Is There a New Flat Needle Being Used to Inject Radiesse into the Face?

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Blunt Cannula for injection of Radiesse

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The blunt cannula is an excellent method to administer Radiesse treatments to the face and hands.  In fact, any injectable filler can be used with a cannula.  The cannula is not a needle; they are metallic stainless steel with a longer shaft than most needles that can deliver the filler to most areas of the face.  The cannula is entered under the skin after a small puncture is made through the skin with a regular needle.  The cannulas are advantageous since they cause significantly less bruising, less swelling (when performed correctly), and less pain.  I perform about 90% of my injectable fillers utilizing the Dermasculpt blunt cannula--most of my patients have stated that they will never go back to traditional techniques.

Los Angeles Facial Plastic Surgeon
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New Technique for Radiesse Injections

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It is not a needle; it is actually a blunt tipped cannula.  Using a cannula to inject fillers has several advantages: less risk of injecting into a vessel which decreases risk of bruising, less trauma and puncture sites.  It does however, take a bit longer to do administer than it would with the previous needles.  These cannulae can also be used to inject other dermal fillers as well.

Karyn Grossman, MD
Santa Monica Dermatologic Surgeon
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New Flat Needle for Radiesse Injections

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Yes, there is a blunt cannula available for Radiesse injections, replacing the previous sharp needles which were more likely to cause post-injection bruising. With these blunt cannulas there is less risk of injecting the filler into a tiny blood vessel which can cause serious complications.

Richard W. Fleming, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 43 reviews

Blunt Cannula for Radiesse injection

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The blunt cannula allows blood vessels to be ‘pushed aside’ as the cannula traverses the tissue under the skin instead of piercing the blood vessels as with traditional needles used by most practitioners. This has truly decreased bruising in my practice by 90% especially when using filler under eyes or in the lips.

In addition, the blunt cannula technique has allowed me to use the traditional fillers for wrinkles in the nose as part of his nonsurgical rhinoplasty that is also performed only by a few. The fear of using fillers around the eyes and in the nose has always centered around penetrating vessels with the filler material and ‘clogging’ the vessel causing a lack of blood flow to the area that can cause skin death or even blindness. Though this can still happen, gentle movement of a blunt cannula through the tissue in these areas minimize such concerns. Injecting Radiesse using a blunt cannula works very well in all areas of the face, even in the nose.

Mike Majmundar, MD
Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Alternative to using a needle to inject Radiesse

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There is a new blunt cannula that is being used with Radiesse.  These cannulas are longer than most needles being used so a wider area can be reached from the same entry point, which can minimize the number of times a patient needs to be poked.  Another advantage to these blunt cannulas is that they are very flexible. This added flexibility can allow the cannula to push past, rather than through, blood vessels, leading to less risk of bruising or intravascular injection of the product.  The cannulas to require a slightly larger poke or incision to be made in the skin for entry than the traditional needles that are used to inject.

Hope that helps~

Dr. Grant Stevens

Grant Stevens, MD
Los Angeles Plastic Surgeon
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New Flat Needles for Injecting

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Many experienced doctors are now using blunt flexible cannulas to inject filler.  The advantage is that unlike a needle, the tip is blunt not sharp so that you minize the risk of bruising, bleeding - as well as less downtime.  Usually a small opening is made in the skin with the needle and the cannula is introduced through the prick hole ... there is also less risk of inadvertendly delivering product into a blood vessel.

Deborah Sarnoff, MD
New York Dermatologic Surgeon

New needle for Radiesse injections

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Merz has put out a needle that is really more like a cannula.  It is blunt tipped and is touted to give less bruising.  Like any other procedure, there is a marriage between the patient's tissues, the instrument being used, and the practitioner using the instrument.  Best to talk to your practitioner about all the options.  Together, you can then decide what is best for your particular situation.

Jeffrey J. Roth, MD, FACS
Las Vegas Plastic Surgeon
4.6 out of 5 stars 17 reviews

New Technique for Radiesse Injections

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There is a new technique for injecting Radiesse but it's not exactly a new needle and it's not flat. It's a cannula which is a thin walled, flexible, blunt-tipped tube. It causes less trauma to the tissue when it is inserted under the skin and pushes away the veins rather than puncture them, potentially resulting in less bruising. Like everything else, it is "technique dependent". But then again, there are injection techniques using a conventional needle that will result in less bruising and safer injections as well.

Mitchell Schwartz, MD
South Burlington Dermatologic Surgeon
4.4 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Radiesse Needle

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Yes, there is a new needle for Radiesse injections that is similar to what we use for fat grafting..

Kimberly Lee, MD
Beverly Hills Facial Plastic Surgeon
5.0 out of 5 stars 13 reviews

Flat needle for Radiesse

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The new needle for Radiesse injections are cannula. The difference is that the tip of the cannula is blunt so it doesnt cut things but instead pushes them away. This leaves less bruising.

It also is great for injections intot he hands because you can inject at points far away from the insertion point with little additional trauma.

Cannulae have been used for other things but the Merz Cannulae are nice because they are small and easy to use.

Kenneth Beer, MD
Palm Beach Dermatologic Surgeon

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