Doctors warn against TikTok trend of using erection cream for fuller lips
Doctors are warning against trying a new TikTok trend in which a man used erection cream for fuller lips.
TikTok user Jerry Mal posted the video that now has over 3.5million views.
In the video where he demos using erection cream on his lips, he says: ‘Basically, I saw a movie where a girl put erection cream all over her lips and it made them really big, so now I’m going to try it. I forgot what film it was.’
When the cream is on he updates viewer with: ‘It kind of tingles. It’s not terrible, but we’ll see.’
He then says he’ll leave the cream on for another five minutes to see how much bigger his lips can get, but then after a few minutes, he has to take it off due to stinging.
‘It’s burning really bad,’ he admitted.
Once the cream is removed and his bigger lips are revealed, he says: ‘I kind of like it.’
If you know what movie I’m talking about please tell me because I want to watch it again #beauty #lips
In the comments, many viewers said they were now tempted to try using erection cream themselves for the same effect.
But doctors have warned against this, with Dr Ross Perry GP & Medical Director of Cosmedics saying: ‘Putting erection cream on your lips in a bid for a fuller pout is utterly ridiculous and can be extremely dangerous for a number of reasons.
‘Individuals trying this could suffer an allergic reaction such as stinging, soreness, blisters and uncomfortable swelling.
‘Other side effects from the absorption of the cream as it goes into the body can create headaches, blood pressure problems and even possible heart problems.
‘The cream could also flare up cold sores if you’re prone to them already.’
Even if you are tempted, Dr Ross warns it’s not worth it as ‘the effects of this even working will only be temporary and last a few hours at best.’
Dr Tunc Tiryaki, world renowned aesthetic, facial and reconstructive plastic surgeon says: ‘The healthy and scientifically acceptable way of plumping your lips is using degradable lip fillers, which are made of hyaluronic acid.’
‘Reinjection is necessary, but at least if you don’t like it, it is reversible.’
This procedure should be administered by a regulated and registered practitioner.
He advises against trying the supposed hack shown in the video because erection creams ‘usually contain alprostadil, a vascular dilatator, meaning it makes the blood vessels larger.’
They can have side effects even on thick skin, so using them on thinner skin like the lips ‘greatly enhances the absorption of the active ingredients, thus skyrocketing the risk of complications.’
Dr Tunc adds: ‘The risk of digestion of these creams – which are absolutely not designed for swallowing – can create not only local problems but generalized side effects.
‘This is why people should not be using these creams on their lips.’
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