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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Botox has countless uses in the cosmetic and medical world. From treating muscle disorders and relaxing muscles to preventing wrinkles, Botulinum toxin is a versatile treatment widely used around the world. At Northwest Face & Body, our plastic surgeons and injectors have used Botox for over two decades to help our patients feel and look their best. One of the lesser known Botox treatments is to treat a gummy smile. Northwest Face & Body provides the best Botox for gummy smile Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
A gummy smile is a term for when more than two or three millimeters of the gums are visible when smiling. While it is often considered endearing some people are bothered by their gummy smile and may look for ways to correct it. The least invasive and often recommended way is to use a small amount of Botox to relax the upper lip slightly. This reduces the gummy smile and results in a more traditional smile.
The causes of a gummy smile generally fall into two categories: genetic and medical. Genetic causes include the shape and size of the teeth, a short or hyperactive upper lip muscle, and the overgrowth of the upper jaw. People are usually born with these conditions which cause a gummy smile. The medical causes may include: gingival hypertrophy, abnormal dental eruption, and excessive wear and tear on the teeth. Injuries to the area can also impact a gummy smile.
Sometimes a gummy smile is solved by braces at a young age or it resolves itself with age. In other cases, it never resolves on its own. This is when some people choose to seek out treatment options.
Botox is not the only treatment for a gummy smile, but it is one of the newest. Since a gummy smile can have several causes, the treatments can vary based on this. Though, today, Botox is becoming more of a baseline treatment. Some of the other treatment options for a gummy smile include:
Botox has become one of the preferred treatments among patients and providers. While it is not permanent, it is not nearly as painful, expensive, or invasive as other options. It also does not require a long recovery period. While some of the above surgeries may be recommended for other reasons, if surgery is not necessary or warranted in your case, then Botox is a great option.
Botox is a neurotoxin derived from Botulinum toxin type A that temporarily reduces muscle activity. This results in the lip relaxing slightly to cover the excess gum show. It looks exceptionally natural and requires only a small amount of Botox. The injections also come with little pain and are performed in under ten minutes.
Your injector may offer numbing cream, but because Botox injections use a tiny needle and are quick, it is not necessary. From there, the injections are generally made in the elevator muscles which conjoin near the base of the nose. This limits the amount that they pull on the upper lip and thus reduces a gummy smile.
Botox for a gummy smile offers patients both benefits and risks. In many cases, the benefits outweigh the risks, but it is important to provide your injector with a full medical history so they can evaluate your risk profile. First, let’s look at the benefits.
Next, the risks of gummy smile Botox are fairly minor. Complications following the procedure are rare. They are often also temporary. Though, it is important to know the possible adverse effects. The risks include:
As long as an appropriate amount of Botox is injected by a qualified injector like those at Northwest Face & Body, these risks are unlikely to occur. Side effects such as bruising, redness, and minor swelling may occur, but should subside on their own in two weeks or less.
The results of gummy smile Botox injections last roughly the same amount of time as other Botox procedures. You can expect results to last around three months and sometimes up to four months. This is because your mouth moves frequently and these movements slowly break down the Botox.
It should not. Only a small amount of Botox is used to treat a gummy smile. As long as it is injected correctly, the relaxation of the lip is only enough to cover the extra gum show. In rare cases, if too many units are injected or you see an unqualified provider, issues like interfering with daily activities or a crooked smile are more likely. Therefore, it is best to always see a qualified and experienced provider like those at Northwest Face & Body.
Most patients feel little pain or discomfort during Botox injections for a gummy smile. In fact, many forego numbing cream. Though, it is available if you are concerned about potential pain. You can feel reassured that Botox injections use a tiny needle and are quick, especially when injecting a small number of units like when treating a gummy smile.
In most cases, providers prefer to use Botox to treat a gummy smile. This is because it helps treat the root cause of the problem instead of masking it. Since a gummy smile relates to movement, the filler will often either create an unnatural looking result or not actually address the gummy smile.
However, after you have had gummy smile Botox injections and waited about two weeks, you may be able to undergo lip filler injections to plump the lips. It should be noted though that dermal fillers tend to last longer than Botox. Also, not all patients will be candidates for lip filler.
The exact cost of Botox for a gummy smile depends on your needs. While only a few units are used to treat a gummy smile, many patients choose to undergo other Botox treatments at the same time. The cost of Botox in Bellevue is as follows:
Northwest Face & Body does work with Allē Rewards. There is also outside financing available through Care Credit and United Medical Credit. Botox for gummy smile treatment is not usually covered by insurance.
Northwest Face & Body is a leading plastic surgery practice serving the Bellevue and Kirkland areas. Our qualified injectors treat hundreds of patients every month and specialize in neuromodulator injections, including more advanced treatments such as gummy smile treatment. Northwest Face & Body offers the best Botox for bunny lines Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
The injectors at Northwest Face & Body come from a diverse set of backgrounds. They range in credentials from registered nurses to aesthetic medicine physicians to surgeons. All have undergone thorough and rigorous training to become some of the best injectors in the Bellevue and Kirkland area.
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 the Price Simulator app.
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