The Kylie Jenner lip challenge is taking over social media, but doctors are warning participants trying to emulate the young reality television star that they may be doing permanent damage.
The Kylie Jenner challenge has fans trying to copy Kylie’s giant-lipped look by putting “a glass over their lips to create an airlock on their skin for as long as five minutes,” reported MTV UK News. After the glass is removed, they are left with giant, swollen lips that they then photograph and post online.
But doctors are trying to warn people away from trying the trend, saying that the Kylie Jenner lip challenge is actually quite dangerous and could do serious harm.
“I can definitely say that this would be dangerous even just to try it, and especially somebody who does it more than once,” cosmetic surgeon Pordiis Kjartansdottir told Metro. “The lips turn blue because blood fills up and they could easily become infected and lose all sensation. It is a really dangerous stunt and I’d advise strongly against anybody trying it.”
Kylie herself has been accused of having her lips artificially enhanced, and though she has denied it some cosmetic experts say otherwise.
When Hollywood Life polled cosmetic surgeons to get their opinions on Jenner’s lips, Dr. Michael Salzhauer from Bal Harbour Plastic Surgery Associates replied, “Yes. Emphatically. That is not just lipstick. Her lips look 3 times as wide as they did in the ‘before’ pictures.”
But even if Kylie did have her lips enhanced, it would have been done by a team of experts rather than a suctioned glass that can easily cause injury. In fact, the Kylie Jenner lip challenge has already led to a number of injuries, with many participants sharing their failures online. On Twitter, many young girls (and boys) have shared pictures of bruised and dangerously swollen lips.
— Blue Ivy Barter (@KidFury) April 20, 2015
Kylie jenner challenge gone wrong IM CRYIN RN CAN EVEN FEEL MY LIPS OMG pic.twitter.com/UxET125SZJ — Kihavel (@KihavelFknP) April 20, 2015
— zoë (@_zoeymcguire) April 20, 2015
One participant even shared that her lips were still bruised even three days after taking the Kylie Jenner lip challenge.
But despite the warnings and the clear failures, the Kylie Jenner lip challenge continues to take off on social media. The hashtag #kyliejennerchallenge was among the biggest trends on Twitter, and the pictures of painful, swollen lips continue to roll in.
[Image via Twitter]