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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A mini tummy tuck is a modified version of a full tummy tuck procedure. Typically, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the lower stomach–below the belly button. Otherwise, the goals of a mini tummy tuck are exactly the same: to flatten, tighten the muscles, remove excess skin and fat, and provide a slimmer contour to the stomach. Dr. Ludwig Allegra at Northwest Face & Body offers mini tummy tuck procedures to Kirkland and the surrounding areas.
Like mentioned, a mini tummy tuck focuses on the portion of the stomach below the belly button. Sometimes–due to genetics, hormones, weight loss, or other factors–fat and skin can accumulate in the lower stomach. Even with a strictly followed diet and regular exercise, this extra skin and fat may not go away. A mini tummy tuck aims to correct this problem through surgical intervention.
In a traditional tummy tuck, your plastic surgeon will create an incision, often spanning from hip to hip. Through this incision, they will remove unwanted skin and fat, tighten the abdominal muscles, and create a more flattering, toned look.
A mini tummy tuck–for those who only need a limited procedure–can accomplish these same goals through a smaller incision and less invasive surgery. The incision is located in roughly the same place as a full tummy tuck–just below the pubic line or panty line–but it shorter than in a full tuck. While this limits how much skin and fat Dr. Allegra can remove, good candidates for a Kirkland mini tummy tuck will not need as much removal as during the full version of surgery.
During a full tummy tuck, Dr. Allegra utilizes general anesthesia because the procedure requires more time and a larger incision. A mini tuck, however, Dr. Allegra often uses local anesthesia paired with IV sedation. Using local anesthesia lowers side effects associated with general anesthesia and–for some patients–is safer than undergoing full sedation. You will not feel any pain with local anesthesia and it often leads to an easier and more comfortable recovery.
The procedure carries many benefits to Kirkland area patients. Obtaining a slimmer figure and flatter tummy is just one of the benefits, others include:
Dr. Allegra will take every precaution to ensure your scar is inconspicuous and easily concealable by a bathing suit. While a full tummy tuck scar can run from hip to hip, a mini tummy tuck scar is similar to the scar from a C-section. If you have a previous C-section scar, it is likely your surgery scar will replace it. Since Dr. Allegra makes the incision below where a bathing suit should hit, you don’t have to worry about showing off your results.
Your mini tummy tuck can provide long lasting results as long as you maintain a healthy diet and exercise. Any significant weight change–loss or gain–can cause a change in the lower abdomen. When you seek out a mini tuck, you should be close to or at a healthy weight and finished having children.
The weight gain and abdominal stretching associated with pregnancy will likely cause permanent changes in your mini tummy tuck results. Even if you return to your pre-pregnancy weight, the stretch of the skin can compromise the final results you saw. This is why Dr. Allegra recommends that patients seeking tummy tucks no longer plan to have more children.
Assuming you maintain your weight and keep up with a healthy lifestyle, your can expect to enjoy your results for many years after the procedure. You cannot expect a mini tummy tuck to last a lifetime, but it is likely to last a long time with the proper care.
Compared to a full tummy tuck, the recovery for a mini tummy tuck is shorter and generally easier. Because less tissue and skin is removed during a mini tuck, patients can expect to return to work and their daily activities within a few weeks. Some patients return to work within a week, but Dr. Allegra will give you a better idea of when you can go back to work during your consultation and immediate post operative appointments. Every patient’s recovery is different and Dr. Allegra will ensure your recovery is tailored to your needs and unique body.
Immediately following your procedure, swelling, some bruising, and redness are normal side effects of surgery and can last for a few weeks. Dr. Allegra will make multiple recommendations to help along your recovery. He will also provide medications that will make your recovery less painful and promote your health after surgery.
On average, patients can return to full strenuous exercise about six to eight weeks following surgery. Again, this depends on your recovery and the extent of your surgery.
If your stubborn fat deposits and extra skin are concentrated on your lower abdomen and below your belly button, you may be a good candidate for mini tummy tuck surgery. If your needs extend above the belly button, a full or extended tummy tuck may better suit you.
An ideal candidate for a Kirkland mini tummy tuck procedure is someone who has excess fat and skin in the lower abdominal region that does not go away with diet, exercise, or other lifestyle changes. Often, mini tummy tuck procedures benefit those who lost a significant amount of weight and need surgical intervention to give them the flat, toned look they desire.
A candidate must have good general health and not smoke. Certain health conditions and lifestyles can compromise the surgery and recovery process, so it is important to discuss the full scope of your medical history and lifestyle with Dr. Allegra during a consultation at Northwest Face & Body.
Knowing what you want to accomplish with your surgery and having realistic expectations for the procedure is the final qualification in the ideal candidate. It is understandable that you may not know exactly what a mini tummy tuck can do for you, but after a discussion with Dr. Allegra, you can expect to fully understand your future results and procedure.
Northwest Face & Body was first established in 1983 to provide medical and aesthetic services to the Greater Seattle area. Combining medical expertise, passion, and compassionate care, the Northwest Face & Body team aims to provide every patient with an individualized and thoughtful experience.
Our facilities are certified by the most rigorous Medicare standards and you can feel confident in knowing that all of the physicians and medical staff are experienced and board-certified. Northwest Face & Body also accommodates Vancouver tummy tuck patients by offering virtual consultations and discounts on lodging.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is double board-certified and has over a decade of experience performing mini tummy tuck procedures. During your consultation at Northwest Face & Body, Dr. Allegra will discuss your medical history, goals for the procedure, and your lifestyle. After gaining a good understanding of what you want to accomplish and what your lifestyle consists of, Dr. Allegra will take measurements and examine your abdomen. He then can decide if you are a good candidate for a Kirkland mini tummy tuck surgery.
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