Cannula vs Needle for Fillers: What’s the Difference? 

Southlake Plastic Surgery

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The hypodermic needle has a long history in aesthetics. Providers all over the world trust the needle for a variety of different medical and cosmetic procedures. However, in the past decade or so, a new method for injecting facial fillers has gained popularity. This method uses a cannula, which is an extremely thin tubular device that has a rounded, blunt tip. 

Both methods are widely-accepted and practiced by medical providers. Some providers have a preference for which method they like to use, and some have even built a case for why they believe one method to be better than the other. 

At Southlake Plastic Surgery, our providers are highly-trained in both the cannula and needle methods of administering fillers and want you to know that no matter which path you choose to take, you will get the results you want! 

Since the choice of cannula vs needle is ultimately yours, we want to provide you with the information you need to make the decision. (But don’t worry, we will still be happy to discuss it in person.) So, let’s take a look at the two injection methods. 


A needle provides a precise vertical injection to any areas needing filler. Due to the fact that patients seek correction in multiple areas of the face (lips, cheeks, etc.), the provider will have to utilize multiple injection sites.

This causes more trauma to the skin, which means some bruising and swelling may occur. This is to be expected with injections and is nothing to be concerned about. Recovery time is still minimal to none and you can carry on with your day with some newfound confidence. 

The needle will get the job done great, but if you’re feeling like learning about one of the latest innovations in the injectables world, keep reading! 


You already know that a cannula is a small and thin tube-shaped object with a rounded, blunt tip. Because of its nature, it does not pierce through the skin. Instead, your expert injector uses a needle to create one entry point for the cannula. Your injector will then strategically administer the filler wherever necessary. 

A cannula is longer than a needle, so it can reach more treatment areas. The single entry point allows for the provider to maneuver the cannula to different areas of the face, and since the face isn’t being pierced multiple times with the needle, there is less trauma to the skin. Using a cannula to inject filler also decreases the risk of damaging surrounding nerves and blood vessels. 

Fewer injection sites equals less swelling and bruising! And just like the needle method, recovery is quick and you can go about your day fairly normally. 

Which is better?

The cannula vs needle discussion in aesthetics is ongoing. One thing’s for sure: Both methods will get you those full lips, chiseled jawline, or youthful, volumized skin. Learn about the 9 different types of dermal fillers we offer to start your journey! 

One of our aesthetic specialists would be happy to discuss which method and filler would work best for you. The decision of cannula vs needle is ultimately yours, but you are never alone in any of the processes. We are here with you every step of the way.  

A solution for procedure anxiety is also here for you! We proudly offer Pro-Nox (made of 50% Nitrous Oxide and 50% Oxygen) which can be used before and during all non-surgical treatments. If you’re experiencing anxiety, you can simply breathe through the ergonomic mouthpiece and feel relief. 

You control your intake of Pro-Nox throughout the entire procedure and the effects wear off after just three breaths of normal air!

Ready to book your first appointment? 

We would love to meet you and learn about your goals. Schedule a consultation or use our Virtual Consultation Tool to get instant insight on your aesthetic concerns.    

Still debating on what injectable is right for you? 

Whoops, you’re one step ahead! Check out our blog on the different types of facial fillers to learn about all of the injectables we offer beyond dermal fillers.