As the demand for non-invasive cosmetic procedures continues to increase, many doctors and med spas are turning to microcannulas as their preferred method of product delivery.
Improved maneuverability, less recovery downtime, and fewer side effects are just a few of the many reasons why microcannulas are growing in popularity.
A consensus review conducted by H. Sundaram, S. Weinkle, J. Pozner, et al. found that:
“The panel finds blunt-tipped microcannulas to be a significant advance in nonsurgical rejuvenation and a valuable addition to the options available for injection of soft tissue fillers.”
However, not all microcannulas are created equal, as there can be significant differences between different types of microcannulas.
If you’re considering switching over from a standard needle, how exactly do you choose the right aesthetic cannula for your practice?
Read on to learn more about five tips for selecting the right microcannula, what they’re suitable for, and how they can add value to your practice.
A micro-cannula is a very thin, flexible, hollow tube with a blunt rounded tip. It’s an improved version of the traditional hypodermic needle used to administer injection treatments.
The sharp tip of a needle can cause subcision of the sub-dermis and injure the vessels as it pierces through the tissues.
Microcannulas don’t have this problem as their blunt tip and flexibility allow for a more gentle path between the skin’s anatomic structures while reducing the associated risk of using the needle.
Microcannulas provide doctors and med spas with several advantages, such as:
Certain cannula options, such as TSK’s STERiGLIDE, have a larger ultra-wide internal diameter that significantly reduces the extrusion force required to push the viscous filler through the tube. This is beneficial to both the patient and the injector because less pressure is needed to do the job.
There are a few tips to keep in mind when choosing the best microcannula for your practice:
Aestheticians use differing techniques for various procedures, but some general size recommendations are:
For low concentration and viscosity hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers and superficial injections:
For fillers of medium concentration and viscosity HA fillers:
For medium to thick HA and non HA fillers, median to deep injections:
For viscous and highly concentrated fillers, injections deep into the skin to create volume:
For facial fat graft (not recommended for fillers):
You can read more about sizing here.
Dr. Gideon Kwok, DO, from The Aesthetic Immersion has more than 15 years of experience in medical aesthetics and is co-owner and Medical Director to 8 Skin Perfect Medical Clinics in Southern California. He is a national trainer for GAIN (Galderma), Cutera, Bioform (Radiesse), Merz, and MINT threads.
Dr. Kwok highly recommends TSK STERiGLIDE™ Cannulas because they are the gold standard for aesthetic procedures. Recently, Air-Tite’s Erin Ashe and Nathan Swihart sat down with Dr. Kwok to discuss the benefits of this microcannula. You can see the interview below.
Ease of ordering is an additional important factor in choosing the right microcannula. For example, Air-Tite Products has a team of experts to provide assistance and take orders directly over the phone (with no automated messages or wait queues), while also offering the option for online ordering. We also stock a wide selection throughout our product portfolio which means we’re able to meet your needs despite any supply chain disruptions.
Air-Tite sells their cannulas in packs of 20 per box (plus 20 pilot/starter needles)—whereas other manufacturers only offer boxes of 4’s and 10’s. Bulk purchasing allows you to save more money in the long run.
Microcannulas offer a wide range of benefits over a standard needle. Less recovery downtime, improved maneuverability, and fewer unwanted side effects will result in happier patients and increased revenue.