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As injectable fillers themselves continue to improve, so do injection techniques. A syringe with a needle has long been doctors’ go-to implement for filling lines, restoring facial volume and enhancing the lips, but injection via cannula has gained momentum—and Galderma‘s Restylane Lyft has joined Restylane Silk as the second hyaluronic acid filler approved for injection with this tool.
Dermatologist Dr. Anne Chapas of Union Square Laser Dermatology in New York City explains, “A cannula does not have a sharply pointed tip like a needle, the tip is more like a ballpoint pen. Instead of tearing or puncturing tissues, the cannula glides through the tissue causing less trauma. Patients in the cannula study that led to this recent approval reported less bruising, pain, and swelling than patients who were injected with a needle.”
Patients can expect the same level of improvement in their appearance with the cannula injection technique, which Dr. Chapas prefers because it allows her to reach multiple areas of the face through just one small insertion site. “Using a cannula, I can lift the jowls, fill the tear trough area and rejuvenate the mid-face from one entry point in the mid-cheek,” she says.
According to Dr. Chapas, “Patients love their Restylane Lyft injections but hate when they have to cover up a bruise. This new technique will help patients have the same great benefits with less risks of side effects.”
Originally introduced as Perlane in 2010 and approved for restoring lost volume in the cheeks and mid-face, Restylane Lyft has a proven track record for safe, effective, natural-looking rejuvenation, however it’s important to find an injector who has experience using a cannula for Restylane Lyft injections since this technique differs from the one used for needles. The entire Restylane portfolio of injectable products includes Restylane®, Restylane-L®, Restylane® Lyft with Lidocaine, Restylane® Silk, Restylane® Refyne, and Restylane® Defyne.
“Using a blunt tip cannula for filler injections is particularly helpful for patients who have a history of bruising or bleeding,” says New York City plastic surgeon Mark H. Schwartz, MD. “I have found this technique to have distinct advantages over standard hyperdermic needles in terms of aesthetic outcomes as well as comfort, which makes the experience more pleasant for patients.”
It’s also worth noting that Restylane Lyft is also the only hyaluronic acid filler approved for treating volume loss in the backs of the hands—so now you can have a more youthful-looking face and hands that won’t reveal your true age either.