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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Every thirty days the skin undergoes a natural regeneration phase. When this happens, the upper layers of skin cells shed off. Routine, at-home exfoliation often removes much of this dead skin to prevent dry patches and clogged pores. Dead skin can build up, however, which can lead to many problems including acne and dry skin. This can also cause the skin to look dull. Professional exfoliation treatments can remove dead skin and resurface the skin for healthier, glowing skin. Dermaplaning is among one of the many esthetic services that can remove dead skin. The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body offer the best dermaplaning Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Dermaplaning is a physical exfoliation treatment that uses a surgical blade to remove dead skin and vellus hair. The treatment usually takes less than an hour and is an option for every skin type and tone.
Unlike chemical peels and other forms of exfoliation, dermaplaning does go beyond the surface of the skin. It simply removes the dead skin on the top layer of skin to free up pores. This can result in subsequent chemical peels or facials penetrating deeper.
Dermaplaning also removes vellus hair. Vellus hair, more commonly known as peach fuzz, can harbor acne causing bacteria and hinder makeup application. While dermaplaning does not permanently remove hair, it is often a pleasant outcome of the procedure.
A good at-home skincare routine will remove some of the dead skin naturally shed off every month. Inevitably, dead skin will work its way into the pores and some may stay on the skin. Long term this can result in patches of dry skin, acne, and an uneven skin tone. Our master estheticians recommend a deeper exfoliation treatment at least once a month to clear away this stubborn dead skin.
Dermaplaning uses a surgical scalpel to physically exfoliate the skin. Physical exfoliation uses an instrument or product to remove dead skin and impurities on the skin. In the case of dermaplaning, a master esthetician will gently run the blade across the top layer of skin. This gently removes dead skin and vellus hair. The treatment can then unclog pores and patients may see a healthy glow appear immediately.
Dermaplaning comes with many benefits. It is a simple, straightforward treatment with little risk. A few of the benefits and advantages of dermaplaning include:
Exfoliation treatments exist in two categories: physical and chemical. Some exfoliants may consist of both types. Dermaplaning belongs to the physical exfoliation categories, but examples of other physical exfoliants include brushes, sponges, sand, coffee grounds, and salt.
It is important when using scrubs with physical exfoliants not to scrub the skin too hard. This can damage the skin. Additionally, some substances used for physical exfoliation may have no skin benefits. Therefore, physical exfoliation is best performed by a master esthetician.
Chemical exfoliation uses acids or other chemicals to penetrate deep into the skin. This causes the outer layers of skin to shed and reveal brand new layers of skin beneath. Many cleansers contain light exfoliants to maintain skin quality. In professional skincare, a chemical peel encompasses the most popular chemical exfoliation treatment. A few examples of the chemicals used for exfoliating are salicylic acid, glycolic acid, fruit enzymes, and phenol.
A master esthetician can determine the best type of exfoliation for your skin and goals. A combination of both often yields ideal results. People with darker skin tones will have less risk of hyperpigmentation with physical exfoliation methods. Others may gravitate toward chemical peels because they penetrate deeper into the skin.
Dermaplaning can prepare the skin for chemical peels or facials which can exfoliate deeper for longer lasting results. No type of exfoliation is definitively better, though some skin may react better to one than the other.
Before Bellevue dermaplaning, you will attend a consultation with a master esthetician at Northwest Face & Body. At this appointment, your master esthetician will review your skin goals and medical history. They may also physically examine your skin. Considering these factors, your master esthetician will determine if you are a good candidate for dermaplaning. They will also craft a personalized plan based on your skincare goals.
Most people are good candidates for dermaplaning and your master esthetician may commence with the procedure the same day. If you have active acne or a rosacea breakout, you will need to wait until it resolves to undergo dermaplaning. However, if you have only one or two pimples, your master esthetician may be able to work around them.
To prepare for dermaplaning, your master esthetician will cleanse your face with alcohol. This removes oil and debris. For patients with oily skin, it is important to thoroughly cleanse the skin because oil can hinder the treatment’s effectiveness.
During dermaplaning in Bellevue, your master esthetician will gently glide the blade across the surface of your skin. There is little to no pain involved with this procedure because the blade does not remove existing, healthy skin. Patients lay back and remain comfortable during the procedure.
Nothing is applied to the skin during treatment making dermaplaning a chemical-free treatment. It also reduces risks for people at risk of hyperpigmentation from chemical peels or laser treatments. The procedure takes between a half hour and one hour to complete.
After Bellevue dermaplaning, patients can apply makeup and follow their usual skincare regimen. Since it does not remove the top layer of skin, you will not need to avoid normal activities. It is important to continue wearing sunscreen daily to protect your skin from sun damage and UV rays.
Occasionally, some patients with especially pale or sensitive skin may experience some minor redness. This is easily covered with makeup and will resolve within a couple of days. Dermaplaning rarely causes skin irritation or side effects.
One of the most well liked effects of dermaplaning is what is known as the “dermaplane glow”. Soon after (often immediately) following treatment, patients will see a natural, healthy glow. This glow typically lasts between one and three weeks. Frequent and consistent treatments can extend this glow.
Master estheticians typically recommend one dermaplaning treatment every four to six weeks. However, depending on your skin and goals, your master esthetician may recommend more or less frequent sessions. They may also advise alternating dermaplaning and other treatments for the best results. Generally, it is safe to undergo dermaplaning every four weeks.
Yes, unless a chemical peel or other treatment was performed in conjunction with Kirkland dermaplaning. It is safe to apply makeup and other skincare products after the procedure.
At Northwest Face & Body, only licensed master estheticians perform dermaplaning procedures. While it is possible to dermaplane at home, this is not recommended. This runs the risk of over exfoliation which can dry out and damage the skin. At-home dermaplaning also carries more risk of cutting or causing injury.
Our master estheticians have undergone extensive training in dermaplaning procedures. With a deep understanding of skin and facial anatomy, our master estheticians bridge together beautification and medical treatments.
Dermaplaning will remove peach fuzz and unwanted hairs on your face. This is not permanent hair removal. The hair will eventually grow back. With monthly dermaplaning treatments, the hair will likely remain more discreet.
If you want a more permanent hair removal solution, our master estheticians also offer laser hair removal. They can determine if dermaplaning or laser hair removal will best meet your goals.
A common myth that surrounds dermaplaning is that it will cause facial hair to grow back thicker. This is untrue. Hair will grow back at the same thickness as it was before. It also will not make hair darker.
Northwest Face & Body is a leading plastic surgery practice and medical spa in Kirkland. Located minutes away from Bellevue and surrounding areas, Northwest Face & Body has served the Eastside’s communities for over three decades. Offering the gold standard in esthetic services and skincare, our master estheticians can help you accomplish your skincare goals.
Our master estheticians provide the best dermaplaning Bellevue and Kirkland offers. With gentle, refined techniques, we aim to make dermaplaning a rewarding experience. To learn more about dermaplaning and to schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also connect with us online via our contact forms, Price Simulator™ app, or chat.
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