Devil Lips: Bizarre Beauty Trend Sees Women Inject Lip Fillers to Create Wavy Pouts

There are numerous things that we do for beauty, but it seems that people outdid themselves in inventing weird beauty trends. You have heard of having faux nostrils or rainbow hair since they are highly presented on the net. You may think you have seen it all, then hold yourself as you have not seen the devil lips.

Devil Lips – The New Trend

It is believed that it is originated from Russia and it is based on injecting fillers in strategic places in the lips to create extra waves. Devil lips are also known as umbrella lips or octopus lips and slowly becoming popular in many countries.

Yet, people cannot believe the authenticity of these wavy edges on the lips speculating that it must be a result of Photoshop and hyper-realistic makeup. Dr. Chimene Langley, a dentist and an aesthetic practitioner maintains that she “can’t see how it would be possible to completely change the shape of the lip this way” with a lip filler.

She adds:

When you inject into the vermillion border you enhance the border and give it more of a crisp outline. But you can’t really alter the shape into something else entirely. If this is real it’s pretty horrendous anyway!”

There may be no evidence of the authenticity of this look, but many people post it on social media under the hashtag #devillips. It goes without saying that this new trend has caused great commotion on social media. Some liked it, but some found it outrageous, hideous and even disturbing.

Dermaspa founder and beauty guru, Nilam Holmes, was very open about this procedure considering it ridiculous and unsafe and she wanted to warn people about it on Instagram.

She wrote:

“It looks unnatural and ridiculous. The clue is in the title really… it is an unnecessary disfigurement! Whether it is tattooing and/or filler… it looks terrible. I thought it was photoshop and a joke for Halloween when I first saw it but apparently not. Please don’t be naive and follow silly trends like this. You will not be able to reverse it easily and go back to your natural lips if at all. Your lip border will be distorted and it won’t wear off evenly so you will have frilly lips for years to come.

She continues with her concerns and warnings: 

There are 20 more reasons I can think of. No one should encourage clients or teach this to practitioners and enable them to disfigure someone else’s face deliberately.”

Regarding the safety of having this procedure there are different opinions, some experts mark it as unsafe and others say the opposite.

Dr. Krystyna, a London-based Cosmetic Dentist and Facial Aesthetician, warns that this beauty procedure is not absolutely safe and warns about the risk of blockages that may lead to necrosis of the tissue. 

Krystyna states the following:

You cannot change the anatomical shape of the lips like this. You can sharpen and contour by enhancing the vermillion border, but these ‘devil lips’ are unnatural.”

She adds:

Filler injected inappropriately could end up in a blood vessel, causing blockages and leading to necrosis (death) of the tissue. The vessels are around the lips, so using filler inappropriately is what can cause this.”

On the other hand, there are experts that claim that the procedure is not dangerous like Debra Jaliman, MD, a New York City-based dermatologist and author of Skin Rules. She maintains that the injections are not harmful.

She maintains:

It’s a different aesthetic and definitely ‘unnatural’ but not dangerous.”

Dr. Jaliman says that the procedure is reversible if it is done with the right filler like the   hyaluronic acid, but she warns that there might be complications like the following ones:

However, any lip injection procedure does come with the risk of over-injection. If you put too much filler and don’t know the anatomy you can block [an] artery and cause sloughing (or shedding) of the skin.”

Regarding the fillers, she explains:

If it’s done with hyaluronic acid it can be reversible, but not if done with a permanent filler. There is a dissolver that instantly dissolves hyaluronic filler. As long as you use a filler with this natural substance.

Nonetheless, she recommends to the persons who want to go on with this procedure to be very cautious and prior going under this procedure to talk with their doctors and to do a thorough research. There are other less evasive methods that can still offer this current trend like Photoshop or makeup.