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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2023 is quickly approaching. With it will come an increase in breast augmentation surgeries and cosmetic procedures in general. Throughout the pandemic, the interest in plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures increased because people became more aware of their appearance due to more virtual correspondence.
However, since 2006, breast augmentation has grown steadily each year. In fact, it is always one of the most popular plastic surgeries performed globally each year. This is not slated to slow down. The breast augmentation market grows an average of 6% each year. Though, this is expected to rise in 2023 and the coming years. The global breast implant market is expected to grow by over 7% in the next five years.
Women throughout history have desired larger breasts. Various methods–both surgical and non-surgical–were performed to enhance the breasts. One of the more medically based procedures was injecting paraffin into the breasts. This is extremely dangerous and was quickly abandoned. Doctors then became experimenting with other materials such as sponges, wood, and even glass.
After World War II, industrial grade silicone became more popular. This eventually led to the creation of the silicone breast implant in the 1960s. (Today’s breast implants are thankfully medical grade which makes them even safer).
The first legitimate breast augmentation surgery was performed in Houston, Texas in 1962. A woman was given a modest increase in size from a B cup to a C cup. Following this, breast augmentation started to become more popular, especially among celebrities. Both silicone and saline breast implants were used until 1992 when concerns about the safety of breast implants came to the forefront. At this time, the saline breast implants market dominated and this contributes to the continued use of saline implants.
Early silicone breast implants did come with risks such as leakage and rupture. They were not as durable or strong as modern implants which posed risk to patients. However, after 14 years of studying and refining silicone breast implants, they were reapproved in North America in 2006.
Modern breast implants come with the lowest risk of complications of all previous implant choices. Known as gummy bear breast implants, they contain a more cohesive and firmer silicone gel which is more likely to hold together and stick to itself in the rare event of a rupture. This reduces the risk of silicone leakage and adverse effects. Many believe they also look and feel the most natural.
Beyond these safer and more modern breast implant options, breast augmentation is growing in popularity due to many factors including low weight breast implants that come with less risk of causing or worsening breast sagging. More patients are also undergoing surgery for breast cancer treatment or prevention. This has increased the rate of reconstructive breast augmentation surgeries.
Surgical innovation has also contributed to the growing number of breast augmentations. New techniques such as the transaxillary and transumbilical methods keep scars away from the breast which is an attractive option for many patients. The transaxillary method can sometimes even reduce post-operative pain and shorten recovery time.
In general, the availability of financing options, more disposable income, and some insurance plans covering reconstruction has allowed more people to access plastic surgery procedures such as breast augmentation.
The exact cost of breast augmentation will depend on several factors. First, the type of breast implant you choose is the main determiner of breast augmentation price in 2023. Saline implants at Northwest Face & Body start at $4,995 and silicone breast implants start at $6,495. Breast implant size does not impact the price.
Occasionally, the technique may impact price. While most techniques are included in the starting price, if you also are having a breast lift or specialized technique, this may increase the cost. A consultation is the ideal way to get personalized and final pricing for a breast augmentation surgery in 2023.
Northwest Face & Body is a leading plastic surgery practice in Kirkland, Washington. Nestled on the shores of Lake Washington, Northwest Face & Body has served the Pacific Northwest for over thirty years. Providing a high level of care from start to finish, Northwest Face & Body is your destination for breast augmentation in 2023.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is an accomplished plastic surgeon who performs facial, breast, and body plastic surgery. He has performed countless breast augmentation surgeries and uses Vectra 3D imaging to help patients choose the perfect breast implants for their bodies and goals.