These startling snaps show how a Russian influencer was left looking like she had been stung by a bee following an allergic reaction during her lip reduction.
Pouty influencer Cartier Bugatti from Samara, Volga region, nearly died from complications following the procedure with a cosmetologist, Russian media report.
The heavily-inked mum of one, whose real name is Kristina Vishnivetskaya, had gone to get her oversized lips reduced, but things had quickly gone awry.
According to Kristina, her lips and cheeks swelled to more than twice their normal size after she had an allergic reaction to the medication she was given.
According to reports, the 23-year-old influencer was given Longidaza – an immunomodulatory medication with anti-inflammatory properties.
After suffering the reaction, she was taken to hospital by ambulance.
Kristina, who boasts 117,000 Instagram followers, says medics’ quick actions helped prevent her from developing a severe case of Quincke’s oedema.
In some cases, Quincke’s oedema – sudden swelling under the skin – can cause the throat to swell up, leading to breathing difficulties.
The influencer, who also has over 17,000 Telegram subscribers, is now out of danger but was kept in hospital under observation for several days following the scare.
The Moscow-based social media star said at the time: “Of course, they won’t let me die here, and that’s the most important thing.”
Kristina, who had gone for the procedure after lumps formed in her lips, revealed she had no idea she was allergic to Longidaza.
She told her online followers: “Certainly, if I had known about the allergy, I would have continued living without doing anything, I suppose.”
The cosmetologist she visited is not believed to be authorised to carry out lip reductions.
The influencer has since been discharged from hospital and is now back at home with her husband and young son.