This Summers Hot Topic in Aesthetic Medicine; Dermasculpt Blunt Tip Microcannula Technique for Dermal Fillers Reduces Patient Bruising and Increases Safety.

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The Dermasculpt Microcannula technique is an exciting advancement in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation for people looking to improve their appearance without having to endure through unnecessary pain, embarrassing bruising, or excessive swelling.

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I have had the opportunity to experience the Dermasculpt as a patient and was amazed! No bruising, little discomfort and termendous results! - Jennifer Lamb

There was a common theme among speakers at the latest international symposium of facial plastic surgeons, plastic surgeons, oculoplastic surgeons, and dermatologists from the 8th Annual Las Vegas Cosmetic Surgery 2012: using a microcannula is a superior way to administer dermal fillers and is overall safer than traditional techniques of repeated sharp injections.

For the public unfamiliar with the concept,it is simply a new way to deliver any injectable dermal filler (i.e. Restylane, Juvederm, Radiesse, etc.) using a blunt-tipped device called the Dermasculpt microcannula™.
In contrast to a sharp needle, the cannula is blunt at the end and has a side port a few millimeters away from the tip through which the filler is administered. Although microcannulas have only recently been adopted by practitioners to administer dermal fillers, larger size cannulas have been used for over two decades when performing injections of fat harvested from one’s very own body, termed “fat transfer.”

A recent consensus study published in April of 2012 in the premier journal of Plastic Surgeons, “Plastic & Reconstructive Surgery”, concluded that “needles, syringes, and cannulas of small size should be preferred to larger ones and be replaced with blunt flexible needles and microcannulas when possible.” The Skin Sculpting Technique™ with Dermasculpt blunt cannulas leads to virtually no bruising when performed correctly because the cannula does not cut through vessels and drastically reduces the chance of administering the filler directly into an artery or a vein.

Highly-skilled Santa Monica and Beverly Hills facial plastic surgeon Dr. Kian Karimi states:

“As I gain more experience with the cannula technique, it has become clear to me that this is the wave of the future. Although only an estimated 5% of injectors around the country are utilizing this technique at the present time, there is no doubt that within a few years most injectors will be utilizing the microcannula once awareness is increased. The cannulas are marketed to the public as causing less (if any) bruising, less swelling, and far less discomfort especially in sensitive areas such as under the eyelids and the lips. Although all of these are true, it is really the safety of the cannulas that should be the focus of attention.”

From the patient’s perspective, the cannula technique is clearly superior in terms of comfort and eliminating common side effects such as pain and bruising. When performed correctly on a patient in good health, there is virtually no pain, no bruising, and minimal swelling resulting from the procedure. Dr. Karimi’s patients that have had their fillers done with the blunt cannula technique attest to these claims and literally cannot believe how comfortable they feel during the procedure. In addition, Dr. Karimi notes the extraordinary fact that he rarely needs topical numbing cream, nerve blocks, or any other aggressive form of anesthesia, even when injecting sensitive areas such as the area below the lower eyelids (“tear troughs” or “infraorbital hollows”) and the lips. Other physicians and nurse injectors that have experience with the blunt cannula technique have had similar experiences and have shared testimonials on Dermasculpt’s website.

In summary, as evidenced by many of the lectures from leading experts around the world at the most recent symposium of cosmetic surgery, the blunt cannula technique is being utilized more and more by expert surgeons, physicians, and nurse injectors. This is great news for doctors and nurses looking for safe ways to perform cosmetic procedures. It is an exciting next chapter in minimally invasive facial rejuvenation for people looking to improve their appearance without having to endure through unnecessary pain, embarrassing bruising, or excessive swelling.

Disclosure: Dr. Karimi is the national medical director of Cosmofrance, Inc. and is an educator regarding the Skin Sculpting Technique.

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