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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Temporomandibular joint disorders affect millions of people in the United States. While mild cases of TMJ—as it is often called—often do not require major treatment, more severe cases can make it difficult to eat and live daily life. The spectrum of treatment often matches the condition itself. Thus, for patients who have not responded well to conservative treatments, the next step may be injectable treatments or similarly minimally invasive options. Northwest Face & Body provides the best Botox for TMJ Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Botulinum toxin—more commonly known as Botox—is a neurotoxin protein derived from the naturally occurring Botulinum toxin. When injected into the facial muscles, it temporarily relaxes them and limits their movements. It is used widely in the cosmetic and medical fields to address a variety of conditions including wrinkles, sweating, muscle spasm disorders, and migraines.
The injections themselves are most commonly used in cosmetic applications such as preventing wrinkles by ceasing the formation of dynamic, movement-based wrinkles. Though, the injectors at Northwest Face & Body do perform Botox injections for some medical conditions including TMJ disorders.
Dysfunction of the temporomandibular joint can have several different causes. Often, it is not possible to identify the exact cause for a particular patient. However, most TMJ sufferers will find relief when jaw movement is limited. Initial recommendations include eating a soft diet and stopping habits like gum chewing. Even with these changes, not all patients will find relief, and some people may not be able to make these changes realistically.
Botox helps reduce the movement of your jaw, but should not limit your ability to eat and speak normally. This is especially helpful if you experience bruxism, or teeth grinding. Often, this is done involuntarily at night, and so, Botox can reduce or even eliminate the grinding which can worsen TMJ pain.
Otherwise, it helps limit the movement of the joint which can help with the pain and locking associated with TMJ disorders. Botox will not necessarily eliminate all symptoms, but it may make flare-ups less frequent and provide a significant reduction in symptoms.
Like with medically-based treatments, Botox injections for TMJ come with both risks and benefits to consider. For many with severe TMJ symptoms, the benefits largely outweigh the risks. However, you should discuss your medical history and the risks with your injector. Starting with the benefits of the procedure, they may include:
The risks of Botox for TMJ are minimal overall but may pose larger risks to certain groups of patients than others. The risks of TMJ Botox may include:
Most of the associated risks are either rare, treatable, or preventable. An experienced injector knows where to inject so you do not get a lopsided smile. Otherwise, side effects and infections are easily treated. The other possible complications are much rarer.
Botox and Dysport are both forms of Botulinum toxin A used to treat cosmetic and medical conditions. While they are derived from the same place, they feature slightly different formulations and patients may react slightly differently to each product. Our injectors are familiar with and use both Botox and Dysport for TMJ treatment. The table below describes some of the differences between the products and how they may present varying results when relieving TMJ symptoms.
The actual treatments themselves will seem nearly identical. Your injector uses a tiny needle to inject the neurotoxin into the muscles that contribute most to TMJ—the masseter and temporal muscles. They also come with similar aftercare and recovery instructions.
Yes, Botox is considered safe for off-label injection into the jaw to treat TMJ disorders. While it will not be the right treatment for everyone, it is largely considered low risk for treating moderate to severe TMJ pain and disorders. When compared to other more aggressive treatments such as surgery, Botox is the lowest risk and is more likely to be effective. Of course, it is not a permanent solution, but is a good first step when exploring more treatments for TMJ.
Side effects may occur after jaw Botox injections to treat TMJ. Many of the side effects are typical of any Botox injection, while others are related to the treatment itself. Some of the possible side effects include:
Most side effects should subside within a week or two, if not sooner. It is normal to have a bit of localized swelling and redness immediately after the injections which should go away within an hour or so. Severe side effects can occur. If they do, patients can use ice to address swelling and discomfort.
Botox begins working immediately upon injection. However, to adequately treat the muscles, it must settle and spread within them. This can take up to two weeks, though many patients see the effects of Botox in one week. Some patients report symptoms alleviating within a few hours, but this is likely because the side effects are often less painful than the TMJ.
The number of Botox units will depend on the specific muscles your injector needs to treat. This can vary between patients. Some may only experience TMJ symptoms on one side of the face. Some may also experience more pain in one area than another. TMJ is also often comorbid with chronic migraines which can also be treated with Botox injections.
On average, somewhere between 70 and 170 units of Botox to treat TMJ. Your injector can discuss how much Botox may be necessary to treat your TMJ symptoms. More or fewer units can still make an impact on certain patients.
Yes, since the causes of TMJ are not well known, there are several different treatments meant to treat both the pain and potential causes. Botox is usually not the first recommended treatment because TMJ is not chronic for everyone and some may experience only minor symptoms.
Alternative treatments for TMJ include:
It is extremely uncommon for a TMJ patient to undergo surgery. Only in cases of jaw injury or prolonged, major pain is surgery considered. Botox is usually the first treatment following the trialing of home remedies or conservative treatments.
Botox treatment starts at $219 for 20 units and $299 for 30 units. The exact cost will depend on the number of units you need and the number of treatment areas. We do work with Brilliant Distinctions and Allē rewards. Additionally, there are outside financing options available through Care Credit and United Medical Credit. Unfortunately, insurance usually does not cover Botox for TMJ. Visit our price list and Price Simulator for more pricing information.
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 medical applications, Northwest Face & Body offers the best Botox for TMJ Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
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.