Lisa Sneller, of Pipestone, opened a new business called More than Lip Service at the Plaza Salon at 717 Sixth Street SE in Pipestone.
The company offers a variety of cosmetic and skincare services, including Botox and Juvederm injections.
Sneller said Juvederm is a filler made up of hyaluronic acid, which is something the body produces and produces less of after your mid-20s. She said the injections last about 12 to 24 months and dissolve in the body. She said there is also an enzyme that can be injected to dissolve it earlier if desired.
Sneller said Botox uses botulinum toxin, which paralyzes muscles and can be used to reduce wrinkles and treat migraines, jaw pain and other body aches. She said it lasts about three months and it is also absorbed by the body. Unlike Juvederm, it cannot be removed until it dissolves naturally.
More than Lip Service also offers micro-needling and chemical peels.
Sneller does the micro-needling using a SkinPen.
“We just put numbing cream on your face, let it sit for 20 minutes, then go slowly in a pattern,” Sneller said. “It makes little holes in your skin and it causes your body to go into hyperactive healing mode, so it stimulates collagen production and your skin becomes firmer and more youthful.”
Sneller said the process leaves skin red for about four hours, but is safe for all skin types.
Chemical peels are performed using a VI Peel. Sneller said skin peels are safe for people 13 and older and can be used to treat acne, dark spots, sun damage and other skin conditions.
Sneller said she completed approximately 40 hours of training for the services she will provide at More than Lip Service, including 20 hours online and 20 hours of hands-on training. She has additional training scheduled for May which will focus on pain relief treatments.
She said she decided to open More than Lip Service because the services offered there were not available locally. She said she has also had a long interest in skin treatments and believes the services can help create a positive self-image that can help people feel better about themselves.
“I wanted something in Pipestone that people drove a long time and spent a lot of money on and that I thought I could offer here, and just something fun and different,” Sneller said. “I’ve always been interested in acne treatments and skin treatments, especially for teenagers, so my interest started there and then kind of grew.”
Dr. Jodi Scott will work with Sneller at More than Lip Service. Dr. Scott previously worked as an obstetrician/gynecologist at Pipestone County Medical Center (PCMC) where Sneller worked as a nurse for approximately 21 years. Sneller said she would continue to work as a nurse at PCMC and that Dr. Scott was doing locum midwifery work in southwestern Minnesota and would continue that work.
Sneller said the state requires that any treatment provided by a registered nurse be provided under the direction of a physician. So she contacted Dr. Scott, who agreed to be her medical director. Dr. Scott will provide the same services as Sneller.
More than Lip Service is open Mondays from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., Tuesdays from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. and services are offered by appointment only. For more information or to make an appointment, visit the More than Lip Service Facebook and Instagram pages. A website will also be available soon at www.morethanlipservice.com. A binder and brochures on the services offered to the business will also be available at Salon Plaza during its opening hours.