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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Fat transfer to the face, sometimes called facial fat transfer or fat grafting, is a surgical technique that transfers fat from one part of the body and into the targeted points of the face. As people age, the face and skin naturally thin. This can create or reveal hollows which result in a gaunt and aged looking appearance. This can even happen after weight loss or in those with an especially active lifestyle. While dermal fillers are usually the first option, for patients looking for a more permanent solution, or cannot undergo filler injections, fat transfer to the face is a great option.
Fat transfer procedures are popular alternatives to dermal fillers. Many who routinely undergo filler injections may eventually look to fat transfer as they continue to age, or to save money in the long run. At a certain point, facial fillers may not be practical. If this is the case, you may discuss the facial fat transfer surgery with Dr. Allegra who can determine if you are a good candidate for the procedure.
Overall, the procedure is fairly non-invasive and sometimes performed under local anesthesia. First, fat is harvested from the donor body area. Next, the fat is purified to remove blood and other bodily fluids. Finally, the fat is then injected into the targeted areas. Often, Dr. Allegra will overfill them slightly because between 10-40% of the fat is expected not to survive transfer. This method allows patients to see optimal results following their Bellevue fat transfer to the face procedure.
Facial hollowng--while it may look different for every patient--tends to occur in certain places. Additionally, some medical conditions and treatments can thin the face as well. Thinning from a condition and from aging will likely look different, but will still result in a gaunt, aged appearance. Some of the places on the face that may benefit from fat transfer include:
No, there are times when a patient may experience fat loss in the face for other reasons such as massive weight loss or medical treatment. Additionally, certain facial fat transfer procedures such as fat transfer to the lips are more about aesthetics than aging. While fat transfer to the lips can benefit some aging patients, it is largely performed as an alternative to lip filler.
Any area on the body that carries extra fat is potentially a donor site. The most common areas where fat is harvested from are those that naturally carry extra fat. Though, Dr. Allegra can take fat from nearly anywhere. Some of the common liposuction sites for fat transfer to the face include:
Northwest Face & Body has provided the Eastside with gold standard surgical and non-surgical procedures for over thirty years. With a masterful team, Northwest Face & Body aims to help every patient achieve their unique cosmetic goals safely and ideally. Whether this includes surgery, injections, medical grade skincare, or a combination of procedures, Northwest Face & Body is equipped to provide top of the line care. Northwest Face & Body offers the best fat transfer Bellevue and Kirkland can supply.
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