A cannula is a hollow tubelike needle that is commonly used in liposuction and dermal filler injections to administer various desired substances beneath the skin; and microcannula technique is a process of administering medicine through a much smaller and less invasive needle. These medicines can range from products like Juvèderm or Radiesse, or facial fat grafts, and a microcannula is the ideal way to receive such medicines. A microcannula allows doctors and surgeons to administer medicines and cosmetic upgrades with less damage to the skin tissue of the patient, which means less discomfort, less danger of misadministration, and less recovery time needed after the procedure.
How Is A Microcannula Injection Different Than A Traditional One?
A traditional injection process of dermal fillers often involves sharp tipped hypodermic needles being repeatedly punctured through the surface of the skin to administer the desired product or material. While these pinpricks are tiny, they are still uncomfortable and tend to be numerous, especially when facial dermal fillers are being injected. A microcannula has a blunt tip instead of a sharp one commonly seen on hypodermic needles, and only a few tiny entry points need to be made with a traditional needle, into which a microcannula can be inserted and maneuvered. The microcannula is so small that once its tip is beneath the skin, it can be maneuvered around easily by a trained professional to administer the dermal fillers of the patient’s choice in many locations in a pain-free way. Instead of dozens of injection points, a single point of entry for the microcannula is made, and from that point the tube can be threaded and pushed between the tissue of the skin without causing damage.
Is A Microcannula Injection Less Painful?
Because a microcannula injection only needs a single point where the skin is pierced to do its work, and because the tube is so very small that it does not damage the subsurface skin tissue as it moves around, it is widely considered to be the least painful option when receiving dermal fillers. Because there are less areas where the skin is pierced, there is also less swelling and bruising and less redness and discomfort as well. Microcannula have blunt tips and cannot accidentally insert their payload into a blood vessel by mistake, an uncommon but still very real problem traditional hypodermic needles sometimes have.
Benefits of Microcannula Over Traditional Needles
Typically, when dermal fillers are injected beneath the skin, this process has been done with hypodermic needles and a series of small, quick injections spread out over the desired area. The benefit of a microcannular technique is that it involves less damage to the skin and is considered less painful, while still being just as practical for the administration of lip fillers, wrinkle erasing fillers, and more.
Injectable 'dermal' fillers are injected into the soft tissue under the skin to 'fill in' facial wrinkle and fine lines, add volume, and contour features of the face and body. Dermal fillers tighten and restore a smooth, youthful appearance to the skin. Most fillers are temporary as they are absorbed naturally by the body over time.
Hyaluronic Acid Fillers (or HA fillers) are made from a naturally occurring substance in the body synthetically made for cosmetic use. HA fillers create volume in the skin to reduce wrinkles, enhance shape and definition and restore a youthful appearance. HA dermal fillers are safe and hundreds of millions of injections using hyaluronic acid fillers have been performed worldwide since they were first introduced for cosmetic use. There have been hundreds of scientific publications and randomized controlled trials showing low risk of adverse side effects.
BOTOX® is the most popular injectable in the world, effective in the use of smoothing dynamic wrinkles and fine lines caused by repetitive muscle movement. Botox temporarily relaxes the facial muscles where it is applied blocking signals from the nerves to the muscles. Botox is not only used to enhance appearance, but also has other uses such as being applied to the palms and armpits to reduce excessive sweating.
BOTOX® has been proven effective with more than 16 years of cosmetic use, and 30 years meeting FDA quality and safety standards, since it was first introduced for therapeutic use in 1989. Over 100 million vials of BOTOX® have been distributed globally.
Juvederm® is hyaluronic acid filler that has a variety of uses in wrinkle reduction and facial beauty enhancement treatments such as lip injections. Juvederm is a smooth consistency gel whereas some other hyaluronic gel products have a granular consistency. Juvederm products typically last up to one year when applied, which is longer than other HA products. The Juvederm® dermal filler treatment is very quick (15-30 minutes) and shows immediate results. Downtime is minimal.
Restylane® is a powerful dermal filler that delivers immediate, long-lasting results. Restylane® is a hyaluronic acid-based filler that is effective in smoothing wrinkles, filling in hollow areas and enhancing facial features. FDA-approved and used by physicians nationwide, Restylane® is a safe and effective product.
Kybella® is an injectable commonly used in contouring treatment to shape your lower face, especially in reducing the appearance of excess fat or 'double-chin'. The first injectable treatment of its kind, Kybella® is formulated from deoxycholic acid, which is found naturally in the body and helps in the breakdown and absorption of dietary fat. When injected into the fatty tissues underneath the chin with a fine needle, Kybella® to stimulate the dissolving and absorption of neck fat.
A liquid facelift (or nonsurgical face lift) is a minimally invasive procedure using dermal filler injectables to restore volume, refine shape and reduce wrinkles on the face and neck. We can help you restore a youthful glow to your whole face or target specific areas per your concern. Liquid facelifts are customized to meet your needs using Juvéderm® and other hyaluronic acid fillers.
Botox treatments can last 4 to 6 months, but most people’s injections will last 3 to 4 months. In very rare cases, the injection lasts only two months. First-time treatments tend to last the longest.
Botox is a fast, easy procedure that only takes a few minutes in the doctor’s chair. In fact, the treatment is so efficient that you won’t even need to have any anesthesia. Instead, you simply sit in the doctor’s chair, they’ll inject the Botox, and you’ll be on your way shortly after. For most people, the entire process will take 20 minutes or less.
Botox will begin working, for some people, as early as 3 to 4 days after the injection. However, most people can expect to see the full impact of the treatment in 14 days. If you’ve just had your injections, it’s best to wait the full 14 days before judging the results.
The manufacturer recommends a benchmark of 4 units of Botox for each injection. However, depending on the individual, their desired results and the treatment area, up to 100 total units can be used safely.
Wrinkles are often the result of your muscles contracting. Botox injections will help block the nerve signals going to the muscle that tenses up when you smile, laugh or make other facial expressions. The blocking of the nerve’s signal will allow the muscle to relax and wrinkles to soften. This can be done as a preventative measure or to improve the appearance of existing wrinkles.
Migraines can be debilitating, and Botox can help by blocking the neurotransmitters from the brain that are responsible for sending pain signals. Since the nerve signals are blocked, the chemicals never reach your nerve endings that are responsible for neck and head pain.
In just two rounds of treatment, over 50% of people that suffer from chronic migraines state that they experienced a significant reduction in migraine frequency and pain after Botox treatment.
Botox blocks the body’s nerve signals that cause sweating. As a result, your sweat glands will not produce excess sweat. Botox for sweating treatment is often performed under the arms.
Botox works to limit the movement of your masseter muscle, allowing for significant pressure relief. Often, the maximum results of injections into the masseter muscle aren’t fully realized for up to three months.
Treatments should be as often as your doctor recommends. However, most people will need to get injections every three to four months to maintain their results. Over time, fewer treatments may be necessary.
For most patients, the pain is very minimal with hardly any discomfort. You may feel a very minor sting at the injection site. But this sting is minimized with the use of topical creams and numbing agents.
Botox is most often used on the face to help treat:
- Crow's feet
- Neck bands
- Sagging eyebrows
- Smoker's lines
- Bunny lines
- Frown lines
However, Botox can be injected into other areas of the body, too. For example, some people have injections in their back or armpits. Armpit injections are primarily to reduce sweating.
Depending on the reason for your treatment, you may need more or fewer treatments. For wrinkles and fine lines, you can expect to have three to four treatments per year to maintain your appearance.
Fewer treatments are needed for non-cosmetic needs such as masseter and hyperhydrosis.
Botox has very minimal side effects, but some people will experience some or a combination of the following:
- Dry eyes
Adverse effects are very minimal and temporary, often only seen near the injection site shortly after treatment.
Dermal fillers treatment with Juvederm, Kybella or Restylane take less than one hour. Some treatments can be completed in as little as fifteen minutes.
You can expect to immediate results, however full results will take up to two weeks to be fully realized.
Botox works great for treating frown and forehead lines. The procedure is similar to other injectables. Small amounts of the filler will be injected into strategic places to smooth and fill out the area. This will reduce the appearance of present wrinkles and inhibit new formation in the future.
Dermal fillers, such as Juvederm, are injected into the area above your cheekbones. Cheek fillers treatment will raise the volume in this area and near the cheekbones to give the appearance of much fuller cheeks.
Kybella fat dissolving filler can change the size and shape of your chin to create a more defined profile. Kybella filler is applies to the treatment area and for up to a month after treatment, the excess fat around the area is slowly dissolved to enhance the appearance of your jawline and lower face.
Juvederm fillers are an excellent alternative to rhinoplasty. A 'non-surgical nose job' can add volume and sculpt the nose to create your desired look. This treatment is especially effective for reducing prominent bumps in the nose. Results last up to 18 months.
Injectable fillers like Juvederm can also be used to give your hands a more youthful appearance. The dermal fillers are applied under the skin for total hand rejuvenation.
Under eye fillers like Juvederm add volume and shape to the under-eye. You can reduce the appearance of deep hollows, sunken eyes and dark circles with as little as one treatment.
The longevity of your results depends on the type of Juvederm injection you receive and where it’s injected. Lip injections, for example, may not last as long as cheek injections because you move your mouth more often than you move your cheeks. Juvederm fillers last from one year up to 18 months on average.
There are five types of Juvederm injectable fillers. Each has its own purpose and benefits.
- Vollure: Ideal for plumping the skin and treating wrinkles and folds. Results can last up to 18 months.
- Volbella: Designed for the lips and areas surrounding the lips. The gel-like filler plumps lips and smooths wrinkles. The results can last up to a year.
- Ultra: Used for lip enhancement. Ultra creates fuller, natural-looking lips, and the results last up to a year.
- Ultra Plus: Creates an even plumper, fuller lip.
- Voluma: Helps address sagging skin and sunken cheeks. The injectable gel lifts and sculpts to help create a more youthful appearance. Voluma can last up to two years.
The number of syringes you need will depend on the treatment and your desired results. Typical amounts are as follows:
- Lip augmentation: One syringe for sculpting and enhancing, and two syringes for a more dramatic look.
- Nasolabial folds: Two syringes in most cases. For mild cases, one syringe may be sufficient.
- Undereye circles: One syringe for each eye.
- Cheeks: One syringe per cheek.
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