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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Facial wrinkles are one of the top concerns patients come to Northwest Face & Body wanting to solve. Depending on their age, quality of their skin, and other factors, it is likely that a non-surgical procedure will meet their goals. Countless procedures can treat the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles including fillers, chemical peels, and laser resurfacing. For patients with more extensive aging, surgical options like a facelift or CO2 laser resurfacing may provide the best results. For many patients, BOTOX injections may best treat and prevent wrinkles. Northwest Face & Body offers the best BOTOX Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
BOTOX is a neuromodulator, or neurotoxin, derived from Botulinum toxin A. This toxin temporarily and partially paralyzes the muscles or structures it is injected into. While this may sound alarming, BOTOX injections are one of the most commonly performed cosmetic procedures with over 1.5 million injections performed annually. The number of injections continues to rise each year and BOTOX is widely considered a safe and effective procedure.
Along with cosmetic uses to soften wrinkles, BOTOX has some medical uses including the treatment of migraines and hyperhidrosis. It also is used in other fields of medicine such as ophthalmology to treat certain eye conditions and muscle disorders.
At Northwest Face & Body, our injectors can treat many areas with BOTOX. The number of units will vary based on the area and the number of injection sites. The most common treatment areas include:
Most patients can undergo multiple injections during the same treatment. During a consultation with an injector at Northwest Face & Body, you can discuss the BOTOX areas that will benefit you and your goals.
BOTOX, as we know it today, was first isolated in the 1970s. Scientists studied Botulinum toxin for years beforehand, but the medical uses were heavily researched during the mid-to-late 20th century. The FDA approved BOTOX for the treatment of strabismus in 1989. Doctors performing the treatment and patients receiving it noticed that BOTOX smoothed the look of glabellar lines.
In 1992, Dr. Alastair Carruthers and Dr. Jean Carruthers, a dermatologist and ophthalmologist respectively, published a paper that BOTOX may offer cosmetic benefits. Less than ten years later, the FDA approved BOTOX for its first cosmetic use. Following this, the neuromodulation has now become one of the most popular cosmetic procedures around the world.
BOTOX has many benefits. Other than the main benefit of treating fine lines and wrinkles, BOTOX offers many benefits like:
Before receiving BOTOX injections in Bellevue, one of our talented injectors will consult with you to discuss your goals and the best treatment. They will ask about your goals and medical history. Your injector may also examine the possible treatment areas. If they believe that BOTOX will benefit you, your injector will discuss the number of units required and desired treatment areas.
Oftentimes, if you are a good candidate for Bellevue BOTOX, you can receive treatment the same day. Subsequent appointments may only require 10 to 20 minutes for injections.
To begin your Bellevue BOTOX treatment, your injector will first clean the injection sites with alcohol to prevent injection. They may also apply a topical numbing solution if you desire, although it is not necessary. Once fully numb or ready, your injector will carefully and artfully inject BOTOX into the targeted areas. Based on the injection sites, they may ask you to lift your brows, scowl, or otherwise move your facial muscles.
Most patients remain perfectly comfortable during injections and experience little to no pain. Once finished, you should see some results appear within a few hours. Full results usually take about two weeks to fully settle in. Injections usually do not take more than 20 minutes at Northwest Face & Body.
After your BOTOX in Bellevue, you can return to most daily activities immediately. In general, your injector will give you instructions on what to do to promote the best results. Your injector may instruct you to:
Some patients may experience minor side effects following BOTOX injections. Like any other type of injection, such as a routine vaccine, swelling, redness, itching, bruising and small amounts of pain may occur. Usually, these clear up within a week or so and some patients may not experience any side effects.
BOTOX comes with relatively little risk. Major complications are notably rare, especially when seeing a qualified injector like those at Northwest Face & Body. Our injectors can answer questions you may have after BOTOX injections in Kirkland.
BOTOX is not a permanent treatment. Results typically last between three and six months. This will vary from patient to patient and is impacted by lifestyle. Certain areas may also need to be refreshed more often than others. Your injector can provide a more accurate timeline after evaluating your medical history and lifestyle during a Kirkland BOTOX consultation.
BOTOX and Dysport are both classified as neuromodulators. They are used interchangeably for the same procedures. The main difference is slight variations in the formula. Some patients may see better or longer lasting results with one versus the other. Generally, it is believed that Dysport may kick in faster, but BOTOX may last longer. This will vary from patient to patient and many patients try both products. Northwest Face & Body offers both BOTOX and Dysport.
There are also other neurotoxins on the market such as Xeomin and Jeuveau which feature variations on Botulinum Toxin A. These can provide comparable results to BOTOX and Dysport.
Based on FDA approval, patients must be 18 years or older for cosmetic BOTOX. Certain medical uses of BOTOX may sometimes treat medical conditions in children. Most cosmetic users begin neurotoxin injections in their late 20s or 30s when the early signs of aging become more apparent. This can prevent the onset of wrinkles and temporarily treat the appearance of dynamic wrinkles.
Some patients may begin injections earlier in their 20s in smaller doses known as “baby BOTOX”. These are smaller doses of BOTOX that may prolong the onset of wrinkles. Ultimately, when to start treatments is a personal decision. BOTOX is most effective for patients who have not yet seen the more advanced signs of aging.
No, BOTOX is not a dermal filler. Dermal fillers–usually made of hyaluronic acid–fill in hollows on the face. BOTOX treats the muscle to prevent muscle contractions that cause wrinkles while fillers disguise their appearance by filling them in. You can use BOTOX and dermal fillers together safely. This often yields wonderful results and is sometimes called a liquid facelift.
The answer to this question will depend on the treatment areas, the severity of wrinkles, and many other factors. Your injector will discuss the proper number of units with you before treatment. On average, patients get between 20 and 60 units.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice serving the Bellevue and Kirkland areas. Our qualified injectors treat hundreds of patients every month and specialize in neuromodulator injections. With the knowledge and experience necessary for good results, Northwest Face & Body provides the best BOTOX Kirkland and Bellevue offer.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is a talented plastic surgeon who performs many injections every week. With over two decades of experience in plastic surgery and cosmetic injectables, Dr. Allegra knows how to create natural looking results.
To schedule a consultation with Dr. Ludwig Allegra or an injector at Northwest Face & Body, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also contact us via our contact form or Price Simulator™ app.
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