DR. ROLF BARTSCH TAKES A CLOSE LOOK AT THE HYALURON-PEN
The cosmetics studios currently have to remain closed, many now have time for care at home and so the lockdown is causing Amazon orders to skyrocket. Whether derma rollers, needling devices or hyaluron pens, in line with the current lip filler boom, everything is now also offered on the World Wide Web.
I ordered this “world novelty in lip injections” and took a closer look. The Hyaluron Pen is supposed to offer all the benefits that can be achieved with a classic lip injection, but is completely painless and non-invasive. And on top of that, it is so inexpensive. I’m excited.
The supplied hyaluronic injection pen with atomizer in the colorful pink/orange color combination is available on Amazon for anyone to order. It is touted as a “derma pen without pain”, as if by magic, hyaluron is properly placed and injected. Easy to use for anyone/woman.
“Plakativ said: Pain-free lips fill for € 37, – exkl. dispatch – a bargain”.
Can this work? From me a clear NO.
Packaging: If I open the packaging, I see an ampoule with unlabeled liquid. There is no expiration date apparent. The ampoule with a mini syringe is already slightly opened in the packaging and is not sterile.
Technique: I now put on the non-sterile needle, with which hyaluronic acid or also any other material, can be drawn up. The needle is only needed for the application, because the hyaluronic pen advertises that it does not require a needle and is therefore painless. The pen works with the system of a compressed air gun. When a lever is pressed, the pressure builds up. When the button on the back of the pen is pressed, the hyaluronic acid shoots into the skin at a speed of up to 8000km/h. The technical instructions are very clear. The given technical instructions need some explanation. I finally took the plunger out of the back and filled it with cross-linked hyaluronic acid. Subsequently, this again put on. The charging process takes place, I press the button and the plunger shoots the hyaluronic acid down.
In my YouTube video, I also show in slow motion how inaccurately the hyaluronic acid is shot down and placed.
Application: If we look at the structure of the lip, it is not just skin, but cornea and dermis, fatty tissue and muscle. The derma pens shoot the hyaluronic acid into the fatty tissue of the skin with high pressure and high speed. Compared to hyaluronic creams, the substance actually penetrates the deeper layers of the skin, but still not as far as a hyaluronic injection from a doctor. Derma pens may be used by beauticians, injections only by doctors – there is a reason for this.
Risks: In addition to the risks already mentioned, such as unsterile needles, undefinable fluids with no expiration date, and improperly placed material in the lip, swelling, scarring, or necrosis (dead tissue) can occur. When the fluid is “shot” into the skin, small injuries can occur due to the high pressure. If work is not performed in a sterile manner and under high hygienic regulations, infections may occur. If the same Hyaluron Pen is given to another person or reused on another patient, the same risks arise as with a reused needle (HIV, hepatitis, etc.).
My conclusion – Hands away.
- This is a very non-sterile thing with a questionable filler.
- There is no science behind it, there is no certainty where the enclosed material comes from.
- There are no precise results. The pen injects the material flat into the superficial layers of the skin, not precisely into the layers of fat tissue where it belongs.
- Because the pen is a relatively new invention, little is yet known about longer-term side effects.
- There is a reason why hyaluronic acid is precisely injected by aesthetic medicine doctors using a syringe and we do not work with questionable hyaluronic pens.