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Women have been attempting to achieve fuller, plump lips through different cosmetic treatments, techniques, and procedures. However, these treatments require a board-certified dermatologist for safe and most effective results. Despite the internet’s fascination surrounding the device, DIY Hyaluron lip filler pens are highly dangerous. 

We at the Aesthetic & Dermatology Center advise patients to avoid these DIY lip filler pens at all costs.

How Does the DIY Hyaluron Pen Lip Filler Work?

The Hyaluron pen aims to create a result that is similar to a lip filler injection at a doctor’s office. The pen is a cheaper alternative to a professional lip enhancement treatment and is a “DIY” or an at-home product. 

The Hyaluron pen does not contain any needles, which has become an attractive selling point to many users on TikTok and Instagram. However, just because the device is “non-invasive” does not mean that the pen is safe for use. 

The device relies on extremely pressurized air to administer a non-medical grade hyaluronic acid at high speed into the skin. This creates a stream of hyaluronic acid that spreads under the skin of the lips.

The Dangers of DIY Lip Filler Hyaluron Pens

The Hyaluron pen touts that the device is non-invasive and painless for patients, however, this is not true. Considering the pen forcefully pushes hyaluronic acid into the lips, it is unfair to call the device “non-invasive.”

Since the insertion of the drug is delivered through pressurized air, it’s extremely hard to control how much of the drug is delivered and where it is inserted. It is very easy for patients to misuse the product and send hyaluronic acid into the wrong area given the patient’s lack of knowledge and control. The device’s intense pressure can cause more severe problems like blocked blood vessels, permanent skin necrosis, swelling, bruising, and lumpiness.

In some cases, the air pressure is not enough to surpass the superficial layer of the lip. This may deliver the drug to the wrong part of the lip. This may cause a puffy and uneven appearance.

Additionally, unlike your board-certified dermatologist, self-injectors rarely even clean the treatment area beforehand, increasing their chances of an infection. The chances of infection increase even more if patients begin to share the device or perform the lip filler pen on a friend. This may lead to swapping blood or bodily fluids which can cause diseases like COVID, herpes, HIV, and hepatitis. 

Another danger to DIY filler pens is the lack of research surrounding their use. These pens are new and unsafe, and there is a lack of research surrounding the permanent or long-term side effects. These DIY Hyaluron pens are not regulated or FDA-approved and are prohibited in Canada and all European countries.

What Patients Are Saying

The Hyaluron pens have mixed reviews online. While some influencers promote the safety of the product due to paid partnerships, several reviews left online detail the truth behind the at-home lip filler device:

“I had the Hyaluron Pen done on Sunday and within 1 hour of the procedure, my upper lip was grossly swollen and bruised. It is now day 5 and the swelling has subsided, but the bruising is still very prominent. I now have a small ulceration starting. It was not pain-free as promoted.”

Another Facebook review reads:

“It has been over a month and I still have the bumps where the HA was injected. It does not spread around evenly. My four friends and I have all experienced this. It was okay but definitely will not do it again.”

Professional Lip Filler Treatment

If you would like plumper, fuller but still naturally occurring lips, please book an appointment with a trained dermatologist injector or one of the master board-certified dermatologist injectors at the Aesthetic and Dermatology Center. One of the most dangerous aspects of the lip filler pen is that those handling it rarely have any background in medical or dermatological care.

Our master injector dermatologists use only medical-grade FDA-approved hyaluronic acid. Dr. Green will carefully deliver this acid to the safe zones and very specific parts of the lip. Such precision allows for more effective and meticulous delivery of the drug, instead of forceful air that leaves the drug in the path of least resistance. 

Our lip filler treatment typically takes around 15-20 minutes.

Dr. Lawrence Green is a board-certified dermatologist and award-winning master injector. He administers RHA® lip filler and other FDA-approved hyaluronic acid fillers, to patients in the DC, Maryland, and Virginia areas. Call our Rockville office today: (301) 610-0663.

The information contained in this post is intended for informational purposes and does not constitute professional medical advice.