician experienced in dermal lip filler treatments. I prefer Belotero Balance for softer lip filler and subtle lip enhancement in younger individuals. It lasts from 4 to 6 months but the results are very natural and it feels natural, not lumpy.
For my older patients or patients who need a little more than slight lip enhancement, I prefer Juvederm dermal filler, it is a little more robust, gives a little more body to the lips and lasts from 9-12 months.