The Kardashian/Jenner family is not known for keeping a low profile, and the youngest member of the family, Kylie, fits right into the mold created by her parents and older sisters. The 17 year old has become a style icon quickly, becoming a new idol for many teenage girls across the country. Kylie is known for many things, but her lips have been getting a lot of attention lately, as a new “Kylie Jenner Challenge” has cropped up among teens, in an effort to gain the full lipped look she is known for. Unfortunately, like many celebrity-inspired fads, the challenge is painful and potentially harmful, and does not even give the intended results to those who attempt it.
So what exactly is the Kylie Jenner Challenge? It is simply an attempt to plump up the lips using suction created with a bottle, glass, jar, or vacuum. Photos are then posted during and after the process to show enlargement of the lips, in an attempt to mimic the teen reality star’s look. However, these results rarely come close and often cause the person to look more like a duck or a fish than Kylie Jenner. And the negative aesthetic results aspects are not the only problems with the Kylie Jenner Challenge—it is also just plain dangerous and foolish.
When it comes to physical enhancements, DIY measures are never a good idea. Even when the Kylie Jenner Challenge gives “good” results, they are not lasting or reminiscent of the look that is the goal of the challenge, and there are significant safety issues that go along with the process. Many people end up with painful bruising to go along with the swelling that plumps up the lips temporarily. Others get giant bruises in the lip area, and look disfigured rather than enhanced. The biggest risk, however, is a glass container breaking from the suction and causing severe cuts. Scarring may also result if people try the challenge several times.
Who Is Trying It?
As is often the case with fads, the challenge is primarily happening among young people, especially teens. More girls than boys are attempting the challenge, but regardless of the demographics, a big part of the phenomenon is sharing the results on social media via selfie photos with the hashtag #kyliejennerchallenge. Kylie Jenner herself has taken notice of the practice and has tweeted “I’m not here to try & encourage people/young girls to look like me or to think this is the way they should look.” Of course, that does not mean that teens will stop trying, but hopefully the dangerous fad will fade quickly.
Safe Alternatives for Lip Augmentation
Lip augmentation is a very popular treatment today, and there are both surgical and non-surgical procedures that can be used to improve the beauty of the lips.
The most popular method for lip augmentation is injection with hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Restylane or Juvederm. This treatment produces very natural results, and can be used to improve both the shape and size of the lips. Everyone is different, so different fillers may work better for some than others, which is why it is important for patients to get an expert to evaluate and recommend the appropriate filler in each case. Fillers in the lips typically last about six months or so before re-injection is required to maintain results. The injection process itself takes just a few minutes, but patients should expect to spend an hour or so at the office for preparations and injection. Side effects are typically limited to mild bruising and swelling, so patients can get back to daily activities quickly.
Talk to an Expert
When it comes to lip augmentation, it is essential to discuss the matter with an expert. A board certified plastic surgeon will have the skill, knowledge, and finesse to give you good results in a safe manner. Lip augmentation can be tricky to get right, as it involves a higher level of artistry than some other injectable treatments, so be sure to choose an experienced provider, like Dr. Stuart Bentkover of Bentkover Facial Plastic Surgery in Worcester (508-363-6500) or Stoneham (617-247-0033), MA. Dr. Bentkover is a skilled facial plastic surgeon with extensive skill and experience in administering fillers for lip augmentation. If you would like to discuss your goals with Dr. Bentkover, call either location today to schedule your consultation.