Hello #GYNEGirls! Let’s chat… Everyone is buzzing about Kylie Jenner’s infamous new pout, and it is causing teens everywhere to go to extremes to get the look. Using shot glasses and suction, teens are giving themselves the fuller lip “effect,” and afterwards video showcasing their new look on social media using the hashtag #KylieJennerChallenge.
The idea to get bigger lips by using a shot glass most likely came from a lip enhancement system that promises temporary increase in lip volume with the use of their suction device. Some people believe this is how Kylie Jenner achieved her new pout.
What teens don’t know is that plumping your lips by taking a shot glass and creating suction around your mouth can cause irreversible damage. The vacuum created by sucking in with a shot glass around the lips creates an uncontrolled suction force. The suction can be so extreme that it can lead to broken blood vessels, damage to nerves, and splitting open of the lip skin. In the worst cases the glass can shatter and cause injury around your mouth or other areas resulting in the need for stitches and leaving you with permanent, irreversible scarring and disfigurement.
Here are three safer ways to win the #KylieJennerChallenge:
- Makeup is the least invasive way for the fuller lip effect. Lining your lips just outside your lip margins before application of your lipstick will create the illusion of bigger lips.
- There is a medspa (medical spa) treatment called microneedling which signals your body to make more collagen by using very small needles to poke microscopic holes in your lips to make them fuller.
- Last, but not least, a plastic surgeon or dermatologist can plump your lips with fillers or lip implants.