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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Along with the face, the neck is one of the first body areas to show age. The skin of the neck is also notoriously thin and this can cause wrinkling and the muscles to become more prominent underneath the skin. This happens due to the loss of collagen, environmental damage, fat loss, increased skin laxity, and thinning skin. While eventually the neck can be addressed with a neck lift surgery, this is not always necessary when platysmal banding is the only concern. Botox injections are one of the first treatments used to treat an aging neck. Northwest Face & Body provides the best Botox for platysmal bands Bellevue and Kirkland offer.
The platysma muscle consists of two bands that run vertically down the neck on each side. With a youthful neck, the platysma muscle is tight and not visible. However, as the skin ages, the two vertical bands of the platysma muscle can become visible, particularly when talking and making normal facial movements. This is a dead giveaway of age in someone who may otherwise look fairly young.
Botox is often considered the best treatment for platysmal bands because it causes the neck muscles to relax, especially during movements where the bands became most prominent. This can help restore a more youthful looking neck and can even weaken the muscles to prevent the worsening of the banding and may even improve it over time with consistent treatment.
Neck Botox has other uses outside of treating platysmal bands, though most are medical treatments rather than purely cosmetic ones. Some of the other uses for Botox injections in the neck include:
At Northwest Face & Body, we offer cosmetic Botox injections as well as injections for hyperhidrosis and chronic migraines. Other Botox treatments we may offer on a case-by-case basis.
Like with all Botox treatments, Botox for platysmal bands comes with benefits and risks. For the most part, the benefits outweigh the risks. However, patients need to be fully informed of both to safely proceed with treatment. Some of the benefits include:
The risks of Botox, in general, are minimal. However, when performed incorrectly, on an unideal patient, or in rare instances, Botox can cause complications. The possible risks include:
Overall, the risk of Botox injections into the platysmal bands is minimal and most patients tolerate the treatment well. Your injector will review your medical history, lifestyle, and anatomy to determine if you are a good candidate with little associated risk.
The first step to treating neck bands is to schedule a consultation with an injector at Northwest Face & Body. At this appointment, they will first want to know what you to achieve. They may also inquire about your medical history and lifestyle. Finally, they will also examine the platysmal bands themselves and the surrounding skin to ensure Botox is the right treatment to achieve your goals. If it is, they will proceed to describe the procedure and expected results. In some cases, they may continue with the injections on the same day.
If Botox is not ideal for treating the neck area, they will likely provide alternative treatments that will help you see the results you want. A few examples of other procedures that can enhance the neck area include RF microneedling, chemical peels, and laser treatments.
The Botox injections themselves take around ten to fifteen minutes to complete. Your injector will ask you to say the letter E or similar to flex the platysma muscle. This will help them precisely place the Botox. With injection points roughly two centimeters apart, your injector will administer a small amount of Botox down each band.
Botox injections use a small needle and generally are not overly painful. However, your injector may apply numbing cream to the treatment area before beginning the procedure. They may also make use of a vibration device that distracts the brain from the feeling of the injections.
Botox for platysmal bands has little aftercare or effect on your everyday life. However, you may need to make some adjustments for one to two days. A few examples of recommended aftercare instructions your injector gives may include:
Patients can return to work immediately after treatment, but injectors usually recommend taking it easy for the rest of the day. If you have a physical job, you may consider getting Botox on a Friday, so that you will be able to return to full strenuous activity. Though, basic everyday activities like shopping, walking, and housework generally are not a problem following Botox for platysmal bands treatment.
Around 25 to 30 units of Botox are used to treat the platysmal bands. This comes to about two units per injection site. While this may not seem like a lot, it is enough to relax the platysmal bands enough to smooth the contour of the neck. It is also important to note that you do not want to totally freeze the movement since the platysma muscle serves several important functions.
Sometimes patients will start with a small amount of Botox to trial the results. After two weeks, they can come in for a touch-up appointment to evaluate the results and inject more if necessary. For those new to Botox, this is a great way to have peace of mind about the treatment.
Anyone who experiences severe neck banding during everyday actions is likely a good candidate. It is normal to see mild banding, even in young people, when making certain expressions or sounds. Also, the platysma muscle in patients who are candidates for Botox treatment is often still fairly taut and strong. If the muscle is relaxed or if there are large amounts of extra, sagging skin on the neck, the patient may be a better candidate for a platysmaplasty or neck lift.
Otherwise, good candidates will be in generally good health. Ideally, Botox patients do not smoke and they have realistic expectations. Based on your specifics, our injectors will then craft a personalized treatment plan.
Yes, several treatment options can help treat and prevent neck aging. Depending on what you want to treat, possible other procedures include:
During your consultation, your injector will evaluate whether one of these procedures may better suit your needs. They may also recommend additional procedures to help prevent and treat another sign of aging that Botox may not address.
The cost of Botox for platysmal bands in Bellevue will depend on the number of units required for treatment and the provider you choose. Botox pricing starts at $199 for 20 units with a nurse injector. You can find more information about our Bellevue Botox pricing on our price list.
We do work with Allē Rewards and outside financing companies including Care Credit. You can find more about financing on the financing tab of the price list. If you are interested in multiple procedures, Price Simulator can help you add up the costs for a tentative price quote.
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 and treatments. With the knowledge and experience necessary to inject Botox for ideal cosmetic outcomes Northwest Face & Body offers the best Botox for platysmal bands Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
The injectors at Northwest Face & Body come from a diverse set of backgrounds. From Registered Nurses to plastic surgeons, our injectors underwent rigorous training to become cosmetic injectors. Our injectors also include aesthetic medicine physicians who are doctors that use their medical knowledge to offer high quality Botox and dermal filler injections.