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The face is the core of our identity. It is important for how we see ourselves and how others see us. Millions of dollars are spent every year trying to beautify and improve the look of the face and skin. Makeup and skincare allow people to enhance the look of their faces at home. Unfortunately, these products cannot address every concern people have with their faces. Makeup also can only enhance so much and wears off throughout the day. For people who want bigger lips, to fill in wrinkles, or get rid of hollows under the eyes, dermal fillers can present a solution. Along with gold standard plastic surgery, Northwest Face & Body offers the best dermal fillers Bellevue and Kirkland provide.

What Are Dermal Fillers?

Dermal fillers are injectables that add volume to specific treatment areas. Typically, consisting of a gel, fillers are one of the most popular cosmetic procedures with millions of injections in the US alone each year.

Fillers have many uses including the treat the signs of aging, restoring lost volume, plumping, and treating acne scars. They are a temporary solution. On average, Bellevue dermal fillers last between three months and two years. Cosmetic filler injections are also performed on a diverse range of patients including adults of all ages and genders.

What Can They Do?

Dermal fillers can achieve many different looks and goals. Patients use fillers to disguise and treat aging as well as to plump facial structures. Some of the most popular procedures include:

Benefits

Dermal fillers offer patients may unique benefits. Each treatment also yields unique benefits and advantages. Among some of the general benefits of filler in Bellevue include:

Fillers vs. Neurotoxins

One of the questions our injectors hear most frequently about injectables is: what is the difference between neurotoxins and fillers? Understandably, patients may get confused between these two treatments as they are performed in similar ways and can treat wrinkles.

Neuromodulators and fillers consist of different materials.  made of Botulinum toxin A which temporarily paralyzes the muscles. This does not add volume.a preventswrinkles by relaxing the muscle movements causing them. Conversely, fillers have a few different compositions.

The most popular fillers are made of hyaluronic acid. They add volume to the treatment area. It is possible to use neuromodulators and fillers together to address different types of wrinkles like in a liquid facelift.

Types Of Dermal Fillers

As previously mentioned, dermal fillers come in a few different forms. Usually, the ingredients of fillers contribute to how long they last and the areas they are designed to treat. The most widely used fillers are made of hyaluronic acid because it is found naturally in the body and is reversible with a quick, simple injection. This makes fillers one of the safest and low risk cosmetic procedures.

Other fillers do last longer and contain other ingredients. The best example is Sculptra which lasts around two years and is made of poly-l-lactic acid. Not as easily reversible as hyaluronic acid fillers, Sculptra does last longer and may be preferable for treating overall facial thinning. Based on your goals, your injector can recommend the right filler for you.

Hyaluronic Acid:

Hyaluronic acid fillers are made of hyaluronic acid and account for the majority of filler injections performed. Restylane and Juvederm are hyaluronic acid fillers. They tend to last anywhere from three months to two years based on the specific filler and how your body responds. Examples of hyaluronic acid fillers and what they are used for include:

Restylane

Juvederm

Hyaluronic acid fillers are reversible with injections of hyaluronidase. This means that the procedure holds little safety risk. It also allows patients who decide filler is not for them to dissolve it right away. If you are a first time filler patient, hyaluronic acid treatments are likely the place to start.

Sculptra:

Sculptra is a dermal filler made of poly-l-lactic acid. Unlike hyaluronic acid, it is not easy to reverse and lasts years. It was first developed to treat facial thinning caused by HIV and other autoimmune diseases. It fills out the face and is especially suited to treat the midface.

The one notable difference between Sculptra and other dermal fillers is that it actively promotes collagen production. With continued treatment, it is possible to see the collagen in the area increase and naturally fill it out. All fillers will cause some collagen production due to the injection, although Sculptra works under the skin to increase the volume using your body’s processes.

It is not suitable for use under the eyes or in the lips. Sculptra is sometimes used in the buttocks as a non-surgical Brazilian butt lift. This is usually in patients too thin for a traditional BBL, or those who cannot undergo the traditional surgery.

Radiesse:

Radiesse, like Sculptra, is another semi-permanent option that induces collagen production. Consisting of calcium hydroxylapatite, Radiesse mimics the look and feel of bone making it a firm filler for the face. It is primarily used in the lower face to address wrinkles and hollowed areas of the face.

Like Sculptra, it is not used in the lips or lower face. It is effective in treating aging and a hollow, gaunt face. It also is not reversible and lasts around a year and a half to two years on average.

Bellafill:

Bellafill is made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres in a collagen gel. When injected, this promotes long term collagen production. Bellafill is used to address smile lines and acne scars. It can last up to five years.

Since it treats lines and acne scars, Bellafill sees a diverse set of patients. From younger patients wanting to eliminate deep acne scarring to patients wanting to fill in their smile lines, Bellafill offers a long term solution. Bellafill is not easily reversible.

Frequently Asked Questions

How Long Do Dermal Fillers Last?

The amount of time you can enjoy your fillers depends on the type of filler you get and biological factors. For example, thicker fillers such as Juvederm Voluma tend to last longer and can last over one year. Fillers not hyaluronic acid based also can last two years or more under ideal circumstances.

Your anatomy and physiology also account for how long your fillers last. In areas where there is a lot of muscle movement, such as the lips, the filler may not last as long. Additionally, if you have a high metabolism, this can break down the fillers quicker. This includes if you work out more than average. Ultimately, the best way to promote the longest lasting results is to eat a healthy diet and exercise regularly.

Are Dermal Fillers Reversible?

Most of the time, yes. Hyaluronic acid fillers are easily reversed with hyaluronidase injections. Other types of filler such as Sculptra have methods that can promote quicker absorption. When considering a non-reversible filler, it is important to find an experienced injector like those at Northwest Face & Body.

Is The Needle Or Cannula Technique Better?

Injectors use two main methods for injecting filler. The first method is to use a traditional needle to inject the filler. The needle technique does come with more risks in inexperienced hands, it is still a perfectly safe and effective method for filler injections. It also offers your injector a strategic way for the most precise filler injections.

Cannula injections use a thin tube to inject the filler. This method is often preferred for areas like the tear troughs. The cannula does reduce the risk of damaging a blood vessel and some of the rare risks of filler injections. With a blunt tip, using a cannula can also reduce bruising and swelling.

An experienced injector can use either a needle and cannula. They may recommend one method over another based on the injection area and the results you want.

Can I Help Fillers Last Longer?

For the most part, the amount of time that your filler lasts is out of your control. The type of filler you have, your metabolism, and other factors all contribute to how long your filler will last. The best ways you can promote the longevity of your filler are:

Is It Painful?

Filler injections are not overly painful, though they can involve a level of discomfort. To keep the amount of pain and discomfort our patients feel, we do offer topical anesthetics. Many fillers, like Restylane, include lidocaine as an ingredient to ease pain during treatment.

Most patients remain perfectly comfortable during Kirkland filler injections. For particularly sensitive areas like the lips, your injector may recommend the use of a topical anesthetic, especially if it is your first treatment.

Who Does Dermal Filler Injections?

At Northwest Face & Body, our plastic surgeons and physician trained injectors perform filler injections. Our injectors perform the majority of our filler procedures. They all have years of experience in cosmetic injections. Fillers often come at a discounted price with our nurses and they usually have an earlier availability.

Dr. Ludwig Allegra also injects and has decades of experience providing the best filler in Bellevue and Kirkland. All of our providers have trained with top manufacturers and continually refine their techniques.

The Best Dermal Filler Injections Bellevue And Kirkland Offer At Northwest Face & Body

Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice located in Kirkland, WA. Only minutes away from major hubs on the Eastside, Northwest Face & Body performs the best filler Bellevue and Kirkland offers. With a team of highly skilled injectors with an artistic flair for aesthetics, Northwest Face & Body provides a safe and welcoming environment for your cosmetic injections.

Our injectors will create a customized treatment plan for your injectables treatment. To learn more about dermal fillers or to schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also contact us online via our Price Simulator™ app, contact form, or chat.

Dermal Filler Injections In Bellevue and Kirkland

Watch a Bellevue plastic surgeon perform dermal filler injections at Northwest Face & Body.