An adult film star was left fearing for her life after she suffered a severe allergic reaction to a lip job.
Kirsty Collins, 33, from Sheffield, wanted to have her lip fillers removed in order to completely re-design her pout.
Ms Collins, known as Bambi Black by her fans, paid £300 to have hyaluronidase injected into her lips to help break down the old filler.
However, within minutes, her top lip swelled to four times its normal size, and her manager, Jamie Allen, 40, insisted she was rushed to hospital.
After being treated by doctors, Ms Collins said she regrets not having a patch test which could have helped avoid the ordeal.
Ms Collins said: ‘I was so frightened, I even feared I might die.
I knew from the get-go something wasn’t right, as within seconds of the beautician injecting my upper lip, I felt this burning sensation begin to spread across my face.
I didn’t feel right at all, I started to panic and my heart was beating right out of my chest.
The next thing I knew, my upper lip was growing before my very eyes. I could see and feel it getting bigger and bigger.
Ms Collins has spent at least £30,000 on having Botox injections, lip fillers, cheek fillers, two boob jobs, liposuction, and is currently on the waiting list for a £3,800 Brazilian butt-lift.
She began remodelling her look when she started adult work seven years ago, after leaving her career as a glamour model to earn ‘big bucks’ in the film industry.
She said: ‘The industry demands that stars have cosmetic surgery, there’s no two ways about it. The porn look fans want can only be achieved one way – through plastic surgery.
‘If you want to stay on top of the game, you’ve got to beat the competition, and the only way to do that is by getting bigger and better – quite literally.
‘Knowing me, I’ll be on my death bed and asking for one last nip tuck.’
While her image is important for her job, with the business turning over £20,000 a month, Ms Collins also ‘completely loves the fake porn look’.
Ms Collins had been having lip fillers, which can cost in the region of £300, every three months. But, dissatisfied with her pout, she consulted a new clinic about having them removed.
‘For the past year or so I felt like I wasn’t getting the results I wanted from my filler,’ Ms Collins said.
She was advised to have a hyaluronidase injection – an enzyme in the body that breaks down filler naturally over the course of six to 12 months but can be used to speed up the process within days.
Now a veteran of cosmetic treatments, Ms Collins didn’t bat an eyelid when a beautician pumped a needle full of it into her top lip. It is not clear if Ms Collins was offered a patch test or not.
Ms Collins said: ‘I’d heard about people having allergic reactions to all sorts before, and I immediately began to worry that the numbing sensation spreading across my lips would reach my eyes or throat.’
Luckily Ms Collins’ manager, Mr Allen, of Sheffield, was with her and called an ambulance straight away.
Mr Allen said: ‘Given my line of work I know how to keep a cool head in these situations.