Lip plumping enhancements have been one of the most unchanging trends in the beauty industry. For decades, the desire to have plumper and younger looking lips has not changed quite as much as people’s interests in other physical appearance enhancements. All trends come and go but somehow, luscious kissable lips, also known as lip fillers, have been a mainstay and will be here to stay for quite a while. This is why beauty professionals keep devising safer and more effective lip filler treatments, the latest of which is the Hyaluronic Acid lip fillers.
But just like any other new beauty products, exactly how safe and effective are Hyaluronic Acid (also referred to as HA) derma fillers?
The emphasis of this caution focuses mostly on DIY or do-it-yourself HA fillers which seem to be widely available online. The facts may just surprise you given how simple and safe the manufacturers of these products claim them to be.
But first, how is Hyaluronic Acid used? Is it all topical or does it require professional application? Read on.
How is Hyaluronic Acid Used?
Aside from topicals like lip serums and HA infused lip balms, there are also Hyaluronic acid concentrates, creams, gels, lip masks, and the most questionable of all: lip injections. Some sellers even claim to manufacture the Hyaluron pen, which they call needle-free injection kits in most online stores, advertised as a kit you can use on your own.
The recommended method of HA infusion is by going to a professional, ideally someone with experience in permanent makeup to have them perform the procedure, as some of the licensing requirements are pretty similar.
What is Hyaluronic Lip Filler Infusion?
The Hyaluron lip infusion uses a tool called the Hyaluron Pen which uses pressure instead of needles to infuse the Hyaluronic Acid into your lips. This is how it works when the enhancement is done in a legitimate, well-established beauty enhancement facility and performed by a licensed professional—which is the ideal choice.
However, as we heavily cautioned in this article, there are many products out there that try to convince consumers to do the procedure at home. This poses several risks and we do not put this caution lightly to our readers.
How does the pen work?
Hyaluron Pen Technology
The Hyaluron pen is only recently being used for aesthetic purposes. However, it has long been utilized by medical professionals to treat patients with diabetes. Originally, the pen was invented in order to deliver insulin into the body in the safest and most efficient way. How?
The pen, at least the professional grade one, operates with a “pressure technology” or some call it a “spring” system. As you can see in the photo, there is a trigger or some type of button to be pressed toward the bottom. Now, instead of the pen pushing a needle, it will generate pressure – which means it will PRESS the liquid mixture (i.e. the Hyaluronic Acid) – rapidly and forcefully that it gets into your skin without puncturing it with a needle. Think of a very strong and fast-moving tornado carrying rainwater drilling into the ground—except it actually feels gentler. The mixture gets into the upper layers of your skin and instantly (with no exaggeration) plumps and smoothens your lips.
Just remember and picture: high-speed movement of the liquid, launched with a single press, coming out of a small pipe or tube (no needles!), which then easily and quickly penetrates your skin. The Hyaluronic Acid will then diffuse into your tissues.
How do the DIY Hyaluron kits work?
As for the do-it-yourself Hyaluron pens and kits available online, you usually get the pen along with some ampoules that you can use on yourself in front of your dresser or bathroom mirror. If that idea doesn’t concern you, you might want to think again.
You will recognize these kits when you do a search or go to an online store where they describe the pen as painless lip lifting kit and needle-free DIY fillers. As confusing as it is, some even call it pain-free injections—most of the time, simultaneously! Compared to the professional Hyaluron pen’s mechanism described above, the variation and combination of the terms you see online are already worrisome. Often, they are also advertised as anti-aging products—which is also true but in a slightly different way.
When you get your kit, you are lucky if it comes with a clear instruction manual. Some of them only have a brief, step-by-step procedures on the back of the box. They may or may not have images or illustrations to guide you, in both cases, the instructions are confusing either way. In the worst-case scenario, you may not even get an instruction in English! It’s highly likely that has already happened to you when you’ve purchased any other unofficial products online. Shall we elaborate why? Clue—these products aren’t exactly produced in the US and we all pretty much know what that means. What you find yourself doing is searching for YouTube videos just to be able to figure out exactly how to do it. How frustrating can that be?!
Where exactly do you hit your lips with the pen? How deep, how much, or how precise do you have to be? As for those that indicate the kit to have needles, how do you avoid hurting yourself?
Unfortunately, this article cannot provide answers those questions because of one obvious reason—there aren’t any! You may watch some video tutorials and read as many articles you can find on DIY HA fillers online, but none of them give any clear indication of its safety.
What other risks are involved with the DIY pens?
– Widespread availability of counterfeit pens as well as the ampoules or fillers themselves
– Results may be uneven and lumpy
– Because of impurities in the Ha substance, they can pose risks to allergic reactions and infections
– Costs vary but many are overpriced given the effectivity
**NOTE: One of the biggest reasons NOT to buy these do-it-yourself Hyaluron Pen Kits online is that there are currently no official manufacturers of the pen who sell directly to consumers.
Please read the above line again. After reading the article, we highly suggest you go back to this section and read that note again. As many times you possibly could until it sinks in.
How is the professional Hyaluron Pen Lip Infusion safer than DIY kits?
First of all, to perform a professional Hyaluronic acid infusion, your artist needs to have a Blood Borne Pathogen Certification, which is a basic requirement. The reason for this is even though the professional grade Hyaluron pen does not use needles, the pressure from the pen can still cause bleeding although very minor.
However, knowing for sure that this pen is truly needle-free, there is far less chances of bruising or getting an infection.
So, that’s how the pen works. But why Hyaluronic Acid?
What Is Hyaluronic Acid?
Hyaluronic Acid is the most hydrating substance in the world, so it is very effective in reducing signs of aging. This is why it is also very effective in nourishing the lips and creating a fuller effect. Hyaluronic acid is already naturally being produced in the human body, so the treatment poses fewer risks of allergic reactions.
You already have Hyaluronic Acid in your body. We all do! Its main purpose is to retain water in our skin tissues. This makes it a great agent or substance for anti-aging procedures. In some cases, it can also be used to reduce laugh lines and wrinkles. It makes your lips look more youthful and you still get the plump, voluptuous lips that you want.
Since this procedure is still not very widely known, it’s important that you do your research when choosing an artist or facility to perform the Hyaluron lip infusion for you. Make sure to check the facility and what type of other beauty enhancements they offer. What is their main specialty? Do they do permanent makeup and do they also train other artists?
This will give you an idea of whether or not this company and their artists are taking their professions seriously, whether you are looking to get the treatment in Las Vegas or other states.