Lip Enhancement Using Cannula Technique

In a recent article, we elaborated upon various lip fillers, their placements, common brands, the procedure, and the importance of professional training. (You can read our article on Training in lip fillers at IIWAM). In today’s article, we will help to educate you further on the various advantages of lip enhancement using the cannula technique.  

Importance of lip enhancement

In today’s time, having full and plump lips is generally considered a sign of overall good health, youth, and beauty. However, with time and age, lips that were once full and voluptuous lose their elasticity and develop vertical wrinkles. Lip enhancements tend to restore the youthful fullness of the lips.

Specific changes that a skilled Aesthetic Practitioner can achieve through lip enhancement treatments include:

  • Restoring volume to thin or ageing lips,

  • Improving symmetry between the upper and lower lip,

  • Smoothening vertical lip lines,

  • Refining the shape of thin or flat lips.

Dermal Fillers for lip enhancement

Dermal Fillers come in different forms. Some Dermal Fillers contain hyaluronic acid, including Teosyal, Juvederm, Restylane, Belotero, and Apriline. As hyaluronic acids are hydrophilic, they attract water from surrounding tissues, further augmenting soft tissue volume beyond what is expected from standard product implantation alone, making them an excellent choice for enhancing lip volume. Restylane Silk is used for lip augmentation and vertical lines above the lips, while Juvéderm Ultra XC is great for plumping the lips. Juvéderm Volbella XC can be used for perioral, or “lipstick” lines.

Modern-day Dermal Lip Fillers can last for up to twelve months, but the exact time depends on how one’s body synthesises the acid. To deliver safe and effective results, the Aesthetic Practitioner must know the anatomy of the lip, the types of Dermal Fillers, injection techniques, and possible complications as well as complication management.

Traditionally, Dermal Fillers were injected into the lips using needles. However, in present times, Aesthetic Practitioners lean towards using a cannula as it tends to reduce the overall amount of trauma to the lip, resulting in minor swelling and less potential for bruising.

Difference between cannula and needles

Needles for Dermal Fillers

Needles for Dermal Fillers are great when looking for absolute precision. In addition, they are easier to use since Practitioners are trained chiefly with needles. However, the sharp tip of the needle could puncture the facial vessels, and cause unwanted complications if the Aesthetic Practitioner does not know facial anatomy and the proper estimation of injection. It is normal to get bruises with needles or cannulas. Still, needles are more likely to create facial traumas and facial nerve damage if the Aesthetic Practitioner is not adequately trained.  

Cannulas for Dermal Fillers

The demand for using cannulas for Dermal Filler procedures is rising, as patients are satisfied with the minimal amount of bruising and inadvertent injections into vessels commonly known for needles. Patients are also happier with the minimal downtime that results from the procedures, as compared with procedures conducted with needles. It also has a lower risk of infection.

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Advantages of using a cannula for lip enhancement

Some of the benefits of using a blunt-tipped cannula for lip enhancement are as follows:

  • Poses a lower risk of bleeding and bruising.

While sharp needles can pierce the facial veins and arteries below the soft facial skin, a blunt cannula can just push them aside, reducing the possibility of damage to the blood vessels as well as nerves. A blunt-tipped cannula cannot pierce any facial nerves either, and this ensures that a cannula is a much safer option for lip enhancement treatments than the traditional needles.

  • Causes less pain.

Having multiple injections with sharp needles around the soft sensitive lips can be painful and uncomfortable. While a blunt cannula under the skin can give a ‘pushing’ feeling, it is usually less uncomfortable or painful than the needles.

  • Minimal downtime.

Sharp needles can cause severe bruising and swelling. However, cannula reduces the likelihood of swelling and bruising, along with the overall downtime and recovery for the patient. Therefore, the patient does not have to expect a significant reduction in quality of life during recovery.

About IIWAM training in lip enhancement using cannula technique

It is prudent that all Aesthetic Practitioners undergo proper training in Aesthetic Medicine. The Practitioner must balance between benefits & risks of the Aesthetic procedure and steps to mitigate complications if it occurs. At IIWAM, we call it understanding the procedure, the product, and the patient, and our trainers pay utmost attention to teaching the following subject of lip enhancement using the cannula technique under our online lip filler course.

  • What is the anatomy of the lip?

  • How to select a cannula for Dermal Fillers?

  • What are the best methods & techniques for injecting Dermal Fillers using a cannula?

  • What are some of the complications of lip enhancement that Aesthetic experts can encounter when using a cannula?

  • How can Aesthetic Practitioners avoid the complications of lip enhancement that ensue when using a cannula?

  • How can Aesthetic Practitioners treat the complications of lip enhancement when using a cannula?

Apply for the best online Aesthetic courses from IIWAM today.


International Institute of Wellness & Aesthetic Medicine (IIWAM), formerly known as Aesthetic Academy Asia (, is a One-Stop Centre of Excellence for Aesthetic Education along with Aesthetic Medical & Wellness Procedures. IIWAM provides Aesthetic Education for Medical Doctors, Dentists, Nurses, Aestheticians & Spa Owners, which is backed by a comprehensive online learning platform and a virtual library (

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