Surgeon I am going to prefers needles over blunt needles. Any suggestions?

Just like the title says, this concerns me. I have gotten fillers before but got restylane under eyes and voluma in the midface injected by blunt needles. The doctor I will be going to prefers needles but is one of the, supposedly, the best injectors around. Even wrote a book on injections. Should I be concerned and will her usage of a needle cause less precision with the deep placement of voluma midface and restylane in tear troughs? I know needles tend to be favored for superficial injections.

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Surgeon I am going to prefers needles over blunt needles. Any suggestions?

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Thanks for your question, it's great that you are being so thoughtful about your treatment. I don't think you have any cause for concern. I would view needles vs. cannulas as more of a personal preference on the part of your injector. Neither technique is definitively superior and many injectors use a combination of needles and cannulas, depending on the product, the area of the face, and the individual patient. Best of luck!

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I wouldn't worry too much over the use of a needle vs. a microcannula. The most important thing is that you see an experienced injector. Ultimately, they will use the tools they believe will help them produce your desired results.

Landon Pryor, MD, FACS
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I often use a combination of both needles and Microcannulas for injections. I believe that needles provide better precision  where  Microcannulas may be to flexible. The expertise of your injector is more important than the technique used to administer your treatment.

Best regards, Dr P

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Thank you for your question.  While we use both needles and microcannulas, some injectors prefer one over the other, usually due to how they were trained.  That being said, I truly believe that needles give you better precision when placing product, however they do have the potential to cause more side effects.  Due to this we take into account the location being injected and quality of the skin when deciding whether to use needles or cannulas in each specific area we are treating with a patient and often times use both techniques on the same patient, this affords us the opportunity to craft a truly individualized plan.  Regards, Dr. Matt Elias

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Great question.  Every injector has their own preference for each particular choice in different areas.  I, for example, prefer sharp needles for midface and lips, whereas I like the blunted cannulas for under eyes and nasolabial folds. Honestly, if you feel comfortable with the physician and like the results that they get - that is more important than whether they use needles or cannulas.  Best of luck.  

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