The introduction of microcannulas has significantly improved the technique used to inject facial fillers. A microcannula is a small, flexible, blunt-tip needle that can be used to inject a variety of fillers including Restylane®, Perlane®, Beletero® Balance, JUVÉDERM®, and Sculptra Aesthetic®. Cosmetic filler injections have become a very popular treatment for patients in Pittsburgh and around the country. The single most significant concern for patients who have filler injections is the social downtime as a result of possible bruising from the injections. The use of microcannulas very significantly reduces the chance of bruising with these treatments. Microcannulas have largely replaced the use of sharp needles in Europe and are rapidly gaining popularity in the United States.
Benefits of the Microcannula
- Less bruising and swelling
- Less downtime and discomfort
- Often improved cosmetic outcome
What can you expect the day of treatment?
On the day of treatment, I use a traditional needle to create an entry point for the microcannula. Once this has been created, I carefully inject filler using the microcannula and target specific areas of the face in need of volume. Since the microcannula has a rounded tip needle, it is extremely unlikely to penetrate a vessel and is therefore less likely to cause trauma or bruising. Furthermore, the microcannula can be used more effectively than a needle to separate tiny layers of tissue, very useful when injecting filler around scars. The microcannula injection technique can be especially beneficial in sensitive areas of the face, such as the lips (which are prone to swelling) and under the eyes in the tear trough area.
Experience is Important
While there are many advantages associated with the use of microcannulas, rather than sharp needles, there is a learning-curve before the surgeon becomes expert at their use. I have done hundreds of filler injections using the microcannula technique and my patients have been very pleased with the results. I have given lectures at national meetings instructing facial plastic surgeons about the use of this approach. It is important to find someone who has been properly trained on the use of microcannuals, backed by experience and excellent credentials. I am a board certified facial plastic surgeon, specializing only in procedures of the face and neck.