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During consultations, we often experience clients who are just starting that reference dozens of different technologies that have no relation or compatibility with one another. They ask about one device because they heard about it from a friend, another system they saw at a tradeshow, and different technology they viewed at a local competitor's office. This type of due-diligence will lead you down a path of confusion and uncertainty. Selecting the right repertoire of treatments and technologies is much more straightforward than that. 

There is a consistent formula most new Med Spa's follow when just starting their businesses. It's composed of many of the highest-volume aesthetic procedure offerings in global aesthetics over the past decade. There will naturally be variability in what you decide to provide and what your competitor is offering; however, establishing some of the most fundamental treatments in aesthetics as a core to your business helps create a firm foundation for your immediate success. 

Let's take a look at 5 of the essential treatments and technologies for your new MedSpa startup:

1) Botox

This is an obvious choice and the first start for many when launching their new Med Spa. Offering fillers and injectables are a great initial revenue source with minimal investment. This type of treatment doesn't require surgery, it's easy to perform, and patients typically see results. It's Not Just for Wrinkles

Botulinum toxin is a neurotoxin that relaxes muscles for up to several months. Botox is well-known for minimizing the appearance of wrinkles around the eyes, face, and neck. However, doctors also use Botox to treat a variety of medical conditions. 

Migraines are severe headaches accompanied by nausea and sensitivity to light and noise. Chronic migraines last four or more hours and occur at least every other day. Botox injections into muscles in the head and neck every 12 weeks can prevent migraines from occurring frequently and lessen their effects.

Overactive bladder contracts unexpectedly and frequently. This can cause loss of bladder control (urinary incontinence), frequent urination, and the urgent and sudden need to urinate. Urologists can inject Botox into the bladder using a cystoscope, a unique instrument inserted through the urethra. Botox injections can help the bladder contract more regularly and normalize urination.

Hyperhidrosis is another name for excessive underarm sweating. When nerves in the underarm trigger the sweat glands to produce sweat, even in the absence of standard stimuli like fear and embarrassment. Some dermatologists and neurologists practice Botox injections into the muscles responsible for pumping sweat to the surface of the skin. This lessens the amount of sweat produced in your underarms.

Crooked Eyes (Strabismus), unbalanced muscles around the eye contract pull one eye in an abnormal direction. This produces crossed or misaligned eyes. Strabismus can lead to an inability to focus, blurred vision, double vision, lack of depth perception, and eye soreness. 

Eyelid muscle spasms—or blepharospasm—cause uncontrollable and frequent blinking, eye twitches, watery eyes, pain or irritation of the eye and eyelids, and closing of the eyelids. 

Cervical dystonia (also called spasmodic torticollis) is a nerve disorder that causes muscles in the neck and shoulder to pull involuntarily. This leads to uncontrollable head tilting and turning muscle tremors and pain. Botox injections can relax the neck and shoulder muscles and relieve the symptoms of cervical dystonia. 

Upper Limb Spasticity

Upper limb spasticity is a condition in which the arm muscles involuntarily contract. People with upper limb spasticity may experience regularly clenched fists, stiff elbows, wrists, and fingers, inability to control arm movements, and pain. Different nervous system conditions can cause upper limb spasticity, including multiple sclerosis, cerebral palsy, stroke, and injury to the spinal cord or brain. Botox injections into affected arm muscles can reduce the effects of upper limb spasticity.

At FaceMed, we specialize in creating precise products for your Spa, so you don't have to look around for all your products. When it comes to Botox injections, choose from out ultra fine syringes.

2) Hyaluronic Acid Fillers

Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep the skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. The results are temporary, lasting 6 to 12 months or longer before the body gradually and naturally absorbs the particles. Most HA fillers are infused with lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during and after treatment.

The global hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers market size was valued at USD 3.4 billion in 2018 and is projected to exhibit a CAGR of 7.4% over the forecast period. Increasing demand for youthful and flawless skin via non-invasive and outpatient aesthetic dermatology techniques is expected to drive the market. Furthermore, a rise in medical tourism for aesthetic procedures is anticipated to aid the market. 

FaceMed can provide your Spa with the appropriate microcannulas of various sizes so that you can perform your procedures without being hindered. 

3) Hair Removal

Consistently one of the most popular, in-demand procedures in aesthetics for the last decade is hair removal treatments. This is where technology plays a significant factor in the efficacy of your laser hair removal services. Understanding what skin type your client is, what color their hair is, etc. are critical factors in deciding what technology is right for you. There are several FDA approved technologies that all have varying levels of treatment effectiveness.  

Skin Analysis Consultation Tool

This is one of the most underestimated investments you can make. The consultation is key to your upsell success. Having an advanced imaging tool that determines underlying skin conditions and helps better connect your patients' problems with your customizable solutions is simply a win-win in an aesthetic setting. You can monitor your patient's treatment progression, all while maximizing your revenue. 

Understanding the Fitzpatrick skin-typing scale related to the wavelengths available to target hair removal is very important. For example, a 1064nm wavelength is typically used to target darker skin types, whereas a 755nm Alexandrite is mostly used for skin types 1-4. There are machines out there that offer dual-wavelength capabilities 1064nm/755nm to target the range. Still, these are typical solid-state lasers, and quality ones are expensive to purchase and even more expensive to maintain throughout its life. 

Our LAMBDA Fx laser is convenient and safe for all skin types with a pain-free mode. At less than 25% of most lasers' cost, it's an affordable option to start up your luxury Spa. 

There are single wavelengths out there that can effectively target the range of skin types using different pulse durations, specifically, 808nm or 810nm diode technology. These technologies are typically lowering initial investment cost and lower recurring maintenance costs. Through industry innovation, they can be a part of a multi-modality platform that offers other treatment capabilities.

4) Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP)

PRP procedures are increasingly becoming one of the highest volume treatments in aesthetics due to its effectiveness and versatility. Being that, it's one of the first considerations for a new Med Spa to offer in their launch. Like fillers and injectables, the initial investment is relatively low for a centrifuge and complementary treatment kits. PRP can also be an excellent complementary procedure to many other aesthetic treatments, such as micro-needling. 

PRP procedures are a great procedure to add given the low barrier to entry however another alternative is PEP Factor for skin and scalp rejuvenation.  This propriety blend of oligopeptides and nutrients is a safe and effective alternative to PRP and aids in both visibly brighter skin and healthier scalp and visibly thicker hair.  In addition, there is no need for expensive PRP kits, or handling and processing blood products.  This saves the patient from unnecessary needle sticks and saves you time and money by making more efficient use of your space and time. 

Microneedling has swiftly emerged as one of the hottest treatments and technologies in Aesthetics. Utilizing tiny needles to penetrate the skin to generate new collagen for smoother skin and overall rejuvenation has allowed for an alternative solution to this treatment with a less intense delivery than competing technologies. 

There are essentially two solutions when it comes to Microneedling; standard Microneedling using a Microneedling Pen and Radio Frequency (RF) Microneedling, which maximizes the treatment outcome by combining RF delivery with microneedles to target the collagen for a more productive product effectively. The investment between the two is quite the jump; however, as Microneedling Pen's are a relatively lower initial investment cost while RF Microneedling machines are a more considerable initial investment.

5) Photorejuvenation

Undoubtedly one of the most in-demand procedures in Aesthetics. Correcting sun damage using an IPL (intense pulsed light) technology has skyrocketed in aesthetics. The specific technology you select is critical when it comes to producing quality results for your patients. IPL devices are one of the most saturated technologies available for sale by a multitude of different manufactures. Not all IPL's are made equal. Two of the primary factors in an IPL's effectiveness are Joules and Pulse Duration. The great thing about this technology is that you can typically find it as apart of a multi-modality platform.

The ablative LAMBDA Fx CO2 lasers provide excellent skin rejuvenation and resurfacing through the vaporization of tissue with subsequent heating. This laser has multiple modes with a peak power of 60 Watts on Scanning Mode. It comes with various handpieces, including scanning handpieces, cutting handpieces, and gynecology handpieces.   

How's the Photorejuvenation Market?

The photorejuvenation market is expected to register a CAGR of 6.5% over the forecast period. The key contributors to the market growth are the rising burden of skin diseases and people's increasing preferences towards non-invasive procedures. According to the Institute of Health Metrics and Evaluation, 2017, skin diseases contributed to around 1.76% of the total global burden diseases measured in DALYs. 

Skin disorders largely depend on age. As age increases, the risk of acquiring skin disorder also increases. Some of the reasons include changes in the connective tissue, reduction in the skin's strength and elasticity, and reduced secretions from sebaceous glands. Hence, these factors are expected to fuel the demand for photorejuvenation market growth.

States of The Aesthetic Industry

Half of the cosmetic procedures are performed in the united states, and the projected global growth is 12.2%. People are also looking for skilled people in achieving the functions, opening up space for highly trained physicians to grow. In 2016, 17 million non-invasive procedures were performed, of which 90% were women. 

Global "Aesthetics Market" Research Report 2020-2026 is a historical overview and in-depth study of the Aesthetics industry's current and future market. The report represents a basic overview of the Aesthetics market share, competitor segment with a basic introduction of critical vendors, top regions, product types, and end industries. 

This report gives a historical overview of the Aesthetics market trends, growth, revenue, capacity, cost structure, and critical driver's analysis. The report further investigates and assesses the current landscape of the ever-evolving business sector and the present and future effects of COVID-19 on the Aesthetics market. 

The global Aesthetics market size is projected to reach USD 7162.1 million by 2026, from USD 6745.3 million in 2020, at a CAGR of 5.7%% during 2021-2026.

This shows that investing in creating a Spa can be affordable and worth the investment due to the vast growth that has already happened and is projected to occur. We at FaceMed are happy to support you in any product needs so that your Spa succeeds in this market. 

Many spas, cosmetic offices, and doctors offer dermal filler injection services to their patients. Each and everyone has their unique way of performing these procedures. Many of these offices, however, rely primarily on sharp tip dermal fillers. Many more are beginning to realize the many advantages of blunt tip Microcannula treatment. Even though the Microcannula technique is safer, effective, and less painful, doctors still use sharp-tipped needles. 

In this article, we dive into the advantages and disadvantages of both Sharp Tipped needles and Microcannula technique. We want to give you a clear understanding of why so many practitioners are switching over and why patients love them for it. Sharp tipped needles aren't all that bad, however, with a few advantages still. 

What Is The Microcannula Technique?

The Microcannula technique has reconstructed the cosmetic industry and offered doctors with a novel, innovative way of providing facial fillers injections. The approach allows physicians to slip the blunt tip cannula under the patient's skin sleekly and without tearing the epidermis. Patients looking to enhance their appearance can now do so without having to endure a painful procedure that has nasty side effects connected with sharp-tipped needles.

Essentially, microcannula is a modernized variant of the traditional hypodermic needles used to administer injection treatments. Rather than having a sharpened tip, this technique utilizes a dull end that makes an injection procedure much more pleasant. It has a bendable shaft, allowing it to move quickly compared to a traditional needle's stiffness that restricts it.

What's The Procedure?

Microcannula (Blunt Tipped Needle)

At the source of the filler injection using Microcannula, your Doctor creates a minute entry point in your skin using a precise, sharp needle. This is a vital step since the Microcannula has a blunt tip and is incapable of penetrating the skin by itself. The insertion location is minimal and does not cause substantial pain or bleeding. 

Then the Doctor skillfully inserts the Microcannula into the small opening and glides it under your skin to reach the sections of filler injection. The Microcannula then slides within the spaces connecting the tissue. It can be moved under the skin without any injuries to tissue. Patients typically do not feel much pain, if any, as the Doctor guides it under their skin.

Sharp Tipped Needle (Hypodermic Needle)

Sharp tip needles use a skinny, short, sharp needle to inject dermal fillers. Multiple injection points are required when using needles, which can increase the risk of hitting a vein. If a vein is hit with a needle, there's a higher chance of bruising after the procedure.

Is There Pain?

Microcannula

Using the Visual Analog Scale for pain assessment during the injections was quite different. The pain was described as 3 (mild) for injections with the microcannula. Patient discomfort is reduced to the level where topical anesthesia alone consistently suffices even for injection of the lips, and local nerve blocks are not necessary. 

Sharp Tipped

That pain level increased to 6 (moderate) for injections with the hypodermic needle. Bruising and ecchymosis were more marked following the use of the hypodermic needle.

What's The Recovery Time?

Microcannula and Hypodermic needles scored pretty close to each other. Overall, the Global Aesthetic Improvements Scale (GAIS) results were excellent (55%), moderate (35%), and somewhat improved (10%) one month after the procedure, decreasing to 23%, 44%, and 33%, respectively, at the six-month evaluation. There were no significant differences in the GAIS score between the microcannula and the hypodermic needle. However, pain during the recovery can be higher after the use of sharp-tipped needles.

Advantages of Microcannula and Sharp

Advantages of Microcannulas

Utilizing Microcannula for filler injection offers numerous advantages over hypodermic needles, such as:

  1. Accuracy: When using a blunt-tipped cannula, a Doctor can inject filler more accurately to achieve the desired results.
  2. Increased Visible Recovery: Sharp needles tend to cause tearing, which causes bruising and is hard to avoid. The blunt-tipped cannula technique reduces the chance of swelling and bruising, requiring minimum downtime.
  3. More dependable technique: -While a blunt tipped microcannula can enter an artery, it is important to be aware of regional anatomy. Both needles and microcannulas have a risk of vascular compromise, however it the the opinion of this author that it’s less with microcannulas. 
  4. Tremendous Flexibility: Due to its flexibility, the microcannula can perform filler injections in multiple locations from a single point of entry. Many areas regularly treated with fillers are cheeks, marionette lines, lips, temples, hands, nose, nasolabial folds, and the pre-jowl regions.
  5. Less risk of bleeding and bruising: Sharp needles can puncture veins and arteries below the skin, a blunt cannula will push them aside.
  6. One Point of Entry. Conventional needles are stiff and pierce deep within the skin. Microcannula, however, is flexible and possesses a blunt tip. Instead of piercing through the tissues, a cannula opens up a path between the skin. This method allows for less damage to occur to the inner tissue, which reduces bruises and pain.
  7. Minimal pain: Having many shots with sharp needles around the lips can feel painful and sore. Many people describe needle injections as bothersome, while patients who are injected through using a cannula describe the feeling as "pressure."

Advantages of Sharp Tipped Needle

Although the cannula method of injecting dermal fillers offers many benefits, there are still cases when sharp needles can be the right choice. When a minimal amount of filler for touchups are injected in small places like the cupid's bow of the upper lip or the temples, a needle is still the best option. 

Disadvantages of Microcannula and Sharp

Disadvantages of Microcannulas

 This study goes on to describe the potential of adverse effects. Of the 666 filler procedures using the microcannula technique, three treatments (0.5%) produced adverse events on the day of service, and during the two-week follow up 32 procedures (4.8%) produced adverse effects. In total, only 5.4% of treatments produced adverse events.

Cannulas may not be ideal for filling acne scars or injecting extremely fine lines located on the skin's superficial surface. Microcannulas, since they are blunt-tipped, cannot make their entry point, requiring the use of a sharp needle to start an entry point. 

Disadvantages of Hypodermic Needles

A risk concerning the sharp needle is not just penetrating the blood vessel but shooting the filler into it, leading to vascular occlusion. That can result in much more severe complications. Again, there are specific standards that practitioners take to ensure that this doesn't happen; however, it is something that must be acknowledged when using a needle.

Greater Pain. Using a sharp needle will create a lot of tissue, tearing only always. This tearing will cause pain for the patient and create a more unpleasant experience.

More Bruising. The needle won't slide easily and will cut veins and tear the tissue causing more bleeding, which will lead to bruising that takes a while to disappear. 

Less Predictable. It's difficult for practitioners to know exactly what the damage the needle will cause. 

When To Use Microcannulas

There are many benefits to using microcannulas in sensitive invasive procedures. Here are a few examples of where microcannulas becomes invaluable to Doctors.

Vascular Compression 

Technique matters greatly for evading vascular compression, but blunt tips make the probabilities of it happening much less possible. To stop unnecessary extrusion force when injecting fillers through blunt microcannulas that are invariably longer than the typical 13 mm to 19 mm sharp needles, a larger gauge is selected.

Ecchymosis 

The risk of penetrating a blood vessel with a correctly used blunt microcannula is significantly reduced. Chances of ecchymosis, which may be recorded in regions such as the nasojugal fold, the upper eyelid, and the pre-jowl sulcus. 

Collagenesis 

It has been suggested that a blunt microcannula multiple times through an area may stimulate collagenases. This theory is persuasive by extrapolation from the collagenases observed with repeated back-and-forth passage of cannulas during liposculpture. 

If you're a doctor who wants to purchase microcannulas, then stop by FACEMed's Store for all our available microcannulas. We carry multiple sizes to suit whatever your needs are.  

Where Can You Get Them?

As many cosmetic doctors and patients can attest, swapping the sharp needle for a blunt tip microcannula improves the outcomes of a procedure. The wide variety of microcannula choices has allowed doctors to perform both cosmetic and more invasive procedures harmlessly. The Microcannula technique is available in five different sizes. At FACE Medical Supply, you can find 18, 22, 25, 27, and 30 gauge microcannulas at various lengths. We sell high-quality microcannulas that will perform any filler injection task you need. The results show that microcannula injections are the future.

These microcannulas can be safely employed with a variety of cosmetic methods and fillers of any type and viscosity, including Lip augmentation, soft augmentation of the facial filling, plumping cheeks, wrinkle-reducing, plumping cheeks, reducing saggy skin and bags under the eye.

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Why Do Physicians love Microcannulas?

Simply put? The clinical benefits. Benefits from blunt microcannulas include elimination or near elimination of the risks of accidental intravascular injection. An intravascular injection is an injury to vital neurovascular structures within the areas of injection. Many researchers agree that a blunt microcannula of 27 gauge or above is unlikely to puncture blood vessels or nerves if it is used with proper technique. A Microcannula will push tissue aside as it traverses the path of least resistance through the tissue. So what other benefits do Microcannulas have?

Vascular Compression 

Technique matters for avoiding vascular compression, but blunt tips make the chances of it happen far less likely. To prevent excessive extrusion force when injecting fillers through blunt microcannulas that are invariably longer than the typical 13 mm to 19 mm sharp needles, a larger gauge is selected.

In general, a microcannula of 27-gauge or larger diameter is used in place of a 30-gauge sharp needle, and a microcannula of 25 gauge or larger diameter in place of a 27-gauge sharp needle. The decreased extrusion force facilitates the increased flow of filler products that can cause the deposition of inappropriately large filler boluses if the injector is unused to the small volume micro-threading technique that is best suited to microcannulas. 

Ecchymosis 

The decreased or eliminated the risk of piercing a blood vessel with an appropriately used blunt microcannula compared to sharp needles results in a significantly reduced risk of ecchymosis, which may be particularly noted in regions such as the nasojugal fold, the upper eyelid, and the pre-jowl sulcus. In the researcher's experience, ecchymosis with blunt microcannulas is minimal and, for many patients, nonexistent.

If ecchymosis does occur, it may be at the insertion site of the sharp pilot needle, or in areas of increased tissue resistance if the microcannula is applied with inappropriate force. Increased tissue resistance may be due to fibrosis, in patients who have previously had face-lifting surgery or multiple injection sessions with collagen-stimulating volumizers such as PLLA. These situations may be considered relative contraindications to the use of blunt microcannulas.

Tolerability 

According to researchers, the tolerability of blunt microcannulas is equal to or greater than that of sharp needles. Patient discomfort is reduced to the level where topical anesthesia alone consistently suffices even for injection of the lips, and local nerve blocks are not necessary. There may be some discomfort during the injection, especially if a microcannula is passed multiple times through a zone of tissue fibrosis. Some patients dislike the noise of a blunt microcannula passing through tissue, and we recommend forewarning patients of this and playing music to provide auditory distraction during the injection procedure. 

Collagenesis 

It has been suggested that the back-and-forth passage of a blunt microcannula multiple times through an area may stimulate collagenesis. This theory is persuasive by extrapolation from the collagenesis observed with repeated back-and-forth passage of cannulas during liposculpture. However, the researchers note that collagenesis induced by liposculpture typically results from a much larger number of "tunneling" passes through the tissue than would be performed when injecting alloplastic fillers with microcannulas. 

If you're a doctor who wants to purchase microcannulas, then stop by FACEMed's Store for all our available microcannulas. We carry multiple sizes to suit whatever your needs are.  

Regardless of what the Doctor is using the utmost care should always be taken to ensure safety for the patient. 

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The Hamilton-Norwood scale (sometimes only referred to as "Norwood scale") is the primary classification system used in the medical field to gauge the degree of male pattern baldness. This measurement scale was first introduced by James Hamilton in the 1950s and later revised and updated by O'Tar Norwood in the 1970s.

Men tend to lose their hair in a few common patterns over the development of many decades. The Hamilton-Norwood scale provides quick reference images that show distinct stages of balding. This is important for doctors to classify the stage of balding.

There are many other classification scales used by doctors, researchers, and hair transplant surgeons. Different classification scales include male and female, or only female, but Hamilton-Norwood is typically used by practitioners when discussing male pattern baldness.

It presents a reference point to diagnose the degree of baldness, consider treatment options, and measure the effectiveness of any treatment.

The Seven Stages of Hamilton-Norwood

The Hamilton-Norwood scale has seven steps. Each step marks the severity and pattern of hair loss.

Stage 1. There is a lack of bilateral recessions along the anterior border of the hairline in the frontoparietal regions. No notable hair loss or recession of the hairline.

Stage 2. There is a small recession of the hairline around the temples. Hair is also lost, or sparse, along the midfrontal border of the scalp, but the depth of the affected area is much less than in the frontoparietal regions. This is commonly referred to as an adult or mature hairline.

Stage 3. The first signs of significant balding appear. There is a deep, symmetrical recession at the temples that are only sparsely covered by hair.

Stage 3 vertex. The hairline stays at stage 2, although there is notable hair loss on the crown of the scalp (the vertex).

Stage 4. The hairline recession is harsher than in stage 2, and there is scattered hair or no hair on the vertex. There are deep frontotemporal recessions, usually symmetrical, and are either bare or very sparsely covered by hair.

Stage 5. The areas of hair loss are more significant than in stage 4. They are still divided, but the band of hair between them is thinner and sparser.

Stage 6. The connection of hair that crosses the crown is gone with only sparse hair remaining. The frontotemporal and vertex regions are joined together, and the extent of hair loss is more significant.

Stage 7. The most drastic stage of hair loss, only a band of hair, going around the sides of the head persists. This hair usually is not thick and might be dainty.

Norwood class A. This is a somewhat different and less common classification of hair loss. Norwood also defined a Type A variant from his standard classification system, which is distinguished by two major features and two minor features.

Major features

1) the border of the hairline grows to the rear without leaving an island of hair in the mid-frontal region

2) there is no synchronous development of a bald area on the vertex. Rather, the frontal hairline recession keeps progressing to the rear of the scalp.

Minor features

1) there is sparse hair scattering in the area of hair loss  

2) the horseshoe-shaped areas of hair that continue on the side and back of the scalp tend to be more extensive and touch higher on the head.

How is male pattern baldness diagnosed?

Common male pattern baldness is usually diagnosed based on the form and pattern of hair loss, along with a comprehensive medical history, including questions about the predominance of hair loss in your family.

How is hair loss treated?

Hair loss treatments are most potent when started early. It's more manageable to slow down hair loss than it is to incite new hair growth. Hair follicles that stop creating hair become dormant after about two years and can't be reactivated. However, there are ways to rejuvenate your hair follicles and start-up hair growth, such as Laser Hair Growth Helmets, and Pep Factor.

Laser Hair Growth Helmets. Low-level laser therapy is known as red light therapy and cold laser therapy, highlights, and empowers photons in the scalp tissues. These photons get absorbed by weak cells, which then encourages hair growth. At FACE, we use this type of treatment in our Laser Hair Growth Helmets.

Pep Factor. This serum is designed from the first drop with the intention of magnifying Fibroblast. Fibroblast Growth Factors (FGF) directs a range of various biological functions, including cellular proliferation, durability migration. FGF is also responsible for the renewal of tissue, including skin and hair follicles. UMA's research laboratory has designed this unique formula. 

The microcannula technique has grown into becoming an increasingly attractive method for doctors injecting cosmetic fillers. Prior studies have demonstrated that the microcannula technique allows the filler to be injected with less pain, swelling, and virtually no bruising. This study examined 247 patients who have undergone any dermal filler injections using the microcannula technique from 2011 to 2016. This study assesses the recurrence of adverse events connected with injections.

Adverse Effects

The study goes on to describe the potential of adverse effects. Of the 666 filler procedures using the microcannula technique, three treatments (0.5%) produced adverse events on the day of service, and during the two-week follow up 32 procedures (4.8%) produced adverse effects. In total, only 5.4% of treatments produced adverse events. These were on smaller needles, such as the 22 gauge

None of the procedures using the 30-gauge microcannula produced adverse events at the 2-week follow-up. The data support that the microcannula technique is a safe and effective alternative to stiff rigid needles for the injection of filler to minimize everyday adverse events.

At the Face Medical Supply store, you can find 18,22,25,27, and 30 size gauge microcannula's at various lengths. We sell high-quality microcannulas that will perform any filler injection task you need. The results show that microcannula injections are the future.

Positive Results

Conventional needles are stiff and pierce deep within the skin. Microcannula, however, is flexible and possesses a blunt tip. Instead of piercing through the tissues, a cannula opens up a path between the skin. This method allows for less damage to occur to the inner tissue, which reduces bruises and pain.

Due to its flexibility, the microcannula can perform filler injections in multiple locations from a single point of entry. Many areas regularly treated with fillers are cheeks, marionette lines, lips, temples, hands, nose, nasolabial folds, and the prejowl regions.

Microcannula for filler injection offers numerous advantages over conventional needles, such as:

These results create comfort for clients allowing them to take the risk to go in for an injection. It also increases the chance of repeat customers since they will recover faster and notice much less pain at your location specifically. 

How Does It Work?

During filler injection using Microcannula, the first step is to create a small entry point in your skin using a fine needle. Creating an entrance is an essential step because the Microcannula possesses a blunt tip and is not able to pierce into the skin on its own. Since the entrance point is tiny, it does not cause much pain or bleeding. The microcannula is then carefully inserted into the tiny opening and guided underneath your skin to reach the sections for filler injection.

The fantastic quality is that as the Microcannula slides through the spaces between the tissues, the blunt tip can be moved under the skin without causing any injuries to the tissues. The patient often does not feel any major pain, mostly pressure, as the doctor moves it under their skin.

Fat deep within the skin loses volume throughout the natural aging process. Facial bones even tend to lose their size over time. That's why soft-tissue fillers have become increasingly powerful products for facial rejuvenation to regain that lost facial volume.

To get a more natural-looking result with fillers, it's essential to perform deep volumetric injections at precise sites. Supraperiosteal placement is best performed with a sharp needle or a microcannula. However, which needle is the best when performing these deep volumetric injections? 

Microcannulas Vs. Sharp Needle

One significant difference is needle flexibility and control. While sharp-tipped needles are naturally stringent, cannulas provide a more flexible option. This allows them to move more freely and easily when injecting. The flexibility also will enable them to not "cut" more than needs to so that the injection does the least amount of damage as possible. But

Too much flexibility can sometimes be a bad thing. To overcome this, the micro-cannulas offer a solution which is more rigid than many other cannula products, yet still more flexible than any stringent needle. The rigidity allows practitioners, even more, control over their movements in a more predictable and always manageable fashion. 

Sharp needles require multiple entry points to deposit the chosen product in a bolus or linear fashion across a given area. Cannulas can be used through fewer entry points to deliver the product. This is because they can be pushed through the tissue freely and easily, without cutting. This makes treatment quicker and less painful without repeated needle entry. 

Patient comfort is another plus to microcannulas due to them being a less "invasive" to sharp needles. Traumatic treatments become imperative for practitioners. Studies show that patients recover faster with microcannulas and notice less pain and swelling after the injection. Even without the added benefits to the user, the fact that patients experience more comfort is enough to warrant using cannulas. At FACE, we provide multiple sizes of microcannulas so that you can be ready to serve whatever your patients need. 

What Does Testing Show?

The research performed compared Sharp Needles to Cannulas. During testing, researchers set out to analyze the safety profiles of both injection techniques. Researchers injected cadaver heads with dye material and soft-tissue fillers at multiple aesthetic facial sites on the supraperiosteum.

Afterward, the cadaver was dissected for the measurement of dye and filler placement. The researchers discovered the non-traumatic cannula technique resulted in the product remaining confined to the deep anatomic layers compared with the sharp needle technique where the material was found in various anatomic layers that were not intended.

Researchers continued their tests and discovered that both technique's results were consistent for all facial sites. In the end, microcannula showed more precision in the placement of the injection. While the sharp needle, the material was injected, moved in a recessive direction along the path of the needle path, ending up in multiple anatomic layers. The sharp needle technique also showed a higher complication risk with intra-arterial injection occurring, even though the needle tip was positioned on the periosteum/

Microcannulas vs. Needles?

Not much is different. A cannula is boiled down to being a tube that does not end in a sharp point – but has a blunt tip. That blunt end is the primary difference between a cannula and a standard needle. A blunt- or smooth-tipped micro-cannula is also defined as one being used as an injection device that is inserted via a sharp needle created entry point with a micro-hole, or port in the side of the cannula shaft.

When it comes to FACE's aesthetic medicine, the words cannula and micro-cannula are frequently used in and are often interchangeable. You can check out our state of the art product here.

Regularly a distinction is made between the two terms based on the shape of the blunt tip. This is inaccurate, and a distinction is required so that doctors can classify it.

In other words, there is no difference if someone refers to using a cannula or a micro-cannula for subdermal injectable aesthetic treatments. However, besides this fact, there is still much uncertainty over the appropriate terminology, the exact definition of a micro-cannula, and the various product models available.

Here are some ways we at FACE Med classify a cannula:

What Does a Blunt Tip Do?

Multiple ports are needed when using conventional, stiff, unflexible needles. Every injection port increases the likelihood of bruising. The sharp point on a traditional needle practically ensures patient bruising.

One main reason people avoid getting facial fillers is the fear that the needles used to inject the treatment will be too painful. Thankfully we have microcannulas to save you from your worries. To make injection treatments less painful, doctors have created a technique that takes the complications of pain mostly out of injection procedures.

Using microcannula, patients will experience less bruising, pain, and less tissue damage. Another benefit is that there is less of a chance of intravascular injections, and that supports both doctors and patients. Technology is changing, and with the use of microcannula, patients can relax a bit more when going in for an injection. 

What Are The Benefits of Microcannula?

At FaceMed we want to provide the best and least painful methods for our clients so that you can go home and recover quickly and not dread your next injection. That's why we employ the best technology such as microcannula.

Faster. Now doctors will be able to perform your procedure more swiftly and with less pain on the patient.

Safe on blood vessels. Traditional hypodermic needles potentially damage small blood vessels, but using microcannula takes away this risk.

Minimal tissue damage. Patients encounter less bruising when using microcannula.

Faster recovery. Since there usually is only one insertion site when using microcannula, patients won't have to spend as much time improving.

Rejuvenated collagen. Thanks to the design of microcannula, patients will experience stimulated production of new collagen, which will improve their facial volume.

Minimal side effects. When facial injections are administered using microcannula, patients are likely to experience less, if any, side effects.

Why Aren't Microcannulas Everywhere?

Well, that's probably because they're relatively new in the medical field, and it's going to take some momentum to overcome the decade's use of traditional needles. After doctors use microcannula, they tend never to want to go back to standard needles. 

Studies on microcannulas have concluded that they're better than regular needles. Fillers are one of the most common minimally invasive treatments available today. Over 2.4 million injection procedures were performed just last year. Now, with this technology, millions of people can feel much safer receiving these injections. 

If you're interested in ordering these innovative needles then check out our store page. We provide microcannula's in various different diameters and lengths. 

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