Injection of Dermal Fillers is a very safe procedure when performed in the right hands. However, as with any injection related procedure, there are still some risks associated with the treatment. The most common risks associated with injection of Dermal Fillers are bruising, bleeding and swelling. The amount of bruising, bleeding and swelling can depend on the size of the needle used and the skill of the injector. Experienced injectors will take certain steps to reduce the risk of significant swelling, bleeding and bruising. In appropriate clients, Dr. Zadeh will use a special blunt-tipped microcannula instead of a regular sharp needle to perform volumization with soft tissue fillers. By using a microcannula Dr. Zadeh is able to complete the entire procedure through a single entry point, avoiding the need for multiple needle injections. This advanced injection technique results in less pain and discomfort while providing excellent reduction in wrinkles, lines and folds. The various lengths of these microcannulas also make it possible to deliver fillers to large areas such as the horizontal neck lines or forehead lines and the hands.
Benefits of Microcannulas Compared to Needles
Dermal fillers are usually delivered into the soft tissues using conventional needles. Because they are sharp, when these needles move through the tissues they cut and tear through tissues and blood vessels. This can cause excessive bleeding and bruising.
Microcannulas, on the other hand, are blunt and made of plastic. This makes them more flexible and less traumatic than standard needles. Unlike needles, they can navigate through tissue easily without cutting or tearing blood vessels. This significantly decreases the risks of bleeding and bruising. By moving blood vessels out of the way instead of cutting through them the risk of injecting a filler directly into a blood vessel is virtually zero. From a single entry point microcannulas can deliver fillers precisely over an area which would require multiple needle punctures. Fewer injections means less pain, more comfort, and less risk of complications.
Which Fillers Can Be Used With Microcannulas?
In experienced hands any filler product can be used with the microcannula technique to restore volume and provide facial rejuvenation quickly and comfortably without downtime.
Hyaluronic acid fillers like Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero can be used with microcannulas to soften lines and restore volume in hard to reach places such as underneath the eyes (tear troughs) and vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines). Thicker products such as Voluma, Juvederm Ultra Plus, Perlane and Radiesse can be used to deliver soft tissue fillers to areas requiring more correction such as the cheeks, jowls, temples and hands. Microcannulas also work exceptionally well to safely plump volume depleted lips which have a rich blood supply and are prone to bruising and swelling. Fillers can be used with microcannulas to provide a full facial volume enhancement using minimal injections and entry points! Of course, in areas that require precise placement of small amounts of fillers use of a conventional needle technique may be required.
What Areas Can Be Treated With Dermal Fillers Using Microcannulas?
Almost any area of the face and body can be treated with Microcannulas to deliver dermal fillers with minimal risk of bleeding, bruising, and swelling. Some areas of treatment in which microcannulas are especially beneficial include:
- Underneath the eyes (tear troughs)
- Vertical lip lines (smoker’s lines)
- Nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- Forehead lines
- Horizontal neck lines
- Chest Wrinkles (decolletage)
Feel free to contact us if you’d like to learn more about the microcannula technique of filler injections and to see if it is the best option for you.