By Mollie Mansfield
A mother-of-three has issued a lip filler warning after the surgery left her lips covered in sores and scars.
After having lip fillers numerous times before, Tracy Bates, 44, decided to get a 2ml top up to keep her lips full.
However, days after spending the £140 to get both lips enhanced, Tracy noticed that her lips were more swollen and bruised than usual.
As time passed, she claims her lips started to ooze with puss and become covered in sores – resulting in her being scarred now.
Now, the beautician is speaking out about her experience to raise awareness to the importance of getting procedures done by fully-trained professionals.
Tracy, from Blanchardstown, Dublin, said: “When I have had fillers done in the past, they have never been like this.
“A few days after I had my fillers done this time, they were oozing with puss and scabbing, and then suddenly sores and blisters started to appear.
“It was horrendous – I was in a lot of pain and left looking ridiculous!
“I was able to squeeze a bit of the filler out, but it was too late to get them dissolved completely, so I’ve been left with bumpy lips.
“Now no-one is willing to correct them as they do not want to be liable for what state they are in now.
“My main focus now is to raise awareness of the dangers so that this doesn’t happen to anyone else in the future.”
After realising that her filler was causing her problems, Tracy booked herself in for a doctor’s appointment where she was given cream for the swelling.
However, after there appeared to be no improvement, she took matters into her own hands and tried to remove the filler herself.
She said: “I went to the GP where they gave me some cream to stop my lips being in such agony, and I also saw my own Botox and Lip Filler doctors.
“I ended up spending £500 in doctor’s appointments and medications to help fight off the infection the fillers gave me.
“But as time went on they weren’t getting any better, so I had to try and remove some of the filler myself.
“This hurt a lot and left my lips looking horrible – and there was nothing I could do about it!”
Tracy is now speaking out about her story in hope that it will encourage people to think twice before getting the, potentially life-altering, injections.
She said: “People are always going to have lip fillers done, and there’s no problem with that.
“But people need to look thoroughly into where they are getting their injections done and make sure they are fully qualified.
“If one person makes a mistake it can cause massive issues and change your life, so you need to know they are going to do a good job.
“Despite the fact no one would correct my lips now, I wouldn’t want them to anyway as this has completely scared me from surgery!”