Botox, or a compound of Botulinum Toxin, is a highly regulated chemical poison which paralyzes a human being's muscles. As the deadliest poison in the world to humans, if not administered carefully and in a controlled space, it can have catastrophic consequences, as one woman from Leicester, England, found out the hard way.
29-year-old Rachael Knappier saw her lips triple in size after a beautician administered Botox to her lips, promising it would even out a small bump on one side. After feeling a sharp pain, which she was told was "normal," Knappier woke at 2 AM to find her top lip had ballooned so much it was nearly touching her nose.
Rachael Knappier’s lips tripled in size after she got fillers from a beautician at a botox party. She’s now warnin… https://t.co/sIS9hAPwRu— ITV News Central (@ITV News Central) 1544120608.0
After & Before. Rachael Knappier has recovered from a lip filler she had injected at a Botox party. It swelled 3 ti… https://t.co/SlehUgSDfo— Quentin Rayner (@Quentin Rayner) 1544119912.0
"I didn't really know what to do. I'd never seen anything quite as big as what my lips were on my own face. I was shocked, I was panicked, I was really scared," she said.
Upon contacting the beautician via FaceTime, she was told she was having an allergic reaction and to get to the hospital immediately. But once she got there, she learned that the injection had been inexpertly administered.
Would you ever have a lip filler treatment? 👄 A woman’s lips trebled in size after they were injected at a Botox p… https://t.co/Rv8Yq8VfXe— BBC Radio 5 Live (@BBC Radio 5 Live) 1544050399.0
This is an industry in dire need of proper regulation. Peoples lives are being put at risk. BBC News - Woman's Boto… https://t.co/tMYz6D386W— Dr Rosemary Leonard (@Dr Rosemary Leonard) 1544024670.0
I would agree #cosmeticsurgery and non invasive procedures require regulation. How much longer can this issue be ig… https://t.co/zNGTa9LFpt— Oliver Thorne (@Oliver Thorne) 1544089602.0
There's a reason I don't host botox parties anymore. https://t.co/PhZaWm4eLq— Jason Hirschhorn (@Jason Hirschhorn) 1544017692.0
The inexpert injection began a process called "Necrosis" in the upper lip, which was destroying the soft tissue. Had she not acted immediately, it's likely Knappier would have lost her lips.
"My biggest fear was that I was going to look like that for the rest of my life. That my lips were always going to be that size. That they were going to get bigger. That my lip was going to die. All those emotions go through your mind," said Knappier on the ordeal.
@ITVCentral @jasonclay Botox party https://t.co/oaEFLVGLa4— Lucky Jim (@Lucky Jim) 1544134814.0
@ITVCentral I’d be wary of anyone pointing out an “imperfection” and then offering to fix it for a fee.— Ellie Ficcardi (@Ellie Ficcardi) 1544132817.0
@ITVCentral Everyone is dunking on this lady, but there doesn’t seem to be any meaningful regulation. The beauticia… https://t.co/gaLhgfKBDg— L.M. Knight (@L.M. Knight) 1544134620.0
@ITVCentral @felicityxfeline There's a botox party? Why would people that don't know what their doing do something… https://t.co/Q74qXTlpMp— Chicostephenson (@Chicostephenson) 1544132107.0
@quentinrayner @bbcemt Here in the US, there are people who want fewer regulations, in practically every arena. Not… https://t.co/AKrTI0buLc— Randy Mayeux (@Randy Mayeux) 1544126543.0
When asked how she'd have gone about it differently, Knappier simply said:
"Don't go to a beautician would be my advice. But equally, do your research, check it out for yourself, ask the questions. They will give you the answers if you ask them and if they don't then there's your warning sign. But make sure that they are medically trained to treat you if something goes wrong."
Thankfully, it appears that Ms. Knappier's lips have returned to normal. She's begun a petition to bring regulating cosmetic surgery to Parliament.