Dr. Bruce Katz featured in a Byrdie article entitled "3 Needle-Free Lip Filler Alternatives Experts Actually Recommend."
If you're looking for a safe alternative to at-home hyaluron pens, your best bet is to visit your dermatologist. "In-office hyaluronic acid injections like Juvederm, Volbella, and Restylane Silk are all safe, FDA-approved treatments," says Dr. Bruce Katz, a board-certified dermatologist and the director of JUVA Skin & Laser Center in New York City. "They work by replacing lost volume in the lips and enable us to precisely contour the shape of the patient's lips. Another treatment we pioneered in our practice is the Smartxide DOT fractional/CO2 laser, which creates microscopic columns of holes in the skin, taking away older, damaged collagen and allowing new collagen to grow in."
The DIY Version
One DIY method you can try at home to plump up your lips involves a few items you have in your kitchen. As Katz tells us, "You can create a lip scrub of sugar, cinnamon, and a pinch of cayenne pepper. Mix it with a bit of extra virgin olive oil and rub it on your lips." According to the dermatologist, cinnamon and cayenne will work to increase the circulation in your lips, making them appear plumper. While these results may be temporary, the treatment is safe and easy to do at home without any risks.