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Plastic Surgeon Warns Against The Social Media Challenge That Could Ruin Your Lips
The 2015 Kylie Jenner lip challenge involves using a shot glass or bottle to suction the lips. It has recently resurfaced, which has some professionals concerned.
Dr. Allan Foulad, a double board-certified plastic surgeon who specializes in plastic and reconstructive surgery, spoke exclusively with Glam about his concerns.
According to Dr. Foulad, individuals who partake in the challenge are at risk of damaging the skin due to bruising, swelling, and even ruptured blood vessels.
A key issue is that challenge participants sustain the vacuum seal from 30 seconds to a minute — or longer. Generally, the longer the seal remains, the greater the swelling.
The suction can result in "severe lip swelling and a distorted appearance," Dr. Foulad said. It can also "lead to the rupture of blood vessels, resulting in substantial bruising."
"Even worse, there is the potential risk of glass breakage due to the intense suction, which could lead to cuts on the lips," Dr. Foulad added. He emphasizes a safer approach.
Dr. Foulad recommends lip plumpers, "topical products [that] stimulate blood flow to the lips, typically resulting in subtle swelling and an increased reddish tint."
If you prefer a longer-lasting option, Dr. Foulad recommends reaching out to a medical professional to discuss getting lip filler injections, such as hyaluronic acid fillers.