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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Put in the simplest terms possible, hair transplant surgery takes hair from donor areas and transplants it into areas of lost or thinning hair. Usually, the donor hair comes from the back and lower sides of the head. This is because these hairs tend to be resistant to DHT.
Dihydrotestosterone, or DHT, is a hormone made from testosterone that is present in both men and women. Though, it is present in higher levels in men, accounting for why more men suffer from baldness and genetic hair loss. This hormone is largely responsible for male and female pattern baldness. In most men, the hair along the back and sides of the head is mostly resistant to this hormone. This makes these hairs the ideal candidates for transplantation into the areas of loss.
There are two types of hair transplant surgeries. The first is known as follicular unit transplantation (FUT) and the second is follicular unit extraction (FUE). Both procedures typically offer good results and are options for people experiencing hair loss.
In general, many plastic surgeons and patients largely prefer the non-invasive methods of FUE over FUT. Historically, FUT was the only successful, surgical option for hair restoration. Modern technology has changed that and brought a new and improved hair restoration method known as FUE.
The FUE method harvest donor units one at a time, using an automated device. Your provider will then carefully transfer them into still active hair follicles. This technique has grown more popular among hair transplant surgeons and patients alike. The procedure does require shaving at least the donor area, but sometimes the entire head.
Dr. Allegra or your provider will likely recommend FUE over the FUT method. This is because the procedure is overall less invasive, provides good results, and does not come with the elevated risks of the FUT method. FUE hair transplant also has some advantages like:
Dr. Ludwig Allegra and other providers at Northwest Face & Body perform surgical and non-surgical hair restoration techniques. If you need to or prefer to go the surgical route, an FUE hair transplant is likely the best option. Performed precisely and carefully, the providers at Northwest Face & Body hope to give you fuller, thicker hair back that will last for several years.
Centrally located minutes away from both downtown Bellevue and downtown Kirkland, Northwest Face & Body is easily accessible from the entire Eastside. Additionally, we are just a few minutes from the 520 floating bridge, which allows us to easily serve Seattle-based patients as well. We aim to provide a seamless process from your consultation to your post-operative appointments.
Our providers offer many options for consultations, including in-person and virtual options. To schedule a consultation, call Northwest Face & Body at 425-576-1700 or contact us online via Price Simulator®, chat or our contact form.