Woman left looking like Beetlejuice for a week after £1.8k chemical peel

A beauty fan admitted she was left "looking like Beetlejuice" for a week after a "traumatic" £1,800 beauty treatment covered her face in horrific scabs.

However, now claims she is "over the moon" with her glowing youthful look.

Amanda Watkins decided she would have a dramatic and intense chemical peel on her face because she felt insecure about wrinkles – especially around her eyes.

The 51-year-old decided to go for a full face treatment, including a phenol peel around her eyes – the most intense chemical peel available.

However, the pain was so excruciating, she considered abandoning the treatment after her eyes were done, but with an attitude of "beauty is pain", she carried on.

But after, she faced a painful week-long recovery as her face was so swollen she was temporarily blinded and her crusty and peeling skin gave her a "Beetlejuice-like" appearance.

Amanda said it was so bad, she needed to cake her face in factor 50 suncream and yellow antiseptic powder.

The mum-of-one documented her recovery on TikTok to give an honest account for others considering a chemical peel.

And many were left shocked as viewers admitted they thought her "graphic" appearance was a filter.

Despite this, Amanda is now happy with the results a a month on, after having the treatment on May 26.

She said she's since shed off her wrinkles and emerged with fresh, glowing skin – saying she has "no regrets", despite the gruelling recovery.

Amanda, from Pokesdown, Bournemouth, said: "The wrinkles around my eyes were bad – my makeup would sit in the lines and I would zoom in on photos of myself and cringe.

"I asked my cosmetic doctor whether I should go under the knife to get rid of them but he suggested a peel instead so I went for it.

"It didn't swell instantly but I felt like I was badly sunburnt and my skin was really tight, then by day two it got worse and by day three I was incredibly swollen – my eyes were almost swollen shut so I could hardly see."

She continued: "I also started peeling really badly. I posted about it on TikTok just to be informative and had lots of comments saying it was a filter or makeup and a few of my videos even got taken down for being too graphic.

"Lots of people said I look like Beetlejuice and I thought it was hilarious – instead of getting offended I got onboard with it.

"It was all part of the healing process and as the days passed the swelling slowly calmed down and the dead skin peeled off.

Amanda said she didn't realise how "haggard" she looked until seeing before and after photos.

She exclaimed: "I've got no wrinkles now and I'm absolutely over the moon with the results."

During the treatment, the retired charity event hostess endured intense burning as a chemical solution was applied to her face to burn the top layers of skin off.

She had to be monitored by her cosmetic doctor through close-up photos of her face every day following the harsh treatment because of the strength of the acid used.

She also had an in-person check-up the day after the appointment to re-apply the bright yellow antiseptic powder dusted around her scabby eyes to prevent any infections.

Amanda said that when the acid was first applied, it felt like her skin was "on fire" and then said it was sore for about 12 hours.

She added: "After I had my eyes done I said 'that's it, I don't want the rest of my face doing after that' but the doctor reassured me to just breathe and I got through it.

"They applied a neutraliser at the same time as the acid and had an assistant come and hold a fan on my face to cool the burning sensation down a bit but it was still really painful.

"When I first looked in the mirror and saw my swollen face the next day I got straight on the phone to the doctor and asked him if it was normal.

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"He reassured me it was and said it would get worse before it got better, which it did."

This isn't the first procedure Amanda has had – with her previously splashing out on a boob job and face lift after losing 140lbs.

During the week-long recovery, Amanda could hardly leave the house due to the risk of sunburn on her burnt skin and wasn't allowed to pick at any of the peeling skin, which could create scars.

Amanda now hopes to inform other women considering the procedure of the realities of the treatment and recovery before opting for a chemical peel.

She said said: "Women considering a peel need to see how traumatic the healing process is so I posted about it on TikTok just to be informative.

"For me it was one-hundred-percent worth it – compared to going under the knife it was a doddle and that would've cost about £10,000, so I have no regrets whatsoever.

"If you're happy in your skin that's wonderful but it's nice to have a choice – I believe in self love but if something is affecting your confidence go and treat yourself."

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