Posted: July 25, 2012
My patients who receive BOTOX® in Newport Beach are often interested in complementing the procedure with dermal fillers such as JUVÉDERM®. Fillers add volume to the skin and help dissipate fine lines and wrinkles for a younger, refreshed look. Most injectable fillers last from 6 to 9 months, but some are long lasting, five years plus.
When I administer dermal fillers, I use a special “micro-cannula” rather than a regular needle. Although they are no wider than needles, micro-cannulas have blunt/soft tips, which decrease the risk of puncturing small blood vessels under the skin. I have found that this delivery method for dermal fillers has many advantages over standard injection techniques, including:
Because micro-cannulas are blunt rather than sharp, they do not injure blood vessels when inserted under the skin. This results in less bruising following the procedure and reduces discomfort during treatment.
Needles push the injectable filler through the end of the needle tip, which requires that the injector use consistent pressure to ensure smooth results. Micro-cannulas have the opening on the side of the tube, rather than the tip. This allows the filler to be delivered more smoothly and evenly, allowing for greater precision.
My patients are almost always surprised by how comfortable dermal filler injections are with micro-cannulas compared to traditional needles. Not only does the rounded tip lessen pain but also the micro-cannula technique reduces the number of entry points needed during a treatment. That means fewer skin punctures and a better experience overall.
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