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.
BOTOX–the well known cosmetic injectable that can prevent and treat wrinkles–comes with many medical applications. First tested in patients with muscular and eye disorders, BOTOX also holds a few FDA approvals for the treatment and prevention of certain conditions. For example, BOTOX can prevent and reduce the frequency of chronic migraines. Another condition that BOTOX can improve is hyperhidrosis, also known as chronic sweating. Northwest Face & Body provides the best BOTOX for hyperhidrosis Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Hyperhidrosis is the medical term for chronic sweating. Sweating classed as hyperhidrosis is not usually related to body temperature or exercise–the most common causes of sweating. Hyperhidrosis will often be excessive, not respond to typical antiperspirants, and likely will interfere with daily activities.
The condition can become frustrating and uncomfortable. With various possible causes, the treatment can be incredibly hard to treat. Luckily, BOTOX has emerged as one of the most effective treatment options for hyperhidrosis. The FDA also approved BOTOX for hyperhidrosis treatment in 2004.
Hyperhidrosis comes in two different types: primary focal hyperhidrosis and secondary generalized hyperhidrosis. Hyperhidrosis can run in families and is occasionally a side effect of certain medications.
Hyperhidrosis may seem straightforward and like the only symptom of the condition is sweating. While excessive sweating is the main symptom of hyperhidrosis, sweating can cause many other uncomfortable side effects. Suffering from the condition can also cause many hindrances in life which can contribute to other health problems. A few symptoms and side effects of hyperhidrosis may include:
There are many treatment and prevention methods that your doctor may recommend for hyperhidrosis. Firstly, your doctor will determine which type of hyperhidrosis you suffer from. If they determine that you may have secondary hyperhidrosis, they will work to discover the cause of excessive sweating.
In most cases, doctors will start with more conservative treatment methods such as prescription strength antiperspirants and medications. Your doctor may also recommend wearing armpit shields, certain fabrics, or switching to spray antiperspirants. When these do not provide enough relief, other medical treatments may be necessary.
Along with BOTOX treatment, iontophoresis–a mild form of electrical therapy–can also treat hyperhidrosis. In extreme cases, patients may undergo surgery. This is exceedingly rare. It is likely that if you undergo BOTOX for hyperhidrosis or another similar treatment, that you will continue using other forms of prevention.
BOTOX is a neuromodulator that uses a toxin derived from Botulinum toxin A. The toxin temporarily paralyzes select muscle movements and nerve functions. When prepared and diluted like in BOTOX injections, the toxin is perfectly safe to use for various cosmetic and medical conditions.
BOTOX treats hyperhidrosis by temporarily inhibiting the nerves that trigger the sweat glands. Like when treating wrinkles, BOTOX paralyzes full nerve function. This prevents nerve signals that tell your body to sweat. This can reduce or cease episodes of excessive sweating. Most commonly used to treat primary focal hyperhidrosis, the BOTOX is administered in the specific area you experience sweating.
Hyperhidrosis can occur at various points across the body. It most frequently appears on bilateral body parts. For example, hyperhidrosis may appear on both hands. BOTOX for hyperhidrosis can treat various areas including:
Doctors have found that BOTOX is an effective treatment for primary focal hyperhidrosis. Like with regular BOTOX injections, you will need to continue treatments every few months. Every patient will need to refresh their Bellevue BOTOX for hyperhidrosis at different intervals. In general, you can expect to undergo injections about every six months.
For the treatment of secondary generalized hyperhidrosis, BOTOX is not usually recommended. While it may help in some cases, it is usually best to treat the underlying cause before seeking out BOTOX. Additionally, since secondary generalized hyperhidrosis can occur over a larger portion of the body, BOTOX injections may not be feasible.
Overall, BOTOX injections are effective for the treatment of hyperhidrosis. The plastic surgeons at Northwest Face & Body can determine if you are a good candidate for Bellevue hyperhidrosis treatment with BOTOX.
At a consultation with a plastic surgeon at Northwest Face & Body, they will evaluate your hyperhidrosis and medical history. They may also ask about aspects of your lifestyle, medications you take, and any other ways you are treating the condition. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon may examine the area to determine if you are a candidate for BOTOX in the affected area.
Finally, your plastic surgeon will describe the specifics of the injections and what you can expect following treatment. Depending on the day and schedule, it may be possible to perform the injections during the same appointment. If you want, you can usually receive cosmetic BOTOX at the same time as your hyperhidrosis treatment.
BOTOX injections usually treat hyperhidrosis in the armpits. In this case, you will lay back with your arms up. You do not need to shave before the injections, though you can if you want. Since treating a particularly sensitive area and you are receiving continued injections, your plastic surgeon will likely apply a topical anesthetic.
Your plastic surgeon will then commence with injections. The exact amount of BOTOX will vary based on the severity of your hyperhidrosis. However, the average dosage is about fifty units of BOTOX in each armpit. Your plastic surgeon will then inject the BOTOX across many injection sites in the armpit.
The injections will take approximately twenty to thirty minutes. You will remain comfortable during the treatment. Before the end of the procedure, your plastic surgeon will explain any necessary aftercare.
Patients can return to their daily activities immediately following their BOTOX for hyperhidrosis injections. You should avoid exercise or anything that may cause natural sweating for the next day or so. Your plastic surgeon may also recommend that you avoid any deodorants or products that may irritate the area.
There is no reason to cease other hyperhidrosis treatments or prevention techniques. These can continue to prevent and treat excessive sweating in conjunction with the BOTOX injections. Your plastic surgeon can discuss if you must make any alterations to your routine before your injections.
It will take anywhere from a few days to two weeks before the BOTOX fully kicks in. Once it takes full effect, you should see sweating episodes and overall sweating in the area reduce or completely stop. This will last for a few months and on average lasts six months.
Hyperhidrosis is a frustrating condition and BOTOX can offer an effective solution. This can improve quality of life, alleviate uncomfortable side effects, and cease sweating. Northwest Face & Body provides the gold standard of BOTOX for hyperhidrosis treatment. Our plastic surgeons and injectors have years of experiencing administering BOTOX for several cosmetic and medical purposes.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice in Kirkland, WA. Offering the top plastic surgery and non-surgical procedures, our plastic surgeons are the best in Bellevue for hyperhidrosis treatment.