Microcannulas vs. Needle Injection for Injectable Fillers

Isn’t it enough that there are so many different fillers out there? Now we have to keep up with HOW they’re injected? Bear with me, as I think this is an important topic for anyone that is undergoing filler injections – more important that the type of filler.

What is a microcannula?

microcannulaA microcannula is similar in size to a needle, but instead of a sharp point at the end, there is a rounded end with an opening on the side. Also, microcannulas are flexible and bend with pressure, as opposed to needles that are rigid and designed to pierce skin (and blood vessels).

What are the benefits of microcannula injections?

Because microcannulas are flexible and blunt-tipped, they are able to be push blood vessels out of the way. As a result, they cause less trauma to blood vessels which means less bleeding under the skin, and therefore less bruising. Patient also experience less pain and discomfort with microcannula injections. Lastly (and most importantly), microcannulas are SAFER. The most feared complication of fillers is due to intravascular injection of filler which causes occlusion of blood vessels. As a result, there can be loss of skin of the face due to compromised blood supply. Because cannulas are blunt and have a side injection port, the incidence of intravascular injection is substantially decreased.

Why aren’t all injectors using microcannulas?

Good question! I think this will change as the popularity of microcannulas increases. Unfortunately not all injectors have trained with microcannulas so there is a bit of a learning curve.

What areas are you using microcannula injections?

I perform most of my injections with microcannulas, including lips, cheeks, marionette lines, tear trough. I use needles very occasionally for fine tuning and deep injections in conjunction with microcannulas.

See the demonstration below for microcannula injection of sculptra:

Please let me know if you have any other questions! Have a great weekend.




Technology in Plastic Surgery

versusI know how confusing it can be to keep up with all the brand names and technologies in this field. As a result, I have combined many of the name brand technologies (like Coolsculpting, ThermiRF, Clear & Brilliant, etc) into easy-to-understand categories. I will be updating this list based on your feedback or as new technologies emerge, so please keep me posted! You can find the list at – ENJOY!


Thinking about your first Botox consultation?

So you’ve heard about Botox and your friends may be getting it BUT you still have a lot of unanswered questions before you schedule a consultation like “What happens during the consultation?”. So here is my rundown of some common Q&A’s to get everyone caught up.


Some common questions:

Where should I start learning about Botox?  

Schedule the consultation! It’s complimentary and the best way to assess whether you would benefit from Botox in the first place! I see a large number of patients bothered by something and think that they need Botox, but in fact need something else quite different.  I invite you to explore my Concern Based Menu to research more information on the various options available to you. You may also explore the Botox page.

How long does a Botox consultation last? 

Consultations last 15-20 minutes and you meet with me, personally, to discuss the various options available and come up with a customized plan for you.  I see new Botox patients in both my Southlake and Fort Worth offices.


If I want to have Botox performed, can it be done the same day? 

Yes. Botox can be done at my Southlake and Fort Worth offices on the same day and simply adds around 10 minutes to the length of the consultation.

Is getting Botox painful?

I have performed many, many Botox injections, but would say probably 95% of patients report that the injections were much easier than expected. I use a combination of ice as well as vibration nerve distraction (and good music, of course), to ensure patients are comfortable. Pain during or afterwards is rare.

How will I look after a Botox appointment?

Since effects take 3-5 days to start working, you will be moving your forehead normally when you leave. The effects are gradual. You may notice some small injection site swelling (less than a small pea) that resolves in a couple hours. Most people can go right back to work after their lunchtime touchup.

If I start using Botox, will I need to keep using it? 

The short answer is NO. People that ascribe to Botox prevention, typically maintain use of Botox because they like to avoid deepening of wrinkles on the forehead. However, when the effects of Botox wear off, movement returns to normal.

How long does Botox last? 

Typical results are 2-4 months.

How much does Botox cost? 

Typical Botox prices may range from $320 to $550.

What is the difference between Botox and Dysport?

Please see my earlier blog post on this topic. In short, I tend to use both interchangeably depending on the effect I am trying to achieve. They are both derived from the same original botulinum toxin, but simply purified differently. They are equal in price.

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Under Eye Rejuvenation with House of Preservation

I’m very excited to be teaming up with some fantastic women with an eye for aesthetics. It is not every day that you can take your fashion/design careers and funnel those energies into blogging about beauty and the art of “age preservation”. But Brittany and Rylie have done just that. Their blog is entitled “House of Preservation” and features many current beauty product reviews as well as some treatment reviews. Our focus will be on education of my patients (and their followers), which has always been a top priority for both of us. I hope you enjoy!

Under Eye Rejuvenation with House of Preservation and Jordan Rihani, MD


tear trough

Our first video discusses my Facial Plastic Surgery Institute under eye rejuvenation package. This combination of procedures improves the “tired eye” appearance or a prominent “tear trough”. For more information, see the Tired Eyes Page on this website.

Introducing our new Concern Based Website!

I am very excited to launch our new website! I have always thought finding information on which plastic surgery procedure may be the right one for you can be such a long and confusing process. This was at the forefront of my mind when designing my new website.


By clicking on the Concerns menu, you are taken to a graphical representation of the face (desktop version only). This groups many of the common concerns into regions of the face. Common terminology is used for many of these concerns, which then takes you to detailed information about the problem, including links to the various solutions. Alternatively, if you know what you are looking for – simply click the Solutions link which takes you into the various surgical and non-surgical options.

The website is content-rich, just like my old site, in hopes of EDUCATING MY PATIENTS FIRST! It’s pivotal to being an informed consumer, and something I love doing.


What’s the difference between Botox and Dysport?

I have received an increasing number of questions about the difference between Botox and Dysport, so I thought it would be good to address the question here. I use both products almost interchangeably.

Are Botox and Dysport both used for the same purpose?

Yes. Both are derived from botulinum toxin and are simply different in their purification methods. Botox is the trade name for the botulinum toxin product made by Allergan (manufacturer of Juvederm, Kybella) and Dysport is the tradename for the botulinum toxin product made by Galderma (manufacturer of Restylane, Sculptra).

Do Botox and Dysport have the same effect?

Yes. Although there is some conflicting data, it is suggested that onset of action of Dysport may be sooner (closer to 3 days than the 5 days for Botox). There is also some data showing increased spread of Dysport compared to Botox. Although clinically, I have not found an obvious difference.

Is the price of Botox different than the price of Dysport?

No. Although the “per unit” price of dysport is lower, in actuality you are using 3 times the amount of product and therefore the price is very similar for both products. For example, I generally recommend 25-40 units of Botox for use in the forehead which would be equivalent to 75-120 units of Dysport.

They are both FDA approved for reducing severity of glabellar lines – Botox originally receiving FDA approval in the 2002 and Dysport in 2009. Botox is also FDA approved for treatment of crow’s feet.

How do I determine whether I use Botox or Dysport? As mentioned, I tend to use the two products interchangeably. If patients request one product or the other, I will use whichever they prefer. If a patient believes they have developed some resistance to one of the products, I will try the other product.

Are there other products similar to Botox and Dysport? Yes, the third FDA approved botulinum toxin product is Xeomin and is manufactured by Merz.

Are there any new products coming out in the near future? There is nothing on the immediate horizon, but there is promise with new longer lasting products. One of those products is undergoing human trials at the moment and may last as long as 6 months, which is very exciting!

Email or call with questions!


Trends in Facial Volume – Achieving Natural Results

I recently spoke about a topic that has increasing importance in the field of facial plastic surgery and I want to sum up a few of those concepts here.

1. Surgery of the aging face began with removal of extra, loose skin but has made great advances as we learn more about facial aging.

Suzanne Noel, one of the female pioneers of plastic surgery, circa 1918.  Suzanne Noel, one of the female pioneers of plastic surgery, circa 1918.










Since the first facelift was performed in 1901, the surgery has mainly focused on excision of excess skin. With the invention of SMAS and deep plane facelifts in the 1980’s, more emphasis was placed on deeper structures of the face. In the 2000’s, the shift was made to emphasize volume replacement. Some refer to this period as the “Volumetric Period”.

2. Changes below the skin lead to volume loss – including our facial skeleton. 

Skeletal changes in the aging face. Skeletal changes in the aging face.

There is loss of volume of all layers below the skin, including the bone, muscles, and fat which can be quite significant. Imagine the same amount of skin covering both skeletons that are shown. Simply losing that degree of bone volume would result in a large amount of skin and soft tissue sagging.

Replacement of volume at the level of the facial skeleton is first performed to provide a foundation. I am using injectable fillers for the majority of these cases, but facial implants (silicone) are also used for augmentation of the chin, cheeks, and temples.

3. Fat thinning and downward migration occurs

There are significant changes in the fat below the skin. Early changes make fat below the eyes more prominent – as the cheek fat descends. This continues which causes hollowing in the cheeks and prominence of the folds around the nose and mouth.

Replacement of lost fat volume is generally performed with injectable fillers or from fat injections. The ease of use and safety of injectable fillers is partly responsible for their rapidly growing popularity. Fat injections have the benefit of taking the patient’s own fat and allowing large volume replacement.

4. Volume replacement is therefore the answer, right? Not quite…

Not only do we lose volume, but as we also know, we lose skin elasticity which causes loose skin. This leads to wrinkling and sagging of the skin. It is important to address excess skin laxity at the time of volume replacement for the most natural results!

In summary, there is a complex balance in order to obtain natural results. Come in for your complimentary consultation to discuss which options are best for you! Have a great week.

Refer Friends, Earn Points for Injectables, Products and Services

Referring your friends but not feeling appreciated?

We understand! We are making the process super easy with our plastic surgery reward points program. Refer your friends to receive points whenever they purchase products or services. You use those points to apply towards Botox/Dysport, Filler, skin care products, and clinic services. 

What do your friends get? They get 10% off their first purchase and the opportunity to start earning their own rewards points through their referrals. 

We are the only provider featured on this new platform, known as RefpointsMD. You must be an existing patient to start earning referral points, so come by or call the clinic for more details! 

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Grand Opening Celebration

Join us for a Grand Opening Celebration next Thursday, July 28th at our Southlake Office. Giveaways, Live Demonstrations (Botox, Venus Freeze, Laser Resurfacing), Hors d’oeuvres, and Cocktails! 521 W Southlake Blvd, Southlake TX 76092. 

Top cosmetic procedures for men

Statistics from the American Society of Plastic Surgeons show overall numbers of plastic surgery procedures are on the rise. Men continue to increase as a proportion of those total numbers. Here are the top facial cosmetic procedures for men (minimally invasive and surgical). 

1. Botox (up 4% from 2014)

Men are increasing using Botox to improve the appearance of crow’s feet and minimize wrinkles in the forehead. (Hence, marketing campaigns coining the term “Bro-tox”) Natural results can be achieved by expert injectors, avoiding the frozen look while still providing a youthful, refreshed appearance. 

2. Laser Hair Removal

Permanently removing unwanted hair can be achieved on the face, ears, and neckline. Men that may be prone to “razor burn” find this to be a quick and easy procedure that saves them from the troublesome irritation as well as time shaving. 

3. Injectable Fillers (up 6% from 2014)

Men are turning more often to fillers to improve volume in the cheeks and tear trough to improve their appearance. This quick, in-the-office procedure can provide a boost with no downtime, which is appealing for men with busy schedules. 

4. Rhinoplasty (Nose Job)

Whether there was a history of trauma or one simply dislikes their nasal appearance, nose surgery tops the list for surgical procedures for men. 

5. Blepharoplasty (Eyelid lift, up 2% from 2014)

Removing hanging skin above the eyes not only provides improvement in appearance, but can provide improvement in vision as well. This quick, in-office procedure takes less than an hour and provides permanent improvement in upper eyelid appearance. 

6. Facelift (up 1% from 2014)

Around 15% of my facelift patients are men that are bothered by excess neck fat or neck sagging. Commonly, men who wear a shirt and tie may notice sagging over the collar. This outpatient surgery has a recovery time of around 1 week and provides permanent improvement in the neck and jawline. 

That wraps up the top procedures, but there is more excitement on the horizon with Kybella, advances in facial resurfacing for skin discoloration, and more! Enjoy your Monday and let me know if you have any questions by sending me an email through my contact form


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