Botched Love Island-inspired fillers left me with agonising blisters and ulcers – and my lips are STILL painful three years on


A SINGER has revealed how she was rushed to hospital with agonising blisters after botched lip fillers – and they are still sore THREE years later.

Saysha Williams, 25, from Bruton, said she felt the pressure to get the injections after watching ITV2’s Love Island and seeing plumped up celebrities like Kylie Jenner on Instagram.

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Saysha Williams, 25, from Bruton, felt the pressure from Love Island and Instagram celebrities to get lip fillers[/caption]

On a friend’s recommendation, she booked a slot with a beautician who rented a room in a leisure centre for the procedure.

Saysha’s lips swelled and went blue after the treatment and she was left with an excruciating rash that spread over her face – she still has pain and scarring years on.

Saysha said that her lips had never really bothered her in her teens, but she was left feeling insecure and disliking her appearance before her 23rd birthday.

Speaking to Fabulous Digital, she said: “Love Island had a huge effect. That’s one of the shows where the girls are perfect.

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After getting an infection from the procedure, she was left with agonising blisters and ulcers[/caption]

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Love Island’s Megan Barton Hanson previously compared getting lip filler to ‘getting your hair done’
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“It seemed like a really good idea. I was constantly looking online at celebrities on social media doing their make-up with really full lips and I started to compare my pout to theirs.

“At the time I was insecure about my appearance. I thought that getting the lip fillers would give me a confidence boost.”

The ‘injectables’ industry is worth £2.75 billion in the UK and shows no signs of slowing down thanks to reality stars like Megan Barton Hanson and Geordie Shore’s Charlotte Crosby making the look the norm.

Despite her mum and brother warning of the dangers, Saysha booked in to get them done as a “birthday treat” in August 2016.

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Three years down the line, she is still in pain and has scarring on her top lip[/caption]

Typical injections involve around 1ml to 2ml of solution, and the singer paid £200 for 2ml of Juvederm, but she didn’t require the full dosage.

She said: “I was given an address to a sports centre which I thought was a bit odd.

“When I turned up I was waiting for ages to go in. She put some numbing stuff on my lips and then started injecting my lips.

“When she finished she showed me in the mirror and I really liked them. They looked really good.”

Saysha admitted that she didn’t think to ask the woman if she had any qualifications, and she wasn’t given a consent form to sign, but she felt confident as her friend had visited her.

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She said she hates looking in the mirror and seeing the scar[/caption]

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Saysha now wants to warn others of the dangers after her horrific experience[/caption]

However, by the evening, Saysha said she started to panic as her lips were still numb and looked swollen.

She said: “My upper lip was turning blue but I thought it was just bruising coming out. But it got worse.

“The next morning I was in agony and I started getting white marks on my face, including my nose.”

Painful scabs spread across her face and she developed agonising ulcers in her mouth that stopped her from eating and drinking.

The next morning I was in agony and I started getting white noses on my face, including my nose.

Saysha Williams

She rang the woman who did her lip fillers, who claimed she simply had herpes, and gave her some tablet medication to cure it.

When Saysha’s lips got worse and her spots spread, she decided to ring 111.

She said: “By this point the spots on my face had gone to a mass. The inside of my lips and mouth were ulcerating.

“The doctor looked in my throat and I had white tonsils, it was disgusting.”


Lip fillers are a popular trend, where a cosmetic surgeon will inject a dermal filler to plump up your lips.

Temporary fillers need redoing every six to nine months, with semi-permanent lasting over two years.

There are a number of different substances used in the injection.

UK legislation on injectables are practically nonexistent so it is imperative that you research your doctor.

Many doctors would argue strongly against getting the procedure at a spa or a beauty salon.

Risks and side effects may include bleeding, swelling, reactivation of cold sores, infections, ulceration, allergic reaction and scarring.

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Saysa, pictured before her lip fillers, said she had never worried about her lip size in her teens[/caption]

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She was unable to eat or drink for five days due to her severe infection[/caption]

Saysha Williams

Painful scabs spread across her face and she developed agonising ulcers in her mouth[/caption]

It turned out that Saysha had got a severe impetigo infection, caused by the unhygienic conditions during the lip filler procedure, and was given strong antibiotics.

She said: “I was drinking through a straw and putting ice on my lips. It was so painful. I couldn’t eat for about five days after I got them done.

“I was living on ice cubes for drink and sucking crisps if I could eat it. It was so hard to eat because of the ulcers. Every time I moved my upper lip would crack.”


  • Impetigo is a skin infection that starts with red sores and blisters.
  • It often gets better within seven to 10 days if treated.
  • It is very contagious and can spread to other parts of your body or people until healed.
  • You should try to keep crusty patches clean and dry and to avoid contact with others until it is treated.

It took three weeks on antibiotics for the infection to leave, but Saysha said that three years down the line her lips are still painful.

She admitted: “My lips are still really sore. It’s hard to wax my upper lip if I need to, I still have scars there.

“It’s really tender and the line on my lips is indented and it’s hard to line them. I have to cover my scar with foundation on my upper lip.

“I still get white spots on the inside of my nostril – it’s never really gone.”


You should always do your research and take time to find a reputable practitioner.

Save Face, which is a government-approved register, provides a list of people who are qualified here.

Make sure the treatment is carried out in a clean, safe and appropriate environment.

Before you have Botox or fillers you should always ask your consultant what qualifications they have, what brands they’re using and if they’ve been extensively tested.

People with damaged nerves or muscle complaints should make sure whoever is carrying out Botox treatment is aware of this.

And Botox, along with fillers, is not advised for anyone who is pregnant or breastfeeding.

If you have problems take up the issues with your practioner as soon as possible.

And if you need medical attention, go straight to your GP or local A&E.

Looking back, Saysha said that she wishes she’d never got lip fillers and wants to warn others of the dangers.

She said: “It was such a traumatic ordeal I just wanted to move on from it.

“I definitely regret getting them done. People will say ‘she’s stupid, it’s her fault’. I know it’s my fault, but that’s why I talk about it.

“If I look back now my lips weren’t even that thin.

“I see so many girls wanting to get surgery aged 20 and I’m like you’re fine, you don’t need it.

I still get white spots on the inside of my nostril – it’s never really gone

Saysha Williams

“I see adverts on Facebook of hairdressers offering lip fillers. Some of the places only have one-day courses before someone can offer fillers.

“People love Love Island and I’m not going to say it’s a bad programme, but there is a danger to shows like it promoting a certain look.

“Young people are going to be watching and thinking that it is the norm.

“Celebrities don’t embrace that it is a dangerous thing to get done, they just show the positives.”

In May, MPs warned too many Brits are being left with “dreadful” physical and mental scars from ‘quick fix’ Botox and fillers – fuelled by cheap deals, celeb endorsements and social media ads.

In November 2018, Prime Minister Theresa May vowed to tighten regulations on the cosmetic service industry – but no such laws have been introduced.


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