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 Northwest Face & Body, our board-certified physicians perform CO2 laser resurfacing in Kirkland to reverse the signs of aging using light energy to rejuvenate and correct skin irregularities. The gold standard in skin rejuvenation is carbon dioxide (CO2) laser resurfacing, which has the best ability to tighten skin as well as prevent skin cancer and precancerous lesions.
As we age, collagen – the connective tissue that keeps your skin soft and supple – begins to break down. This process is accelerated by environmental factors such as sun exposure and pollution. If you’re motivated to improve the appearance of your skin, you may want to consider CO2 laser resurfacing at Northwest Face & Body.
After completing treatment, your own collagen will be stimulated to produce smoother and firmer skin, resulting in a more refreshed, younger appearance.
Performed under general anesthesia, the CO2 laser vaporizes the upper layers of damaged skin with precise and controlled penetration. While laser surgery was introduced more than 40 years ago, using it in combination with computer scanning technology is a recent advancement that achieves remarkable results.
Since a computer controls the CO2 laser beam, our qualified surgeons can perform complex micro-procedures with far greater accuracy than possible with mechanical instruments. Our physicians will deliver pulses of laser energy using a handheld device to the treated area. As the laser passes, it penetrates through the outer layer of skin, removing the damaged skin cells while stimulating healthy skin cell growth.
CO2 laser resurfacing surgery is safe. It has less post-operative pain than traditional surgery and often completed in less than one hour.
With any resurfacing, the first 24 hours is imperative for healing and any sterile surgical dressing should remain in place. Northwest Face & Body will provide you with topical ointments to enhance your healing. Within eight to ten days, you should be able to return to your normal daily activities. Your fresh, new skin will be reddish pink. This is a sign that your blood is nourishing the growth of new skin cells.
If you receive a moderate to deep resurfacing, the redness will fade and your skin should take on a slightly pink tone within four to 12 weeks. Your skin will gradually gain a more natural color over several months as collagen growth and rejuvenation continues. If you receive a light resurfacing, you can expect four to five days of recovery with redness disappearing within three to five weeks.
To further aid in your healing process, it is always important to adhere to your board-certified physician’s post-operative care instructions.
Contact our team at Northwest Face & Body to schedule your CO2 laser resurfacing Kirkland consultation today. Services areas include: Seattle, Kirkland, Bellevue, Redmond, Everett, Lynnwood, Kent, Renton, & Tacoma, Washington.