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What Is New With Facial Fillers- The Blunt Tip Cannula

Fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm are one of the most common procedures performed by aesthetic physicians. With aging, not only is the quality of the skin affected with wrinkles but also individuals start to experience volume loss. It is akin to being a grape when we are young and morphing into a raisin with time.

In order to adequately address issues of aging, it is important to restore the lost volume.

The most natural appearing filler products are the hyaluronic acid products (Restylane and Juvederm). These products can restore the areas of deficit to give proper balance to the face.

When injection Juvederm or Restylane we typically use topical anesthetic for 15 minutes to help minimize the discomfort with the injection. Although there are some instances when traditional needles are still used (such as for superficial lines or for injecting into the vermillion border of the lip) needles for injection are more associated with pain, tissue damage, bruising, vessel laceration, multiple punctures and more. Blunt-tip cannulas can achieve the same results as traditional needles, but without many of the associated negative aspects.

My favorite blunt tip cannula is the DermaSculpt cannula (CosmoFrance), approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The reason is that they are flexible, blunt-tipped and disposable allowing for facial filling with minimal bruising and minimal percutaneous needle sticks. They allow for the fanning technique to be employed from a single point of entery, therefore allowing for a natural placement of the filler product with minimal tissue trauma.

Blunt microcannulas are used at the nasolabial fold and cheek area. I have now started using them for the lips (except vermillion border) and for under the eyes (infraorbital area). To trace the lip edge (vermillion border), the traditional needle is still sometimes employed.

Schedule your filler injection with the blunt tipped microcannula at Saluja Cosmetic and Laser Center (704) 584-4071

Raminder Saluja, MD

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