This week I dove into learning everything there is to know about the up-and-coming process of needle-free lip injections (and I even tested it out myself!). The latest beauty obsession has been centered around having a perfectly plump pout, but not everyone is blessed with it naturally and those who aren’t may not be comfortable with the thought of putting a needle to their face in order to achieve it.
Every procedure is completely personalized to you so for my treatment we only added too my top lip since I wanted a very natural look that would simply even out the sizes of my top and bottom lips.
Questions I Had About The Procedure:
What exactly is Hyaluron Pen?
The Hyaluron Pen is a device that uses enough pressure to push hyaluronic acid into the skin. Since there are no needles involved, this process is considered to be a much more gentle way to plump your lips.
What Is Being Injected Into My Lip?
The Hyaluron Pen is using pressure to push Hyaluronic Acid into your skin. So what is Hyaluronic Acid? Hyaluronic Acid is produced naturally in your body to help the skin retain moisture so as you can imagine, when you put more of that substance into your lips it helps to give your lips a plumped, moisturized, and more youthful glow.
How New Is This Pen And Why Haven’t I Heard Of It Before?
Although new to the beauty industry, the Hyaluron Pen has actually been around for a long time- used in the medical field to inject insulin into the skin for diabetics. The technology of this pen has been long tested and perfected, the only thing thats new has been the discovery that this needle-free method can be used to insert Hyaluronic Acid into the skin as well.
Is it semi-permanent/Permanent?
One of my favorite things about this procedure is that it is considered to be a temporary beauty treatment and is not in any way semi-permanent or permanent. Some companies may try to advertise this as a semi-permanent solution but this is absolutely not the case and I will explain to you why. One of the main reasons injections using hyaluronic acid are so safe and trusted is because your body actually produces this same substance and therefore these injections will eventually be metabolized by your body. Additionally hyaluronic acid fillers help to retain moisture instead of stimulating collagen production like some injections do.
How Long Does It Last?
The results of this treatment last 4-6 months. Although the Hyaluronic Acid found in your body and the Hyaluron Acid being inserted into your skin are the same, a good Hyaluronic Acid filler will be cross-linked which helps to slow down the speed at which your body metabolizes it. Fillers that stay in the skin forever and are not naturally metabolized by the body (like silicone for example) can cause a plethora of issues so when taking that into account, the fact that you would need to come in every 4-6 months for a refill is actually a very good thing.
Let’s Say Worst Case Scenario I Don’t Like It, What’s Next?
Okay so let’s say you hate it. Is it the end of the world? Not at all. In the unlikely case that you are unsatisfied, Hyaluronic Acid fillers can be partially or completely removed with an injection of an enzyme called hyaluronidase which will help to dissolve the Hyaluronic Acid in your lips.
Are there any restrictions client-wise?
There are very few restrictions on who can receive this treatment but pregnant women, people who are severely allergy sensitive, and anyone with extreme skin conditions should speak with their doctor before receiving this treatment.
What If I have An Allergic Reaction To The Hyaluronic Acid?
I watched a show once where this lady was allergic to water so I cannot confidently tell you that you are not going to have an allergic reaction, but it would be pretty incredible if you did since your body contains this exact substance naturally.
Does It Hurt?
I personally did not have any pain throughout the entire procedure, I actually did not feel anything at all. I will admit that the sound of the pen was a little bit startling but I was given a countdown before the sound each time and lets be real- I would much rather hear a loud noise than feel any pain.
What Is The Aftercare?
Avoid rigorous exercise, makeup, and keep your lips clean and hydrated for the first 48 hours after your treatment to prevent infection.
Is There Pre-Care I Need To Do Before My Appointment?
24 hours before your appointment you will want to avoid ingesting any NSAIDS, alcohol, or supplements such as fish oils that can increase your risk of bruising. You also will want to arrive at your appointment without makeup on and let your treatment provider know if you have a history of cold sores so that they can give you treatment advice for before and after your lip enhancement.
How Long Does It Take?
Numbing beforehand will take btween 10-30 minutes and the injection process itself usually takes about 15-20 minutes.
Will I Bleed or Bruise?
Compared to normal lip injections it is a lot less likely that you will bleed or bruise with the Hyaluron Pen but you have to understand that it is possible! Your treatment provider should check for veins in your lips and try to avoid them during the process but they can be difficult to find/avoid. Anytime substance is pushed into a vein you may have slight bleeding or bruising.
How Do The Results Compare To Botox?
Hyaluronic Acid fillers boast a vary natural and soft result compared to botox results which can be more prominent.
In What Way Is This Safer Than Botox?
One of the major risks of botox comes from the possibility of the fillers blocking a blood vessel if they are injected too deep. When using the Hyaluron Pen to infuse your lips with Hyaluronic Acid it is anatomically impossible to accidentally inject the substance in this way so it does not pose the same risk as botox.
Step 1: Numbing
Numbing cream is applied to the lips.
Step 2: Cleansing
The lips and face are thoroughly cleansed to ensure that no bacteria is pushed into the skin during the procedure.
Step 3: Comfort/Planning
A hair net and eye mask are applied to keep your hair out of the way and ensure that you are comfortable.
Step 4: Check For Veins
A light can be used to check for veins that will be avoided during the process.
Step 5: Injecting With The Pen
Although it looks like there is a needle at the end of the pen, it is actually an open space where it pushes the serum out of of the pen and through your epidermis.
Step 6: Massage
Your lips are then lightly massaged to distribute the Hyaluronic Acid evenly throughout your lips.
Step 7: Results
All done! You get to checkout the results and get stoked about your hydrated and happy plumped pout!