Dermal filler injections are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States with over a million injections performed every year. Within the dermal filler category, hyaluronic acid fillers are by far the most popular due to their good safety profile and versatility.
Dermal filler injections are among the most popular cosmetic procedures in the United States with over a million injections performed every year. Within the dermal filler category, hyaluronic acid fillers are by far the most popular due to their good safety profile and versatility. Two filler manufacturers offer hyaluronic acid fillers–Restylane and Juvederm. Both are about equal in usage and most providers offer both. Northwest Face & Body offers the best Juvederm Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
Juvederm is a type of cosmetic injectable known as a dermal filler. It is injected for two main purposes: to fill hollows and wrinkles or to augment areas of the face. Primarily used on the face, dermal fillers like Juvederm are among the top non-surgical procedures for anti-aging. With millions of filler injections performed every year, it is an extremely popular and versatile tool for looking younger and achieving your ideal facial aesthetic.
Within facial fillers, some subcategories refer to what the filler is made out of. Juvederm belongs to the largest and most used classification: hyaluronic acid fillers. This means that Juvederm is lower risk than semi-permanent fillers and can treat more places such as the lips.
The master injectors at Northwest Face & Body are masters at using Juvederm to artfully augment and fill in facial features. Northwest Face & Body provides the best Juvederm Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Juvederm has many applications across the face. Some of the areas Juvederm can treat include:
Patients can usually treat multiple areas at once. Juvederm also pairs well with neurotoxin treatment such as BOTOX or Dysport. Your master injector will discuss which areas you are a candidate for treatment and the best Juvederm filler for each area.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally in the body, the largest concentrations of which are in the eyes and joints. Therefore, while rejection or allergy to the filler is possible, it is highly unlikely. Another major benefit of hyaluronic acid filler is that they have a natural reversal agent, hyaluronidase.
When injected, it breaks up the filler. If you experience major side effects or complications or end up unhappy with your new look, there is an easy antidote. This also increases the safety of hyaluronic acid fillers when compared with other types of fillers. If occlusion (the injection of filler into a blood vessel) or an adverse event occurs, it can be immediately addressed in the office.
While it may not seem like an advantage at first, the temporary nature of hyaluronic acid fillers allows patients to stop treatments whenever they want, try out various filler options, and try out different looks each time. This experimentation allows patients to find the exactly right filler option and technique for them.
Juvederm makes a few different fillers that each have a slightly varied consistency and tend to be used in different areas. The main Juvederm offerings are Juvederm Ultra, Juvederm Ultra Plus, and Juvederm Voluma. Your master injector can discuss each option with you in detail and help determine which is best for the area you are treating and your goals.
The first step for undergoing Juvederm filler injections in Bellevue is to attend a consultation with a master injector. At this appointment, your master injector will ask you about your goals, medical history, history with fillers, and lifestyle. They may also briefly examine the area to evaluate the skin quality, thickness, and other factors that influence the filler choice and process.
If they believe you are a good candidate for your chosen procedure, they will discuss the many fillers you have to choose from. In some cases, you may undergo filler injections the same day. Otherwise, you can schedule your appointment at your convenience or before leaving the office.
First, your master injector will prep the injection sites. This involves disinfecting the areas with alcohol and cleansing them of any makeup or environmental debris. After this, they will likely apply topical numbing cream. This will sit for around ten to twenty minutes. During this time, your injector will prepare the Juvederm.
Your master injector will then begin the filler injections. Depending on the treatment, they may use a needle or cannula. If using a needle, they will start injections immediately. With a cannula, they will make a small entry point for the cannula using a small needle. After inserting the needle or cannula they will slowly inject the filler. They may move the needle within the injection point or inject at multiple sites to add volume evenly for the ideal results.
For most areas, the injections themselves do not take longer than about ten to fifteen minutes. You can have multiple areas treated at the same time. Along with the topical numbing cream, the Juvederm contains a small amount of lidocaine to help ease the filler as it is injected.
In the days following the injections, you may notice some common side effects such as:
For the most part, these side effects should clear up in a week or two. For a day or two following Juvederm injections, your master injector may recommend avoiding strenuous exercise, alcohol, and certain blood-thinning medications and supplements.
Your filler will continue to settle for about two weeks. If you still notice lumps, unevenness, or the result does not fit your goals after two weeks, our master injectors can perform a quick touch up.
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Getting a pimple or breakout is a universal experience. However, exceptionally painful, deep, or near constant acne affects few people. While an occasional tender pimple is completely normal, it can become troublesome if constant. These more severe forms of acne are more likely to scar and are much harder to treat. At Northwest Face & Body, our master estheticians provide the best acne treatment Bellevue and Kirkland offer.
Acne forms due to clogged hair follicles with sebum, oils, and dead skin cells. This process itself is normal and can be mitigated with basic skincare for most people. However, for people who produce excessive sebum or experience acne because of other reasons, basic skincare may not be enough to curb breakouts.
Most people experience their worst acne breakouts during puberty or other similar hormonal spikes such as menopause. Hormonal acne is worsened by testosterone which is present in both males and females. However, those assigned male at birth tend to have worse acne due to this. Women who have elevated androgens or testosterone due to a condition such as PCOS or simply genetics may also have worsened acne.
Still, hormones are not the only factor that makes acne so bad at this time. Several factors contribute and for those who continue to experience acne into adulthood, or see their most severe acne in adulthood, the causes can become more complicated.
The causes of acne are more complicated than oil or debris on the skin. There are countless factors that can cause or worsen acne. In most cases where acne is cystic and/or severe, there are usually multiple reasons. Some of the factors that can cause acne include:
As part of your professional acne plan, your master esthetician may make certain lifestyle recommendations such as not staying in sweaty clothes, exchanging certain products for others, or making changes to your diet. They take a holistic approach to acne treatment to promote the best results.
Acne vulgaris comes in many forms. You’ve likely had at least a few of them throughout your lifetime. As a generalization, acne can be broken down into three categories: inflammatory, non-inflammatory, and cystic.
Inflammatory acne is common during puberty and includes both papules and pustules. These are often raised, red bumps that feel tender to the touch. Papules are unfilled while pustules are filled with pus. Inflammatory acne is considered one of the more troublesome types since it can cause pain and tempts people to try and pop them. This makes them more likely to scar and prone to become infected.
Non-inflammatory acne is a less obvious form of acne that consists of whiteheads and blackheads. Normally, these will not be red and should not hurt to touch. They may cause a small bump. These are both surface types of acne. The difference is that a whitehead is closed and a blackhead is open to the air, which causes the black discoloration.
Cystic acne is less common and a form of acne that almost always requires professional intervention. Consisting of papules and pustules deep within the skin, they cannot adequately be treated on the surface. While the actual lesions are under the skin, you may notice bumps or redness on the skin. Cystic acne is also likely to leave behind scarring.
The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body offer free skin consultations to all patients, including those seeking acne treatments. At this consultation, you will discuss your acne concerns, medical history, treatments you have tried, and what you hope to achieve. Your master esthetician may also ask you about aspects of your lifestyle and treatment preferences such as if you want to focus more on products, procedures, or other options. Free acne consultations are thirty minutes long and have no obligation.
Since acne varies widely, acne treatments do as well. It is possible to use lasers, chemical exfoliation, specialized cleansers, and even oral medications to help treat and improve acne. Below is a wrap-up of what Northwest Face & Body’s master estheticians can offer.
Bellevue master estheticians can perform many professional acne treatments. Some may target redness or inflammation while others may focus on clearing the hair follicles. It is likely that a combination of these will provide the best results depending on your type of acne. Possible treatments your master esthetician may recommend include:
Northwest Face & Body also offers prescription skincare products for purchase. Many include prescription strength concentrations of agents known to improve acne such as salicylic acid. Some of the possible skincare recommendations include:
Acne scarring is not always preventable. However, you can make it much less likely by not popping your pimples at home. This makes them much more likely to scar because the skin is often damaged in the process. Also, you can prevent acne scarring by treating your acne. This can include applying an astringent agent or pimple patch. It can also refer to the treatments listed above.
Many of the aforementioned procedures like microneedling and chemical peels can treat and reduce the appearance of existing acne scars. Though, preventing acne scars is often easier than treating them after.
Other than the occasional oral antibiotic, no. If you are interested in isotretinoin, you may want to consider seeing a dermatologist. However, if you are unsure if this is the right path for your acne treatment, our master estheticians can provide better insight based on the state of your acne and skin.
Yes, our master estheticians can treat acne on all parts of the body. While body acne is more common during puberty, it can afflict adults too. Microneedling, chemical peels, and IPL can all be used on multiple parts of the body safely to address acne. Body acne is common on the back and chest.
Occasional breakouts can often be successfully treated at home. Even if you have more severe acne, some at-home treatments can supplement your professional treatment. Your master esthetician can provide more insight into what at-home treatments may be best for you, but some at-home treatment options for acne include:
Estimating the exact cost of acne treatment with a master esthetician at Northwest Face & Body is difficult to calculate. This is because the recommended procedures and products can vary widely between patients. Thus, this is why we offer an initial free consultation so you can get a good understanding of professional acne treatment and how much it may cost. To see the cost of individual procedures, visit our price list and to add up the cost of multiple procedures, try Price Simulator.
Northwest Face & Body works with outside financing companies including Care Credit to help you find affordable financing for your procedures.
Northwest Face & Body is a leader in professional and medical skincare. Having provided Bellevue, Kirkland, and the Eastside with high quality plastic surgery, master esthetics, and cosmetic injections. Using a combination of beauty and medical techniques, our providers craft customized treatment plans for each patient. Even if our recommendations cannot be administered by us, we will point you in the direction we believe is best for you and your skin. Northwest Face & Body offers the best professional acne treatment Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Master estheticians are a type of esthetician that underwent additional training and education that focuses on medical treatments. Therefore, our master estheticians have basic medical knowledge and work alongside medical professionals to offer care that combines cosmetics and medicine. They have knowledge and experience to address a number of conditions including melasma, rosacea, and scarring.