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Dermal Fillers

How to Do Lip Fillers – Talk About Methods with Needles and Cannula

Lip filler treatment should be done by a specialized; the methods used in the process may make it easier, although good treatment outcomes require the input of a professional. This article explains some of the methods used during the lip filler treatment.

Lip fillers are non-surgical treatments injected into the lip tissues to increase the lip volume for a better appearance. The lip fillers are a subset of dermal fillers. Lip fillers mostly contain hyaluronic acid, a natural substance in the body that is obtained synthetically in different forms. To get lip filler, one must make a personal decision. For the lip filler treatment procedure to be successful, the patient should be in good physical health with no active oral infection. They should also have realistic expectations of the lip-filling results. Most patients go for lip fillers to restore the previous sizes of their lips. Notably, lips get thinner and smaller with age; thus, one can go under the procedure to be able to fill their lips. Also, some patients have asymmetrical lips that look unattractive; the lip filler procedure can help correct such a defect. Also, it masks wrinkles and fine lines, giving the patient a better smile.

How to Inject Lip Fillers

Luthra (2015) explained that before a lip fillers injection, one needs to disinfect the region to be treated and puncture the skin using sharp aspirate needles. Then the cosmetic doctor should aspirate for a few seconds before injecting a small amount of hyaluronic acid into the lip tissues. One needs to apply pressure to the area to help deposit the product deep into the lip tissue; the tissue absorbs the content and gains the expected volume and shape.

Can You Do Your Lip Filler?

Lip fillers have a specific procedure known and done by experienced cosmetic experts. A client should not conduct lip filler procedures on their own as it is not safe. Although there are some hyaluronic acid pens on the market, it is advised that patients get the injections administered professionally. The pen is a mechanical device that works through pressure on the skin tissue. It is not advised to inject with lip fillers individually; the patient may not be aware of the face anatomy, which entails the nerves, blood vessels, and muscles. One needs to understand the face well before carrying out a self-procedure.

How Deep Should Lip Filler Be Injected

On the lips, when one lifts the needle, they should be able to see the skin blanch along the surface, and when the needle is rested back down with zero force, blanching should not be there. Kandhari et al. (2017) stated that lip skin puncturing should be done from the vermillion border; the injection should not be deeper than 2.5mm. During the injection, some factors will determine the depth of injection needed. How the needle moves into the skin tissues will determine the injection depth, as patients have different skin tones and dermal textures. The desired outcome will also determine the depth of an injection; a client who wants to remove wrinkles will have a different depth than one who wishes to add volume to their lips.

What Is Cannula Technique Lips? 

Cannulas are long, flexible, round-ended, and comfortable fillers that are more comfortable. They have fewer entry points. Sahan & Funda (2018) stated that a patient’s upper and lower lips are filled through one entry point on each side of their lips, leading to no or little bruises. The procedure can be pain-free if numbing cream is applied to the lips for around ten to fifteen minutes. Unlike the needles, the cannula technique results in fewer traumas on the lip tissues, leading to minimized swelling. The blunt cannulas rounded tips outsource the traditional lip augmentation that needs three to four needles, each giving a bruising trauma.

Cannula or Needle; Which Is Better? 

Blunt-tipped Cannula is preferred to needles for lip fillers because of various benefits. The risk of getting bruised after the filler treatment is reduced when using a cannula. Unlike needles that are sharp and pierce through the patient’s blood vessels, the cannula has reduced bruises. Trojanowski et al. (2019) stated that one could experience less pain; the needles require the patient to have multiple injections, which may get the patient uncomfortable. A blunt cannula makes a ‘pushing’ feeling and is less painful and more comfortable. The blunt cannula technique help reduce swelling scenarios, thus minimal downtime. It is considered a safer and more accurate technique than needles. Hyaluronic acid can be accurately injected into the tissues through a blunt cannula, resulting in better results and less chance of piercing through an artery.

FAQs about Lip Fillers

How Best Can One Inject Lip Filler?

A lip filler injection should be conducted by an experienced cosmetic doctor who knows the procedure and is familiarized with its risks. Unqualified practitioners may not produce the desired treatment outcome.

Is Lip Filler Safe?

Yes. Lip fillers are safe and effective; the non-surgical procedure helps one get better results with fewer side effects.

Is There Downtime on Using Lip Filler? 

The downtime depends on the filler used; if conducted professionally; most filler do not have downtime.

Will I Look Natural? 

A natural look depends on the type of lip filler used. Thin lip fillers may mimic natural lips compared to thicker or overdone fillers.

How Long Will the Filler Results Last?

Fillers offer temporary results which need to be repeated often. Hyaluronic acid lip fillers last up to twelve months, although some filler may remain effective for up to five years.

What Is Blunt Cannula?

It is a technique of applying fillers without sharp needles; it gives the ‘pushing’ feeling rather than the traditional piercing sensation from the needles.

Why Are Cannula Better Than Needles?

They have no downtime and can get results without bruises or swelling.


The process of lip augmentation should be precise and should not involve prolonged downtime of any kind. It should not be painful or make the patient uncomfortable during the procedure. Blunt cannula and needling are some methods that cosmetic experts can use to change the appearance of one’s lips. The cannula is safer and more accommodating in terms of effectiveness and downtime. Patients should seek professional help for a better lip filler treatment.


Kandhari, R., Goodman, G. J., Signorini, M., & Rahman, E. (2017). Use a hyaluronic acid soft-tissue filler to correct congenital and post-traumatic lip asymmetry—Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 10(3), 153.

Luthra, A. (2015). Shaping lips with fillers. Journal of cutaneous and aesthetic surgery, 8(3), 139.

Sahan, A., &Funda, T. (2018). Four-point injection technique for lip augmentation. Acta Dermatovenerol Alp PannonicaAdriat, 27(2), 71-73.

Trojanowski, P., Jarosz, B., &Szczepanek, D. (2019). The diagnostic quality of needle brain biopsy specimens obtained with different sampling methods–Experimental study. Scientific Reports, 9(1), 1-7.