The internet is all abuzz these days with the latest about a trend teens are trying in an attempt to emulate a celebrity. Know as the Kylie Jenner Challenge, teens place their lips into a small container, namely a shot glass though others have been used. They then start sucking to draw fluid into their lips, creating a swollen and hopefully luscious set of lips.
The results, however, or anything but luscious. Teens across the world are attempting the challenge with no understanding of what is happening to their body. When sucking on their lips within the glass, they create vessel engorgement. This process increases blood flow to the area and releases the body’s natural reaction to trauma with naturally occurring inflammatory chemicals like histamines and leukotrienes. This result occurs after only 15-30 seconds of sucking.
However, many of these teens are sucking for upwards of 60 seconds, effectively giving themselves a hickey and causing damage to the tissue. The results range from unsightly bruising to deep cuts. The damaging results can be temporary but may cause long-term damage as well. Ruptured blood vessels can result in bleeding and tearing even causing scarring and the need for stitches. The challenge is causing micro-damage to the particularly delicate blood vessels within the lips.
Seventeen-year-old Kylie Jenner has spoken out about the challenge, telling teens that they should not try to mimic her appearance and should just be themselves. The teenager, a member of the Kardashian family, is no stranger to plastic surgery. Her family is well established in the public eye for the plastic surgery, even before her father Bruce Jenner began his transgender operations. So it’s no surprise when Kylie’s new plump pout gained attention late last year. Kylie Jenner certainly isn’t shoving her lips into a shot glass, but the celebrity has obviously undergone a change.
While Kylie Jenner has repeatedly denied accusations that she has had plastic surgery, many experts believe otherwise. Her enhanced lips appear to have plumped approximately three sizes, although Jenner states that it is simply the result of makeup. If so, Jenner is using a technique called overlining lips, which requires the use of lip liner outside of the natural lip line and then filled with lipstick. The makeup technique could also be combined with plastic surgery methods and most experts believe this is the result of injectable lip fillers, such as Juvaderm or Restalnye.
The injectable lip fillers are a brief non-surgical procedure that involves trained specialists injecting small quantities of the material throughout the lips to increase and plump the proportions of the lips. Lip fillers are sometimes referred to as a “lunchtime” procedure because patients are able to return to their regular activities with little to no downtime. The injectable fillers produce incredible and quick results, although their effects are temporary. To maintain the look, the filler must be injected every seven months.
For individuals seeking more dramatic and permanent results, lip implants may be an ideal solution. Lip implants come in various sizes and are made of surgical grade polymers that are safe for the body. Your certified plastic surgeon can discuss size options to determine what is best for you.
If you desire the plump pout of celebrities like Kylie Jenner, turn to a board-certified plastic surgeon to discuss which safe option is best for you. Whether you desire temporary or permanent results, lip augmentation is best left to the professionals and not a shot glass.