Teens Are Literally Disfiguring Themselves to Look Like Kylie Jenner

Kylie Jenner and her imitators (Instagram)
Kylie Jenner and her imitators (Instagram)

Teens! What will they think of next? Well, apparently it's sticking shot glasses on their faces in an attempt to plump up their lips to mimic Kylie Jenner's signature pout and then posting the results on social media.

Here's how it works: You stick a shot glass over your lips, suck all the air out, and the suction causes your lips to swell very briefly. Less brief, however, is the bruising this frequently causes. And that's just the best case scenario. Sometimes, if the suction is too much, the glass shatters and can cause serious cuts. Then you're going to really need surgery if you want to look like Kylie Jenner.

The photos in this story aren't even the worst of it. You can find far more graphic examples here, if you dare.

"A homemade shot glass lip plumping device is concerning on multiple levels," Dr. Dendy Engelman of Manhattan Dermatology and Cosmetic Surgery told Yahoo. Damage more permanent than bruising even is possible.

"When you are persistently swelling your lips they will begin to form scar tissue and not necessarily in a uniform way," Dr. Engelman said. "This can create a negative outcome that is potentially difficult to correct."

That has to be painful (Instagram)
That has to be painful (Instagram)

For her part, Jenner has always maintained that her lips are the result of makeup, not surgery.

"You guys have watched me grow up since I was 9," she told Cosmopolitan in January. "My face is going to get different. Now, I know how to do my makeup, contour and everything. I'm not against surgery. I'd never say no, but I don't desire it right now."

Further, Kylie credits lip liner for "[changing] my life."

Jenner vaguely addressed the trend on Twitter, saying she's "not here to try and encourage people/young girls to look like me."

Except if for you "experimenting" means using a shot glass to plump up your lips.

There are other non-surgical options to get fuller lips, which retain some of the #KylieJennerChallenge's DIY feel.

Ouch! (Instagram)
Ouch! (Instagram)

"If people are dead-set on using a lip plumping device, I tell them to be sure to use one that is specifically manufactured for that outcome and follow the instructions provided," Dr. Engelman said. "If it says not to prolong suction, then you should adhere to it. The pout created from 30-60 seconds of suction can last anywhere from 15-60 minutes. The more intense pouts created from prolonged suction can take days to reduce swelling and the bruising can take 7-10 days to go away. I hope people are seeing the before and afters online and realize how painful the process is!"