At least seven Arizona women claim they were left with painful infections after undergoing botched lip filler injections.
The women say they had separate appointments on August 3 at the house of a woman in Maricopa who was charging one-tenth of the standard price.
She had come highly recommended, claimed she was licensed and they'd seen photos of the results of her past clients, Fox 10 Phoenix reported.
But within hours of receiving their injections, the women's lips were swelling, oozing pus and developing cold sores.
At least seven women visited Gabby Acosta at her home in Maricopa, Arizona, on August 3. Pictured: Ashleigh Villaverde who says she developed a lip infection
Acosta had come highly recommended and was charging $80 per millimeter of filler. Most cosmetic surgeons charge about $600 per millimeter of filler. Pictured, left and right: Swollen lips after Acosta's lip filler injections
The majority of fillers used in the lips is made of hyaluronic acid (HA), a clear substance that the body naturally produces.
The acid is mixed with sugar molecules, which attracts water molecules to the lips, and plumps them up.
Our bodies, however, contain an enzyme called hyaluronidase, which dissolves anything comprised of HA and is why periodic touch-ups to these cosmetic injections are needed.
The woman who was performing the botched injections, Gabby Acosta, was charging around $80 per milliliter of filler, the patients allege.
According to the American Society for Aesthetic