Remember when you were a teenager and thought the duck face was cool? Remember when you just discovered lip plumping gloss and makeup sets? Yeah, we have always been obsessed with a fuller, plumper, juicer set of lips, but most of us just used some tingly lip gloss that gave us the shine and plump we thought we wanted. We felt sexy with just a hint of the duck face being real, though few would ever want to make that look permanent. Then again, that was before the Kardashian sisters and their not less famous Jenner siblings took to the stage. When Kylie Jenner got her lips done, a new craze started among teens, who started to opt for lip surgery more often.
The difference between the girls was simple though. While the Kardashians were very much grown up, Kim just having had her second child, the youngest Jenner has not even reached the age of 20! That is a shocker unto itself knowing that she had her lips done when she put up her pics and inspired a whole new hashtag trend called the #KylieJennerChallenge. Boy has it begun to cause problems though! While the Kardashians are older and hence them being role models doesn’t have as big of an effect on teens and pre-teens, when the model is barely at legal voting age, the girls around the world are definitely going to be affected by every last move they make.
Being a celebrity means holding great power in of itself. And with great power comes great responsibility. Except in Kylie Jenner’s case who thought that it was quite normal to inspire youth aged 16-18 to go get their lips done, fillers, which were often done by those between 25 and 35 now becoming a common trend among those who are not even of the age to drink. Perhaps it is better they do the fillers, which cost a lot of money – upwards of $900 – and can lead to all kinds of reactions, including allergies.
Though the temporary lip fillers that Kylie herself has used are not as big of a problem safety-wise, since the ingredients are generally a sugar gel that the body breaks down within 9 months, but it is the psychological effects on the younger generations that are worrisome. Body transformations are not a decision to take lightly, and while it is not silicone being injected into your lips here, some young girls might opt for that instead.
Generally it is said that 90% go for temporary fillers though so the problems are rare, but it can lead to swelling, bruising, and extremely rarely there can be a blood clot created because of it. It seems better than sucking on a shot glass until you get your lips nice and plump though! That was the trend that we really need to get rid of since it can potentially cause a lot of damage to the lips of the youth.
While smaller lips might lead to self-consciousness, it is important to remember that you have ample time to make body modification decisions and using an 18-year-old as your role model, at least in these things, might become problematic. It is a good thing you need parental signatures to go through with it!
Photos courtesy @kyliejenner