Lip Injections Ruin Model's Life as She Becomes Internet Joke

Princess 19 on 13 Jun 2011 at 3:00pm

What happens when you and your doctor can't say "no?" You could end up horribly embarrassed by your face.

We've all heard of Lisa Rinna's battle with her years of lip injection use.  The actress finally reversed the effects via surgery last year (see below, right).  Recently, one California model discussed how her overzealous use of collagen on her lips ruined her life.

As reported by the Daily Mail, aspiring model Priscilla Caputo started using collagen lip injections to improve her looks and help her modeling career.  She never noticed the blatant changes to her appearance.  She always just thought she needed more and more improvement.

Lisa Rinna's lip reduction

"It's like when some fat people look in the mirror and they don't see a fat person. I'd look in the mirror and see somebody who needed a little more help, " said Priscilla.

As the story continues, she actually blames her plastic surgeon boyfriend for not stopping her from the continued use of the injections.

"He never said, "Stop, it's too much,"' she said. "So I just kept going."

It wasn't until Ms. Caputo, 30, posted pictures online that her obvious "before" and "after" ballooning results made her an internet joke almost overnight.  She became depressed and suicidal after realizing that her injection addiction completely altered her appearance negatively.  The modeling offers stopped.  She eventually went into therapy.

According to some RealSelf doctors, Priscilla's addiction is not uncommon. 

"There are specific psychological disturbances that cause people to seek cosmetic surgery, " says LA oculoplasitc surgeon Dr. Kenneth D. Steinsapir.  "The best recognized is a condition known as Body Dysmorphic Disorder (BDD).  It is characterized by a preoccupation with minor or imagined flaws in appearance that causes severe distress."  He goes on to add, "These individuals often have multiple surgeries to address the problem with little satisfaction."

Priscilla Caputo before collagen  Priscilla Caputo after collagen injections

After all that she went through, would Priscilla do it again?  Her answer is no.

"I can't look at these pictures of myself without crying, but I'm willing for people to see them if it helps just one girl avoid the path that I took," she says. 

"Take it from me - you'll be much happier if you stay with what nature gave you."

Priscilla has since stopped any lip procedures and is slowly regaining her original lip proportion.

Lesson to be learned: know when to stop.

Do you think her surgeon is just as reponsible for her overdone look?

lip augmentation before and after

 

Photo credits:  thefrisky.com, Daily Mail


 

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Lip enhancment always improves the appearance, as long as it's not over done. We see many Hollywood stars going overboard, and it makes me wonder "don't they have experts advising them"? When you look at actresses like Courtney Cox, you just know she'd look better without the lip enhancment, she is so obviously overdoing it.
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Are we still talking about "lip,butt," enhancement?
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Just lip.
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My point is she says it was collagen and she's claiming it ruined her life. Isn't that a tad overly dramatic given the time frame collagen lasts for? But meanwhile she went public with her complaint / story / interview instead of laying low for a few month's until it went down in size? Sounds to me like a publicity stunt…perhaps to generate more looks in her direction or at her website (I am guessing she has a website, fb page, myspace page Youtube page) Or else for the life of me I cannot figure out why if she hates it so much…why she made sure everyone has seen them.
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These procedures say one thing to us Men and that is " I give head with these Guppy Lips" your a bunch of idiots !
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And yet women continue to do it, what does that tell you? It's not all about you!
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Exactly!
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In LA, this type of thing is totally normal. There are so many cosmetic enhancement victims walking the streets that there is a normalizing aspect to it. Priscilla is just one of many, sadly.
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Bottom line...everything should be done in moderation. Most people generally have features that are proportioned to their bodies. When you have a thin face and try to inject your lips to look super full, it's going to look awkward. You weren't naturally born with that, so it wouldn't look natural. It would look rather clownish. Stick with natural first and if you have to try to "improve" yourself, make sure it's in moderation, even proportioned and absolutely not like someone that you admire.
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Correction- Absolutely not like someone you admire that isn't anywhere similar to your frame or facial structure.
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Maybe you should be clearer about what you mean by your claims of natural proportion. You're right, enhancing your lips to take up the entire space between your nose and chin is NOT proportional. But what about ladies like me? I've been accused since MIDDLE SCHOOL of having had a boob job. My guy friends jokingly call me "tits on heels" because my breasts are abnormally large on my small frame, with a bottom that is also nearly abnormally small if I'm not at a BMI of 18 or lower. On the surface, discussing my want for smaller breasts and buttock implants with fat grafting to people who don't know me, they think I'm crazy and going "too extreme" with my re-proportioning. But until they know me and my exact goals, they don't know what's extreme and what's not. In this woman's case, there is definitely some BDD and self-esteem issues, but that doesn't make it okay to make sure broad statements.
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I believe I was very clear, because I started by saying, 'Most people generally have features that are evenly proportioned with their bodies....' It just so happens that you didn't fall under the category of 'most people', which clearly doesn't mean 'all people'. 'Most' would mean there are some exceptions....you being an exception based on the description of yourself. That being said, you would desire to look more natural.
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Aww I feel really bad for her! No one should judge her so harshly by the way she looks, also I dont think this "ruined" her life as you say, maybe it is a good thing its very possible she has BDD because the modeling industry can be tough on models. I would like to see a lot of diversity in size, facial features races of models. Skinny white girls are the only people that are beautiful. I would like to have enough body fat to menstruate. I wish this lady the very best and I do think anyone considering plastic surgery to possibly go to therapy first in case you do have some deep set self esteem or body hating issues.
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There are lots of models from various ethnicities and different shapes. If you are seriously upset by the issue of skinny white models, maybe you should patronize labels, magazines, etc, that use models who aren't size 00 white girls. Businesses follow where the money goes, not approval ratings. As long as it doesn't result in legal issues, they don't care how you FEEL about the product if you're still buying it. I do somewhat support your idea for having evaluations done before PS though. Women who have issues with BDD, addictive personalities, severe bipolar disorder, etc, definitely should not be taking chances with ruining their bank accounts and bodies with plastic surgery. Just because some of us can see our bodies for what they really are and give serious thought to changes made to our bodies (I never get a tattoo or piercing without thinking it over for AT LEAST six months before going through with it) doesn't mean every woman can.
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Look I'm a white boy and honestly big bootys, big full lips, wide hips, and darker skin is definitely a black thing I mean that's kinda common sense... Especially big booths mann its definitely rare to see a white chic with a fat ass. But I think its crazy ppl getting all these damn ridiculous surgeries my ex gf had such low self esteem to the point it was UNATTRACTIVE. This girl was desperate to get butt injections and she already had a boob job. I tried to tell her she would absolutely ridiculous with a big ass. WHY? BC ITS A BLACK THING... 2years later now im with my new girl who naturaly is curvy and confident with her figure. AND YEA SHE BLACK, well trinidadian.ladies your
all beautiful love yourself us men don't care AB all the extra bull crap, natural is better. But if you got natural big breast and ass than that's a plus!There's other shit we love about women than just your looks. PEACE&LOVE
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that's good to hear...maybe she's finally growing up.
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"Priscilla has since stopped any lip procedures and is slowly regaining her original lip proportion."

I don't understand...colagen doesn't last all that long. It shouldn't be that hard to regain her original lips.
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