Cannula vs Needle – What is the difference

A question that is asked often by our patients is “Do you use cannulas or needles for your treatments?”. The answer is we use both! Our Cosmetic Doctors have both of these techniques at the ready for your treatment however each patient is different and one technique may suit the area being treated better than the other. This can be examined and discussed at a complimentary consultation with one of our Doctors. Here is some extra information on the difference between the two methods. 

Needle: Using a Hypodermic needle has been the traditional method for injectables for many years. When using this method, there are risks of piercing the blood vessels underneath the skin. This needle has a sharp end and is often the cause of swelling and bruising that typically appears after your treatment. This needle tends to be more sturdy and short and will use a technique of piercing the skin multiple times for the filler to be evenly distributed across the treatment area. These needles are great for treatments requiring great precision such as the smoker’s lines around the lips. 

Cannula: The microcannula is the new method that is increasing in popularity across the cosmetic world. This cannula has a blunt tip which is great for those fearful of needles as it is slightly less painful when being injected. At first, a small needle is used to create an incision for the cannula to be inserted into. Once the cannula is inserted, the product can be deposited into the area. The cannula is longer and much more flexible than the needle. This means that the product being inserted can be distributed continuously and is great for larger areas such as the cheeks and jawline. This method also only requires a few injection points and can reach areas a lot further. This can result in less bruising and swelling, however, this varies from patient to patient. 

Overall, each technique has its own benefits and are ready for use for all patients at M1 Med Beauty. Visit one of our clinics today to discuss these methods and our treatments in detail.