When Kylie Jenner, the youngest member of the Kardashian-Jenner clan, denied the use of lip fillers to achieve her ever-expanding pout, and instead attributed her look to the use of suction cup-like devices, the social media world went haywire. Seemingly overnight, impressionable young teens eager to get lips like Kylie started the #KylieJennerChallenge, which involved artificially plumping their lips with the use of a shot glass or 2-liter soda bottleneck. While this method can, indeed, make the lips appear even twice the size, it’s seriously dangerous, according to experts. “The process can cause permanent tissue damage, broken blood vessels, and even numbness or loss of function around the mouth,” warns Melanie D. Palm, MD, San Diego-based dermatologist and cosmetic surgeon. “It may seem like a silly and fun prank, but it can have permanent and blatantly visible side effects on your face.” Find out if lip-plumping products actually work.
Using waist trainers to achieve a slim midsection
Also kicked off by the Kardashian crew, this trend involves wearing a corset-like bodice for several hours of the day for extended periods of time to achieve the ideal hourglass shape. The issue with this perceived figure-slimming fix, however, is the potential health damages that can arise from its use, according to Grace Anglin, a nurse practitioner at Capizzi MD in Charlotte, North Carolina. “Consider how tight this garment feels on your skin when you put it on; then imagine how it makes your internal organs feel,” she says. “Squeezing your organs together and decreasing the available internal space they have is not a good thing.” Your best bet for a more flattering physique is the old-school method of hitting the gym and eating a healthy, well-balanced diet. Learn which workout can cut two inches off your waist—fast.