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Needle vs Cannula

Blunt cannulas are a much safer way to inject dermal fillers. Blood vessels bounce off the tip of a cannula and are not injured as easily as with needles. Embolization from unintentional injection can cause vision impairment, blindness, stroke and damage to underlying facial structures. The risk of a vascular catastrophe is almost eliminated with a blunt cannula because it cannot enter a vessel. For treatments in more sensitive areas, such as the tear trough, using blunt tipped micro-cannulas is the only sensible option.
Flexibility & Control
Sharp tipped needles are rigid. Cannulas are flexible and move freely and easily. To deliver precise aesthetic enhancements, too much flexibility is overcome with the InjectMate® solution. It allows practitioners to control their movements in a more predictable, yet flexible fashion.
Number of Entry Points
Sharp needles require multiple entry points to deposit the product in a bolus or linear fashion. Cannulas require fewer entry points to deposit filler in a fan-like or matrix pattern.
Patient Comfort & Downtime

In a competitive marketplace, patients are demanding more comfortable, less traumatic treatments and reduced social downtime, which can last up to 2 weeks if bruising occurs. A cannula technique makes the treatment quicker and less painful, without needle re-entry. There is less swelling and bruising due to the reduction in tissue subcision.

A clinical study compared the swelling, pain and bruising experienced with a sharp tipped needle and a blunt tipped micro-cannula for the injection of dermal filler. The study concluded that blunt tipped cannulas showed more rapid patient recovery than sharp tipped needles. Pain scales scored at the point of injection were slightly less with the cannula, and swelling was significantly reduced compared to the use of a sharp needle.