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.
At some point in our lives, nearly everyone will experience a migraine. However, for some patients, migraines are not an occasional event. A condition called chronic migraines makes migraines a weekly and sometimes daily occurrence. This can interfere with work and everyday life. While sometimes chronic migraines have definitive causes that doctors can treat to provide relief, not all instances of chronic migraines have an easy to treat cause. Looking for relief, many patients will try many solutions for their migraines. One possible treatment comes in the form of BOTOX injections. At Northwest Face & Body, our plastic surgeons offer the best BOTOX for migraines Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
BOTOX injections are mostly associated with cosmetic procedures to lessen the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Neuromodulator injections relax the muscles to stop the muscle movements that form these fine lines and wrinkles.
BOTOX works because it is a form of botulinum toxin A. This toxin–when used in small amounts like BOTOX injections–can temporarily paralyze certain movements to prevent and improve the look of crow’s feet, frown lines, and forehead lines. While BOTOX will restrict some movement, patients are still able to show a full range of emotion and move their muscles normally.
Cosmetic applications–while arguably the most popular use of BOTOX–is not the only way patients can benefit from neuromodulator injections. The history of BOTOX shows a long history of BOTOX preventing and treating medical conditions and disorders. BOTOX is one of the most effective preventative treatments for chronic migraines.
The discovery and isolation of toxin first occurred in the 1920s. Research into the possible medical uses of the toxin did not begin until the 1970s when doctors began testing it in patients with strabismus. BOTOX then was FDA approved for the treatment of strabismus and blepharospasm in 1989.
Further research into the uses of BOTOX led to patients noting that their wrinkles were smoother after treatment. While this is not what the doctors were studying, it revealed some of the cosmetic benefits of BOTOX injections.
A husband-and-wife team consisting of a dermatologist and ophthalmologist continued to study the medical and cosmetic uses of BOTOX. This eventually led to another FDA approval for the treatment of glabellar lines in 2002. Subsequently, this FDA approval led to BOTOX becoming the mainstay of non-surgical cosmetic procedures. Considered the gold standard for wrinkle treatment, BOTOX remains one of the most popular cosmetic procedures today.
Plastic surgeons and injectors use BOTOX in many areas around the face. The most common and frequently performed procedures take place in the upper third of the face. The frontalis and procerus muscles receive the most injections to address forehead and glabellar lines.
When it comes to migraine headache treatment, your plastic surgeon will strategically inject the BOTOX into the muscles causing pain. This may include the frontalis and procerus muscles in the forehead. However, your injector may also inject in the temporalis muscles on the side of the head and various muscles in the back of the head and neck.
Your plastic surgeon will likely not inject at every possible site. Injection sites will range from patient to patient depending on where they get their migraines. Your plastic surgeon can discuss this during a consultation at Northwest Face & Body.
For chronic migraine sufferers, the relief from migraines is often the most fulfilling benefit of BOTOX. They may still experience migraines, but typically they are less frequent and possibly less intense. This reduction in migraine headaches and symptoms can vastly improve a patient’s quality of life.
Treating chronic migraines can involve trying various treatment options. This can become especially frustrating when nothing seems to work. BOTOX for migraines often becomes a way to prevent migraines and reduce their frequency. BOTOX can also aid other treatments.
At Northwest Face & Body, you do not need a referral from your doctor to try BOTOX for migraines injections. Our plastic surgeons can administer the injections after meeting with you for a consultation to determine you are a candidate for the procedure.
Before undergoing BOTOX for migraines treatment, you will meet with one of our plastic surgeons during a consultation. At this appointment, your plastic surgeon will review your medical history, treatments you have tried and are currently on, and the frequency of your migraines. They may also physically examine the area and ask about other aspects of your health and lifestyle to ensure you are a good candidate for BOTOX.
If you are a good candidate, your plastic surgeon will discuss the specifics of the procedure with you, such as the injection sites and what to expect. Occasionally, they may perform the injections the same day.
At Northwest Face & Body, only our physicians perform BOTOX injections for migraine treatment. However, our nurse and physicians assistant injectors frequently perform cosmetic BOTOX injections. On the day of your treatment, you will meet with one of our plastic surgeons.
There are several possible injection sites for your injections. Like with cosmetic BOTOX, your plastic surgeon may inject into the frontalis, procerus, and corrugator muscles. Moving to the side of the head, there are more injection sites along the temporalis muscle. Finally, reaching the back of the head, your plastic surgeon may inject at various sites in the occipitalis, cervical paraspinal group, and trapezius muscles.
In all, this comes out to 31 possible injection sites when treating migraines with BOTOX. That said, your plastic surgeon may not inject every site and will cater your treatment to your needs.
BOTOX for migraines injections will take longer to perform than traditional BOTOX. You can expect the entire round of injections to take anywhere from fifteen minutes to forty five minutes. They may also apply a topical anesthetic before the injections to keep you comfortable.
After your injections, you are free to return to normal activities. Your plastic surgeon may request that you take it easy from intense exercise for a day or so, but otherwise, you can continue about your day.
The BOTOX will take roughly two weeks to kick in. While it cannot prevent all migraines, with regular treatment, you may see a reduction in the number of headaches you experience every month. It may take a few rounds of injections to see full results.
The classification of “chronic migraines” denotes when you experience migraines 15 or more days per month for three months. At this point, your migraines likely majorly interfere with your life, work, and activities. Regarding the frequency of migraines, there are four classifications:
Usually, BOTOX is only used to prevent chronic migraines. Other types of migraines may find better treatment elsewhere or may transition to chronic migraines. Additionally, BOTOX only prevents chronic migraines, not other migraine frequencies.
A popular result of BOTOX for migraines is that patients may also experience some of the cosmetic benefits of the injections. Especially when injecting in the forehead, patients may see wrinkles in the area smooth. If you are also interested in cosmetic BOTOX, your surgeon can likely inject this along with your migraine prevention.
Yes! This is often recommended. If you suffer from chronic migraines, you will likely find the best results when combining preventative BOTOX injections with other prevention measures and treatments. For example, it is common for patients to take certain prescription medications to prevent or treat health conditions that may contribute to migraine headaches. Some patients may also use treatment methods for when a headache occurs.
BOTOX, whether for migraines or wrinkles, lasts on average about three to four months. This means you will need to refresh your injections a few times a year. Certain patients may see the effects of BOTOX for migraines treatment last longer than a few months. This is highly individual and dependent on many biological and environmental factors such as your metabolism, exercise habits, and medications you take.
Certain insurance plans may cover BOTOX injections for the prevention of migraine headaches. At Northwest Face & Body, we do not accept insurance for BOTOX for migraine treatments.
At Northwest Face & Body, we also work with various cosmetic injection rewards programs you may use to save money on regular BOTOX for migraines sessions. Additionally, we also accept Care Credit and other outside financing options.
Chronic migraines can be debilitating and difficult to treat. Often, the best solution is to combine many preventative measures and treatments to find relief from the condition. BOTOX for migraines offers an effective and FDA approved option for preventing migraines. Northwest Face & Body provides the best BOTOX for migraines in Bellevue and Kirkland.
The plastic surgeons at Northwest Face & Body have decades of experience in BOTOX injections for cosmetic and medical procedures. Along with migraines, our physicians also have experience treating hyperhidrosis with BOTOX. They will take the time to understand your unique case of chronic migraines to craft the ideal treatment plan for you.
The above graphic shows the possible injection sites for your BOTOX for migraines injections. Your plastic surgeon may or may not inject at all of these sites based on your customized treatment plan.