Here's Why Dermal Fillers Don't Have To Hurt
April 28, 2021

Here's Why Dermal Fillers Don't Have To Hurt

It’s the 21st century, and one of the things that it offers is that dermal fillers no longer have to hurt…as much.

Juvederm, Radiesse, and other filler injections were regarded as the most effective and safest means of dermal filler procedures. It’s known as the secret sauce to battle against aging in a couple of sessions.

The treatment is done by using sharp needles. Surgeons use these fine needles to inject the filler into the layers beneath the skin at high precision.

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However, because it is done by using sharp, pointy needles, it is still invasive. Well, minimally invasive. And it’s notorious for redness, swelling, and pain post-op.

However, surgeons now have a superior method by using microcannulas.

What Makes Microcannula Different?

A microcannula is not what you envision it to be. It does not have the sharp, pointy tip that needles have. Instead, it features a flexible and blunt tip.

So, how does it penetrate through the skin?

Since a microcannula does not have sharp and rigid features, it does not penetrate through your tissues. A microcannula makes an opening between the anatomic structures of your skin. 

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If you’re having a difficult time envisioning it, think of sliding a finger through a bulky stack of bond paper.

As a result, it gives you a plethora amount of benefits:

  • Lesser bruising
  • Lesser swelling
  • Reduces pain and discomfort
  • Minimizes downtime
  • Lesser risk of trauma
  • lesser risk of tissue damages
  • Safer and may offer smoother results
  • May stimulate collagen production

While a microcannula lessens discomfort to a degree, every dermal filler patient is at risk of bruising and swelling. However, it resolves in a few weeks.

How Does The Process Work?

At the beginning of the dermal filler procedure, your surgeon creates a small opening in your skin with the use of a fine needle – so yes, unfortunately, there’s no escaping the needle completely.

The reason why a needle is still necessary since a cannula features a blunt tip. It cannot pierce into your skin. On the other hand, the entry point is quite small and shallow. It won’t hurt nor will it bleed as much.

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After opening the entry point, that’s when your surgeon inserts the cannula into the opening, guiding it under the skin until it locates the area of the filler injection.

The microcannula simply slides through beneath the layer of the skin without harming tissues, so as the doctor locates the designated area for the filler, the patient does not feel pain as much as it would when using a needle.

With the flexible and lengthy body of a microcannula, your surgeon does not make multiple points of entry, reducing discomfort. The cannula is capable of performing filler injections in several areas with one opening.

Most of the time, patients have their cheeks, lips, nose, and marionette lines with a microcannula. The quality of the microcannula is also a major factor as well.

We recommend purchasing high-quality cannulas from to ensure safety during the procedure.

Other Ways You Can Do To Prevent Pain

  • Make sure to have a clean face during the appointment – no makeup
  • Your doctor may recommend a topical anesthetic to lessen discomfort
  • After the procedure, place an ice pack on the targeted area to lessen bruising
  • If necessary, you may take acetaminophen
  • Do not itch, massage, or pick the affected area
  • Until completely healed, avoid heat. Do not go sunbathing, tanning, or taking a dip in hot tubs
  • Only use a gentle cleanser on the treated area
  • Do not drink alcohol during downtime to prevent bruising
  • Do not partake in strenuous exercise until healed

Days before the procedure:

  • Avoid taking blood-thinning OTC meds, like ibuprofen and aspirin
  • Avoid taking supplements, such as garlic and Ginkgo Biloba
  • Avoid using topical products. To be more specific, anti-aging products
  • Do not bleach, wax, tweeze or apply hair removal cream on the concerning area
  • No alcohol a day before the procedure


There is a price for beauty, but thanks to modern development, we only have to pay a small price in the pain and discomfort department.

Using a microcannula, along with taking the necessary precautions to lessen bruising and swelling, goes a long way in giving you the best dermal filler results.

Make sure to keep these points in mind when booking an appointment in your local clinic.