We're all for tweaks and improvement, but you have to know your limits. After all, it's not just your physical appearance, since mental health suffers as well.
Now, meet Anastasiia Pokreshchuk, from Kyiv, Ukraine. The woman in question is obsessed with fillers. How do we know? Well, she's carrying DIY-injections, so yes, that's what obsession looks like.
She claims that her fillers made her more attractive to men. Her look definitely isn't everyone's cup of tea. Yet, she claims that she 'loves' her look and carries 'no regret' over it.
How many fillers is enough?
Speaking on This Morning, Anastasiia said:
"Of course, I have more attention with my filler, romantic also. But it's not to do with my cheeks - it's because I have become more confident."
So, she literally admits that her attitude changed, and it's not about her face, but her posture, self-esteem, self-love. Her looks are not important, and she seems to know it.
She also added that her mom doesn't like the look:
"My mom thinks this is a little bit crazy, but what can she do. No regrets, never any regrets, I'm happy with my cheeks."
Though it may seem harsh, we're certain that with the help from the right therapist, formerly shy Anastasiia, would achieve the same results. And that would be a cheaper, long-term solution.
Anastasiia had no self-esteem
In the same interview, the 31-year-old Ukrainian explains:
"I was ashamed of everything; my voice, my appearance. It was really hard work."
Well, not really. Hard work has nothing to do with the way you look. That's what makes some older people beautiful - self-love, which is about being happy with yourself and with what you got.
She continues her story:
"I think I was ugly before. My mom thinks that I was naturally beautiful before but now thinks I look more exotic and my friends say my new appearance is better because before I looked like a grey mouse."
Her Instagram grew overnight, and she's more than happy to share updates on her cheeks with her followers.
And of course, the young woman firmly believes that fillers are the best thing since sliced bread:
"After I had the injections and saw the changes in my cheeks, I fell in love with them. I love them, I want them to look like this and I'm very happy."
"I regularly inject other parts of my face myself. I understand that they look weird for other people but I don't mind."
Doctor's in the house
On the same show, Anastasiia faced cosmetic surgeon Dr. Alex Karidis.
The doctor warned her about the dangers, though she didn't care.
"There's a reason why injectable fillers are administered by experienced practitioners. There's a huge amount of skill and knowledge required."
Yes, we get that, but obviously, a plastic surgeon wouldn't talk about other things, such as mental health or what her face will look like in a decade.
He simply added:
"There's always complications that can occur even in experienced hands."
Anastasiia continued to spread love for her fillers:
"This can be dangerous but I do it with doctors I am learning online. I was worried, but I love this."
Anastasiia is one of the millions of young ladies, most likely suffering from filter obsessions.
Snapchat and other apps with filters harm people's self-esteem, and they have the potential to trigger body dysmorphic disorder. It's a mental illness classified on the obsessive-compulsive spectrum.
Editing your imperfections, to gain more followers, or simply look like the best version of yourself doesn't sound like much.
But, we're spending hours in front of those apps, and both genders face the harsh truth: their mirrors don't show the picture that they share with the world.
There will always be someone prettier, someone with better boobs, or the perfectly perky behind. Stop chasing filters with fillers, and instead, love your imperfections.
Enjoy your youth, and when you get to a certain age, feel free to mess up your face. But not before you turn 60, or even 70.
We expect that Anastasiia's face will look like that character from Saw before she hits 40, and no one here thinks that's funny.