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  • Writer's pictureSasha Djumic

What's a Cannula? (pronounced can-you-lah...not can-oo-lah)

Updated: Sep 28, 2020


๐Ÿ”ŽZoom in. Look closely ๐Ÿ‘€ On the left is a "cannula" and on the right is a typical needle ๐Ÿ’‰

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A cannula is essentially a blunt rounded (not sharp) thin metal straw. When using a cannula, we first make a small opening in the skin that you barely feel with a needle and, through that opening, we can maneuver the cannula under the skin wherever we want to lay filler.

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Agreed, it sounds terrifying. But, it's actually a surprisingly tolerable procedure that drastically minimizes trauma, swelling and bruising. It is a much safer way to treat high risk or sensitive areas, such as under eyes. I use it as often as possible in my practice because it reduces the amount of "pokes" you get with a needle. Less needles means less sharp penetration. Less needles means less chance of piercing through veins and arteries. This also means less chance of an occlusion! These are all positive things.

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Personally, I believe that there is a time and place for both depending on the area we are treating and the look we are trying to achieve. This is another thing I'll discuss with you during our consults. Always best to know your options!

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Questions? Ask away!

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