Needleless Lip Fillers: A Pain-Free Way to Achieve Fuller Lips
If asked to name Angelina Jolie’s most attractive feature, the vast majority would answer her plump and pouty lips. But what’s the difference between various lip fillers? And what is the unique advantage of hyaluronic acid lip fillers? Read on to discover what to avoid and what to do before and after your luscious lips treatment.
But first let’s talk about hyaluronic acid. It’s a clear, gooey sugar substance naturally made by the body so the risk for allergic reaction is unlikely. Its role is hydration which it does by increasing collagen production and retaining water to keep tissues well lubricated and moist. This creates plumper, younger looking skin and reduces the appearance of wrinkles.
Unfortunately, the natural aging process and exposure to pollution and the sun’s ultraviolet rays, slows down the body’s ability to make hyaluronic acid and collagen.
There are three main ways to augment your lips – Botox, dermal fillers, and needleless hyaluronic acid lip fillers – and each one has unique advantages and downfalls.
Botox lip procedures, sometimes called a “lip flip”, involve an injection of a chemical called botulinum toxin type A. It enters the middle dermis skin layers and temporarily weakens or freezes the muscles, forcing them to relax. Botox can minimize lip creases, smooth lines around the lips, and elevate the corners of the mouth. The injections are non-surgical, take 10 to 20 minutes, and effects are seen in three to seven days.
Botox tends to be a more subtle lip enhancer than dermal fillers but needs to be replaced every three to four months. As injection needles are used, bruising and swelling may occur for several days. Prices vary widely from $100 to $1,000. Because Botox limits the use of muscles, it is not recommended for lips as it can hinder your ability to pucker, kiss, whistle, use a straw, or even enunciate clearly.
2. Dermal Fillers
Dermal fillers use a tailored serum that contains hyaluronic acid, among other elements, to plump up the skin. The procedure is a non-surgical, dermis-layer needle injection and can be performed in a spa or salon without any real downtime. Restylane and Juvederm are the two main brands.
Restylane costs between $300 and $650 per injection, takes a few days to work, and lasts around eight months. Juvederm costs around $600 per injection and gives instantaneous results that last ten months on average. Temporary effects like bruising and swelling are possible, just as they are with Botox.
3. Hyaluronic Acid Lip Fillers
The huge plus with hyaluronic acid lip fillers is that they are needleless and pain-free. The serum is infused into the epidermis using a highly pressurized device called a Hyaluron Pen. The process ‘forces’ the hyaluronic acid into nano scale molecules.
This cosmetic procedure is appealing to those who wish a hyaluronic acid treatment lip boost but are too nervous of needles. The needleless lip filler creates volume, shape, and lift, while reducing fine lines. It has been used for lip augmentation since 2017.
Typically, the treatment takes 40 to 50 minutes in the spa and effects are instantaneous. Costs differ depending on how many milliliters you opt for (one, two, or three) and cost ranges from $200 to $600.
The Hyaluron Pen
A piston and spring in the Hyaluron Pen creates a high-pressure jet to flow hyaluronic acid gel into the skin. Lip fillers using the Hyaluron Pen work for most clients seeking fuller, plumper lips with smoother surrounding lines. However, the process should be avoided by those pregnant, hypersensitive, with skin irritations, or allergies to numbing agents like lidocaine.
Because hyaluronic acid lip fillers occur in the epidermis, the effects don’t last as long as dermal fillers. Depending on how quickly your body metabolizes the infusion, your luscious lips will last about three to six months.
Do’s and Don’ts
For one week prior and after your hyaluronic acid needleless lip filler appointment, avoid any common blood thinners such as aspirin, ibuprofen, or Advil. Also avoid caffeine, alcohol, and vitamin E. They can cause bruising, bumps, pinpoint marks, and lack of lip volume. Eat spinach, kale, and celery to boost your levels of vitamin K. For two days before and after, drink six glasses of water daily. For 24 hours prior and after, take arnica tablets and an anti-inflammatory to help minimize swelling and bruising.
On treatment day, don’t put pressure on the lip area, wash it only with water, and don’t wear lipstick. For a few days after your lip infusion, you’ll want to avoid UV rays (direct sunlight, tanning beds), flights, saunas, and workouts that can all dehydrate the body. New fresh fillers need time to set so lots of water and a lack of rigorous movement will help.