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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Breast augmentation remains one of the most popular plastic surgery procedures around the world. Traditionally, a breast implant is used to increase breast size and alter the shape or projection of the breasts, if desired. However, new technology now offers patients the chance to increase breast size without the use of an implant. The procedure, fat transfer to the breasts, uses the patient's own fat to augment the breasts. Northwest Face & Body provides the best fat breast augmentation Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Fat transfer to the breasts works by taking fat from one part of the body and injecting it into the breasts. In the weeks and months following surgery, the transferred fat will begin to create a blood supply and take root in the breasts. During this process, it is expected that some of the fat will not survive. To account for this, slightly more fat than necessary to achieve your goal results is transferred to give you the best chance of seeing optimal results.
Once attached, the fat will act just like other fat cells in the body. Dramatic weight gain and loss can affect this fat just like other fat in the body. This means that fat transfer to the breasts feels the most natural of any breast augmentation option because it is natural tissue from the body. Though, due to this, it is less predictable and subject to more major changes.
The fat transferred into your breasts during the procedure comes from your own body. There is no foreign body or fat placed during the procedure. This almost negates the possibility of breast implant complications such as capsular contraction, rejection, breast implant illness, and more. To use your own fat though, Dr. Allegra must harvest it via a liposuction procedure. He can take the fat from almost anywhere that carries some extra fat.
Possible areas for fat harvesting include:
Beyond the obvious difference of the implanted material, breast implants and fat transfer to the breast have many other differences that patients should weigh when picking their ideal breast augmentation method. Some of the notable differences include:
There are many more nuanced differences that you can discuss with your Bellevue plastic surgeon at Northwest Face & Body. The right breast augmentation method for you will depend on the size you want to be, your anatomy, and medical history.
Fat transfer to the breasts is a precise surgery that requires a surgeon experienced in liposuction and fat transfer procedures. The plastic surgeons at Northwest Face & Body have decades of experience performing fat transfer surgery as well as various breast surgeries. As experts in breast augmentation, they will thoroughly discuss your options with you. Your surgeon may also use Vectra 3D imaging to provide a visual representation of your unique results based on your options.