Fear of needles is a common phobia, plaguing everyone from children visiting the pediatrician for shots to adults squeamish when it comes to getting their blood drawn. This feeling of dread may even extend to men and women who want a minimally invasive treatment to rejuvenate the look of their face.
Patients may worry about needles for another reason, too: They’re not ideal for numerous cosmetic treatments. At Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills, dermal fillers and some other injectables are delivered via cannula, a needle-like device that has a more rounded tip instead of a sharp point.
Why isn’t a fine tip ideal for these cosmetic injectables? While nothing punctures through a surface like a point, that’s just about where needles lose their figurative edge over cannulas. That piercing tip doesn’t stop for just about anything, which can lead it to break through vein walls and other tissues, exacerbating post-treatment bruising and potentially causing other side effects.
The blunt cannula tip pushes veins aside, with the vessels shifting to either side as it moves deeper into the tissue. As Dr. Naissan Wesley has reported, cannulas surpassed needles for precision and advanced injection techniques.
Dr. Derek Jones has been a pioneer in this area of aesthetics for some time, developing techniques that reduce pain and risk while maximizing the results of facial contouring. He hears from patients that cannulas are their preferred delivery device—and they’ve also been known to say that the Dr. Jones experience is “in a different league” from injectors at other practices.
Discover the difference for yourself by calling Skin Care & Laser Physicians of Beverly Hills at 310-246-0495 or sending an online message.Written by Dr. Derek Jones
Dr. Derek Jones is a renowned Los Angeles and Beverly Hills area dermatologist practicing in cosmetic and general dermatology.