Have you considered enhancing your lips with dermal fillers?
If this is the case, it’s critical to understand that lip fillers and injections with sharp-tipped needles may result in greater bruising and swelling than injections using a blunt-tipped cannula. During the consultation, Dr. Alhallak (a pharmacist with a Ph.D.) discusses why he uses the cannula procedure at Albany Cosmetic and Laser Centre in Edmonton. “Historically, needles were used to inject dermal filler into the lips. The goal of the cannula approach is to minimise damage to the lip, which results in reduced swelling and the possibility of bruising. This implies that lip enhancements may genuinely be a ‘walk-in, walk-out procedure, allowing patients to return to work without appearing as though their lips have been traumatized.”
Dermal fillers are made of a naturally occurring material called hyaluronic acid that restores volume and absorbs water in parts of the lip that have lost volume. We utilize various dermal filler products but cannot identify them due to Therapeutic Goods Administration regulations.
What is the difference between a cannula and a needle?
Ten to fifteen years ago, injecting dermal filler with sharp-tipped needles was fashionable. The needles’ inability to discern what they are traveling through will penetrate any subcutaneous tissue or skin. When many injection locations are used, this might increase the frequency of bruising and swelling, necessitating time off work for certain persons. The cannula’s blunt tip glides easily through subcutaneous layers, “which means that any fibrous attachments that seem difficult to get through may be avoided. A new channel may then be identified for injecting lengthy threads of dermal filler.” View our before and after cannula lip filler photographs here.
The advantages of lip augmentation with a cannula
There are several advantages to employing a blunt-tipped cannula for lip augmentation, including the following:
- Reduced danger of bleeding and bruising: While sharp needles may puncture under the skin’s veins and arteries, a blunt cannula can push them aside.
- Less pain: Multiple injections with sharp needles around the lips may be unpleasant and painful. While inserting a blunt cannula under the skin may feel like ‘pushing,’ it is seldom difficult or painful.
- Minimal downtime: If the bruising and swelling result from sharp needles, it might not be very comfortable to be seen in public. The tipped blunt cannula approach minimizes swelling and bruising and requires little downtime.
- Accuracy: When a Cosmetic Doctor or Cosmetic Nurse injects dermal filler using a blunt-tipped cannula, they may accomplish the desired effects more precisely.
- A more secure technique: A cannula with a blunt tip cannot penetrate an artery. As a result, it is a much safer alternative for lip augmentation procedures.
Result of lip enhancement – blunt cannula method
Dr. Alhallak highlights during her consultation that it is critical to undergo dermal filler treatment in both the top and lower lips to achieve lip symmetry. A perfect lip shape is one in which the lower lip is two-thirds the size of the upper lip. Lips comparable in size on the top and bottom lips might seem unnatural.
Dr. Alhallak put dermal filler in the upper lip and the lower lip. This is frequently referred to as ‘the dumbbell effect,’ The lips’ centers have less volume than the rest. “A natural bottom lip will always have a little dimple in the center,” Dr. Alhallak said. This is a ‘telltale sign’ of having too much lip filler”.
Will I experience discomfort if I get my lips augmented with dermal filler?
Before injecting dermal filler into the lips, ice was placed on the corners of her mouth. Because pain and temperature sensations pass along the same nerve channel, numbing the region with ice before injecting local anesthesia assured she had no discomfort. After numbing the corners of her mouth, a fine needle was used to create tiny holes on each side of her mouth to implant the cannula. When questioned about any discomfort she had during the cannula procedure, most patients say, “it doesn’t hurt.” I felt the cannula go into my lip region but had no discomfort.”
Among the other strategies we use to alleviate pain are the following:
- Local anesthetic cream: Before your lip injections, we may numb your skin with a local anesthetic lotion.
- Nitrous oxide (laughing gas) is often used as an inhaled anesthetic during dental treatments and labor. The anesthetic impact of the inhaled anesthetic gases we utilize during your lip operation will wear off fast, leaving you with no residual effects after the procedure.
- The finest skincare products to utilize after your lip augmentation
- It’s critical to apply skincare that nourishes, protects, and moisturizes your lips after lip augmentation with dermal fillers.
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