Cannula Needles. Are they better to use for lip fillers?
Doctor Answers 19
Lip Enhancement With Cannula
Cannulas are excellent for facial fillers. They have several significant advantages. Injecting with a cannula often leaves the patient with very little swelling. This technique also does not cause much bruising. A disadvantage to using a cannula is that it is less precise than a needle.
Canunula Needles For Lip Fillers
Cannula or Needle
You might also like...
Lip Fillers Long Term, Use Cannulas and a Conservative approach
I love injecting lips with a cannula
Occasionally I will use a needle to restore and refine the architecture of the central lip after injecting with a cannula- because a needle is my fine paintbrush.
It is standard of care to treat with either a needle or a cannula, so either method is appropriate as long as your provider is well-trained. Safety being number one -it is reassuring to be treated with a cannula because it reduces the risk of inadvertently injecting into a vessel.
Sure the procedure may take a little longer with a cannula, but the safety factor and the minimal bruising are worth the extra minutes it takes to treat the patient.
Good luck -- enjoy your lips when you get them done.
Needles Trump Cannulas For Faster & More Precise Placement Of Injectable Fillers
I have extensive experience with the use of microcannulas, since they were regulatory agency approved and available in my satellite facility in Israel years before they were approved for use in the U.S. (In fact, an Israeli company is one of the major developers and suppliers of microcannulas to the U.S. and elsewhere.) Likewise, I have been using needles for injecting fillers for over three decades going back to the days of their use for injecting the original Zyderm I collagen filler product.
I have personally found that needles can just as easily be used in the same fashion as cannulas, i.e. introduced through one or two injection points, rather than via multiple injection sites. In contrast to cannulas, needles do not require the prior use of a larger bore needle to make an initial entry hole through which the cannula may be inserted. Needles precisely because they are sharp-tipped glide through tissue, and do not require the pushing and shoving that cannulas require in order to get through the tissue because they are blunt-tipped. This often makes the treatment time considerably shorter with needles. In general the amount of material needed for injection is typically less with needles than cannulas and placement of the injected materials in many instances can much more precise with needles--something especially important in treating the lips. Finally, since cannula use, despite all the mraketing claims to the contrary, can also result in bruising, I really cannot say that their use overall represents a truly significant advantage over needles.
When it comes to lips, using needles, I typically treat through two injection sites per lip, just as one would with cannulas. In the end, what is most important is that you seek consultation by a board certified aesthetic physician with experience and expertise in nonsurgical lip augmentation. Be sure to ask to see his/her before and after photos.