Despite undergoing several operations, their faces remain botched to date, bringing them face-to-face with vile comments from people.
Never indulge in cheap and untested beauty treatments.
Girl you know iont play about my hair. These baby hairs stay laid lol. She need to stop using them cheap ass flat irons and get a treatment to!— 🇯🇲 (@kaysa_beauty) 9 November 2017
It is a lesson promulgated since the science of cosmetology entered the beauty sphere as too many have suffered the consequences of a 'cheap-beauty-procedures-gone-wrong'.
Like how three Filipino friends from Cabadbaran, Agusan del Norte were affected as a result of getting cheap beauty fillers injected, which gave them mutilated faces for the rest of their lives.
Like many transwomen, Alvina Bernardes, 28, Maui Cababao, 30, and Nina Lavadia were keen to have a face that could bring them closer to looking like a woman. However, they didn’t have enough money to afford expensive filler treatments by licensed doctors that cost P20,000-P50,000 ($377-$942).
It was in 2009 when a woman named Janet offered to give Bernardes cheek enhancement for P500 ($10). The overall cheap cost to get her dream cheekbones was attractive enough for Bernardes; who decided to avail the service.
"Ten years ago, here in our place, there was another girl who went here. She encouraged us to get injected, too. Because we are from the rural province, we were inexperienced, we did not know better. We did not know at first what the substance was, that was injected into us.
She just promised that we would become more beautiful like her," Bernardes was quoted as saying by The Metro.
However, what it actually turned out was nothing short of a horror story as the results of the cheap fillers began to show.
"My face started to get irritated. My face was burning with itchiness. When the weather is hot it becomes more bloated. It feels very heavy," Bernardes revealed.
Instead of using the usual fillers used by doctors, Janet had apparently used melted petroleum jelly in Bernardes' nose, cheeks, and chin. For the first few months, Bernardes was very happy with the result of her treatment. In fact, the results convinced her friends Cababao and Lavadia to undergo the procedure too.
However, the consequences of injecting cheap fillers manifested its effects barely after six months when Bernardes developed intense itching and severe bloating around the treated areas.
"My face started to get irritated. My face was burning with itchiness. When the weather is hot it becomes more bloated. It feels very heavy," Bernardes divulged.
The three friends have visited several doctors several times for treatment and underwent their latest operation last year. But nothing could bring them back even close to what they looked before injecting their faces with cheap fillers.
Even though the swelling has reduced but the negative side-effects of the initial injection of petroleum jelly are still perceptible. According to Cababao, even ten years have elapsed since they got the procedure done, the depression continues to haunt them.
"I seldom go out of the house because I’m shy. I tell myself that it’s my fault anyway. After my appearance changed, a lot of people were shocked. People were teasing me, calling me names and discriminating against me," Cabbao told Metro.
But the three friends hope to find a permanent solution to their woes soon.
"I know that there is still hope. But sometimes I get hurt too. I hope that people show support and understanding more than anything," added Bernardes.
Dr. Henry Claraval, a facial plastic surgeon, warned against treatments using petroleum jelly as fillers, advising patients to choose only certified procedures performed by licensed doctors in clinics.
"When you see it in its container placed for external use only and it should not be injected into someone's face because it is very dangerous. It is not accepted by our body and usually, the body has considered it a foreign body," Claraval was quoted as saying by The Summit Express.
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