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For many, needleless lip fillers, such as the Hyaluron Pen, seem like the perfect cheap alternative to traditional lip fillers. But are the results the same? Is the Hyaluron Pen even a safe treatment? In this article we dive into needleless lip fillers to give you an expert opinion on results and risks of the Hyaluron Pen.
What are needleless lip fillers?
Hyaluronic Acid (HA) Lip Infusion pens are pressurized devices that infuse HA serum into the top layers of skin. It does not use a needle to inject an HA solution like traditional fillers. The companies market these products as a way to promote collagen production and add volume to the area treated.
Unlike standard lip filler treatments that need to be done by licensed injectors, these procedures can be done by non-licensed professionals and are even available for at-home use.
How much do needleless lip fillers cost?
Are needleless lip fillers safe?
The short is answer is no. These devices use pressure to force the hyaluronic acid into the superficial (shallow) layers of the skin which can lead to: ulcerations in the lips, swelling, bruising, uneven results, vascular occlusions, infection, and cold sore outbreaks.
If you’re thinking that some of the above results can occur with regular lip filler, you’re correct. The difference is that when lip filler is injected by a trained medical professional they know how to avoid those side effects and also treat them in the rare instance they may occur. A non-trained individual may think all discoloration is a bruise whereas a medical professional (RN, PA, NP, Physician) will be able to identify a vascular occlusion and be able to respond immediately.
Because of so many adverse events these devices have been banned in other countries, such as Canada, and are getting more and more bad press for requiring medical attention post procedure.
Do needleless lip fillers work?
It can be temporarily effective to have needleless lip filler, but it may not give you the desired outcome. A major problem with needleless lip filler is that the product diffuses to a large area which can mean your body rapidly processes it in a short period of time. Results typically only last only 2-weeks. According to the Hyaluron Pen makers, “The skin gets a bit swollen at first, then the effects last for a couple of weeks, maybe a month, and the situation looks as it was before – no better, no worse.”
It is also very difficult for someone that doesn’t have medical experience and proper training to achieve safe natural looking results. Anatomy of the lips, and a natural result, is a complex process that takes a lot of training and practice. You have to respect the natural borders, tubercles, and shape of each person’s unique set of lips along with having the technique to create the desired result.
What’s the difference between needleless lip filler and regular lip filler injections?
Regular lip filler injections are done by trained medical professional that know the proper technique, anatomy, and safety. They can place precise threads of filler into the lips, exactly where they want it, to give a beautiful natural result. On the other hand, there is almost no control over where needleless lip filler will go and there doesn’t have to be any medical training for those injecting.
Does needleless lip filler work as well as regular lip filler injections?
No, as above these products are only going to last for around 2-4 weeks according to the manufacturers. Additionally, the product placement cannot be controlled in the pens like they can for injections. So the results won’t look as good, won’t last as long, and there are just as many risks or more due to being administered by anyone with or without training.
Who can perform needleless lip fillers?
The biggest problem with needleless lip fillers (Hyaluron Pens) is that you don’t have to be a licensed medical professional to offer this treatment. Because of this, many spas will offer the procedure without having anyone specially trained to perform it on staff. This can lead to accidents and adverse events (bruising, vascular occlusions, infection, ulcers, etc.) as mentioned above, and may not be recognized as dangerous if no medical professional are present.
What is the recovery time like for needleless lip filler?
If there are no complications, then recovery time is fairly brief with less general swelling and bruising than with traditional lip injections.
In most cases, swelling should go down in 24-48 hours but some consumers report having swelling for up to 1-2 weeks, just like with regular lip injections.
Should you get needleless lip filler in our opinion?
At the end of the day you are an adult and you are gonna do what you are gonna do. Some people are hell-bent on saving a buck and will try the cheap DIY home product no matter what anyone says. If that’s you, just know the risks versus benefits. Know what to look for in case of an emergency like infection or vascular occlusion, and know where to go to have it fixed if it does occur.
With that in mind, remember that the most expensive procedure you’ll ever get will be the one you have to get twice. So if you do something at home, and it’s horrible or dangerous, you will have to pay to get it dissolved or to go to the emergency room. Then you will have to pay to get it fixed if you still want the result.
If you are in the Denver, CO area and want to talk to a trained medical professional, come see us at Elite!