Is At-Home Lip Needling the Fastest Way to Plump Your Lips Without Fillers?

Rolling needles across your lips doesn’t exactly sound pleasant, let alone beneficial in any way. However, beauty blogger Farah Dhukai recently took to Instagram to promote what she claims to be an easy, at-home alternative for lip fillers: dermarolling.

“I’ve thought about getting fillers, but decided to try THIS alternate method instead and I LOVE IT!” says Dhukai in the post before explaining the exact method she uses when dermarolling.

🐡LIP NEEDLING AT HOME💉 How I made my lips BIGGER and PINKER without fillers👄 👯Those of you who have been following me for a long time have noticed that my lips arent as brown/pigmented as they used to be and theyre MUCH larger -My top lip was much smaller than my bottom. I get asked a lot if I have had fillers..Not gonna lie, Ive thought about getting fillers, but decided to try THIS alternate method instead and I LOVE IT! DERMAROLL YOUR LIPS FAM!!💋 I started dermarolling my lips 3 years ago and have never thought about filler ever again! 🔥IMPORTANT: MAKE SURE your micro needles are 0.5mm - NO BIGGER (I get my roller from amazon) 💦STEP 1: ALWAYS CLEAN your needles with alcohol and let it dry FIRST. Never use a roller that hasn't been sanitized first - it can have adverse reactions and cause infection. 🍼STEP 2: Apply a serum or treatment. I use @farsalicare Volcanic Elixir because it has helped lighten my lips significantly but use whatever you feel comfortable with 🤸🏽‍♀️STEP 3: stretch your lips so it's more comfortable to needle. Then use a light hand and start rolling. I roll horizontally first. Then vertically. Then diagonally and then you're done. *you are needling your lips so of course it hurts (for me it doesn't hurt much cuz I'm used to it, but first time users it might hurt more depending on your pain tolerance)* DO THIS ONCE A MONTH ⏰You will see bigger, plump, and pinker lips over time. Results don't happen over night with this, but you do get a slight plump initially. This is what I have preferred instead of getting fillers cuz I personally love large plump lips, so I thought I would share my routine ❤PS. I'm just sharing what has worked for me. Please keep the name calling and rude comments to yourself. Do your own research on what's best for YOU. Why this works: Microneedling makes tiny little pricks into your skin to "injure" it to help boost collagen production and help repair and regenerate itself. For me, doing this in conjunction with something that helps lighten lips over time has made my lips much pinker and fuller. ❤👍🏾like this video for more and share it with a friend who wants bigger lippies 👇🏽👇🏽👇🏽 Disclaimer: test patch first!!!

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Dermarolling, aka microneedling, works by using a dermaroller full of multiple, small needles to prick the skin and create tiny wounds in the epidermis. These tiny punctures force the skin to repair itself and create new skin cells for a brighter, tighter look. While this method has proven to be highly effective for boosting collagen production, eliminating acne scars and improving the skin’s overall texture when used on facial skin, it's been mostly considered an in-office procedure that patients shouldn't try at home.

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Marianne Pistilli, PA-C of Schweiger Dermatology in NYC, agrees with this notion: “I think it is too risky and should only be done by a medical professional or a trained operator,” she explains. “It is too risky to make yourself bleed because there is a huge risk of infection, and even more scary, it can bring on cold sores.”  

The takeaway? While lip needling will reap the same collagen-boosting, skin-plumping benefits for your lips as it would your face, it’s better to leave this one to the professionals.

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2 Comments
  • Sarah
    Posted on

    No one should be using a .5 needle length on lips! Or at home at all for that matter. .2 is maximum for use at home as it doesn't draw blood - why is this important? Infection!! When done in clinic with a .5+ needle length a new sterile device is used and ampoules only opened for that treatment. To use a .5 on lips is just silly.

  • Cece
    Posted on

    I have used this method for a couple years and I always use 90% Alcohol. Be sure to wipe the inside of the case with alcohol wipes following each use. The results are not as dramatic but look natural. Moderate to large volumes of fillers are not attractive.

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