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Needle Size May Affect Soft Tissue Filler Properties


October 14th, 2020 | General Info

A recent article in Dermatologic Surgery suggests that injectors (and patients) should be aware of the effects of needle size on the properties of fillers. Various types of fillers (monophasic and biphasic) were injected through 30G needles and the size and properties of the fillers were analyzed after they had been injected through the needles.  

Both monophasic (e.g. Juvederm products) and biphasic (e.g. Restylane) fillers were affected by the smaller needle size. They were affected in terms of the size of the extruded particles and in the properties (G’) of the extruded particles. Interestingly, biphasic fillers seemed to be affected more than monophasic fillers. In addition, larger particles seemed to be affected more than smaller particles as we would intuitively expect. 

Injectors should consider the size of the needle being used to inject fillers (especially biphasic fillers and fillers of larger particle size) as this might affect the performance and durability of the filler.

Reference: 

Soft Tissue Filler Properties Can Be Altered by a Small-Diameter Needle. Dermatol Surg 2020 Sep;46(9):1155-1162.