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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Millions of dermal filler injections are performed every year. Patients love that there is a non-surgical and safe way to fill in wrinkles, address age related hollowing, and augment facial features. The one major downside for many patients getting dermal fillers is that the results do not last. Most dermal fillers will need refreshed at least once or twice a year, if not more. Due to this, semi-permanent fillers have emerged and continue to be studied. One of the first semi-permanent to permanent fillers to be FDA approved was Bellafill. Northwest Face & Body performs the best Bellafill Bellevue and Kirkland can offer.
Bellafill is a type of semi-permanent dermal filler that is comprised of microspheres that the body cannot degrade like with hyaluronic acid fillers. The product itself is roughly 80% bovine collagen and 20% polymethyl-methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. Together, these ingredients stimulate your body's collagen response to improve results and create a natural look and feel to the treated area. This is similar to other semi-permanent fillers such as Sculptra that also stimulate a collagen response. Except, unlike Sculptra, Bellafill does not absorb or get broken down by the body as quickly. This promotes more dramatic results regardless of the amount of collagen your body produces.
Bellafill has two FDA approved uses, but many others continue to be studied and are generally considered safe for off label use. Some of the treatment areas include:
The most common uses of Bellafill are for the smile lines (nasolabial folds) and acne scars. It is rare to use it under the eyes or in the lips, though not unheard of. During your consultation, you can discuss whether Bellafill is the right filler based on your needs and goals.
Injecting Bellafill will look similar to other dermal filler injections. First, your master injector will disinfect the treatment areas with alcohol. After this, your injector may apply topical numbing cream and/or inject lidocaine to keep the process comfortable. There are also vibration devices and other techniques to limit pain and discomfort from the injections. Depending on the numbing technique, it may take anywhere from ten to thirty minutes to fully numb.
Once ready, your master injector or plastic surgeon will slowly and precisely inject the Bellafill. They may also gently massage it in place or move the needle slightly to make sure safe and optimal injections. Immediately after this, they will wipe away any pinpricks of blood and provide you with aftercare instructions. They can also perform other injections at the same time, such as
The aftercare instructions for Bellafill are similar to other similar products. You will want to avoid wearing makeup or applying skincare products the day of your treatment (sunscreen or moisturizer may be all right, but discuss this with your injector). Other instructions may include refraining from exercise, drinking alcohol, and touching the treatment areas for a specified amount of time. If you experience swelling, sleeping with your head elevated may help.
Bruising, swelling, redness, some post-injection tenderness, and itchiness are all normal side effects that tend to pass within two weeks, if not sooner. You can prevent bruising and swelling by not talking blood thinning medications and supplements like ibuprofen, arnica, and prescription blood thinners for a few days before your appointment. If necessary though, this likely will not bar you from undergoing the procedure, it just means you may experience more or worsened bruising.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery clinic and medical spa located in Kirkland, WA. A few minutes drive from both Bellevue and Kirkland, it is easily accessible and located on the beautiful Lake Washington lakefront. Our injection team consists of plastic surgeons, aesthetic medicine physicians, physician's assistants, and registered nurses, who all have decades of experience and know-how in cosmetic injectables. They also have some of the top knowledge when it comes to semi-permanent fillers like Bellafill. Northwest Face & Body provides the best Bellafill Bellevue and Kirkland can offer.