A mum who booked a £400 cosmetic treatment at a hair salon said she left looking like "the Elephant man" and even feared she would die.
Sara Gibson, 46, ended up in A&E after suffering a horrific allergic reaction following treatment at a salon in Eyemouth, Berwickshire.
It has been alleged a beautician injected Gibson with a product which manufacturers said should only be used by qualified dermatologists before trying to refer the side effects with a follow-up jab.
The mum said she was left with a badly swelling jaw and lumps under her skin, and even said she thought she was "going to die" as she "looked like the Elephant Man".
Sara told the Daily Record: "At one point, I honestly thought I was going to die because I felt so ill. I looked like the Elephant Man.
"I'd never had anything done before so at the time I wasn’t aware of any implications.
"The beautician was doing a deal for £400 for lip fillers and three areas of Botox but when I was there I joked about some other lines around my mouth and she said, 'Let me try something', and just jabbed the needle into me.
"I had no pain relief - it was agony. When I looked in the mirror, immediately something didn’t seem right."
Ms Gibson then returned to the salon where a therapist told her she was having an allergic reaction and would need hyaluronidase - an enzyme substance - to dissolve the filler.
A beautician then allegedly injected Sara in the area that had been treated with a substance that she had left "from another customer".
Sara was later told hyaluronidase can trigger anaphylaxis – a life-threatening allergic reaction.
She said: "It turned out hyaluronidase can be so dangerous, it can kill someone who shouldn’t receive it.
"A doctor referred me to a plastic surgeon, who said I’d most likely have to get it cut because it was like concrete in my face.
"If I had reacted to the hyaluronidase that the beautician used to try to dissolve what she’d put in my face, I would have died."
Sara was eventually prescribed a course of steroids and came under the care of an aesthetic medical professional who continued treatment for 10 weeks before the problem was resolved.
The mum-of-four has since launched legal proceedings against the beautician, who she claims blocked her on Facebook after she asked for a refund.
Lawyer Jim Clark, from Emsleys Solicitors, the firm representing Sara’s case, said: "We’re investigating Sara’s claim in regards to a procedure carried out in Berwick-upon-Tweed in 2019.
"The claim involves a product named Bliss Filler and we have instructed medical experts so that we can investigate these allegations."