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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Men comprise about 10% of all plastic surgery patients in the United States. However, this number continues to rise nearly every year. While men make up a small percentage of plastic surgery patients, there are some procedures only performed on men. A good example of this is male breast reduction, also known as gynecomastia surgery. The number of male breast reduction surgeries performed in the past decade has increased by over 30%. When it comes to where you can get the best gynecomastia surgery, Northwest Face & Body offers the best male breast reduction Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Gynecomastia is a condition that causes the breast tissue and glands in men to enlarge or swell. In some cases, this can cause create the look of breasts, or for a man to look heavier than they are. The condition is not dangerous or harmful, but it can be extremely distressing. Some men may experience slight tenderness or pain.
Around 60-70% of men will experience gynecomastia at some point during their lifetime. In the vast majority of cases, the condition is temporary and will ease with little treatment over time. However, occasionally, gynecomastia does not go away with time or regular treatments. This may mean the patient needs surgical intervention to treat their gynecomastia.
The most common cause of gynecomastia is hormone changes or imbalances. This is why gynecomastia is often seen during puberty and later in life. Typically, when gynecomastia presents during puberty, it will go away before adulthood. Hormone imbalances at any point during your life may cause gynecomastia. This includes having medical conditions or taking medications that may influence hormone changes.
Some of the causes of enlarged male breast tissue include:
The best way to treat your gynecomastia depends on the cause. For those experiencing natural hormonal changes, it is usually recommended that they wait until hormone levels even out. They will likely see their gynecomastia resolve within two years. If you are on medication or treatment influencing the gynecomastia, you may switch medications or see the gynecomastia improve after treatment. Additionally, drugs may be given to treat hormone issues or conditions contributing to male breast formation.
If these initial treatments do not improve your gynecomastia, surgery may be an option. Male breast reduction removes extra skin and tissue to provide a more masculine chest. This may be the best course of action for older men no longer producing as much testosterone, or those with gynecomastia not responsive to treatment.
Overall, the possible treatments for gynecomastia include:
Male breast reduction surgery is most often a last resort for men with gynecomastia. It treats the most severe and chronic cases that do not go away within a couple of years or treatment. Plastic surgeons like Dr. Ludwig Allegra performs surgery to treat gynecomastia and give men their masculine chest back.
Dr. Allegra focuses on providing a chest that matches the patient’s body and that removes everything for a good result. With over two decades of experience, Dr. Allegra is among one of the top gynecomastia surgeons in Bellevue and Kirkland.
The technique that Dr. Allegra will use during male breast reduction varies depending on the severity of your gynecomastia and goals. Some patients with minor gynecomastia may see good results from a simple liposuction procedure. Others may require more extensive skin removal. Below are more details on the most frequently used methods.
Dr. Allegra can determine if chest liposuction or the incision technique will best treat your gynecomastia during a consultation.
For men suffering from breast enlargement due to gynecomastia, male breast reduction comes with many benefits. Not only can it alleviate the condition, often permanently, but it may even benefit a patient’s day to day life. Benefits of gynecomastia surgery may include:
At a consultation at Northwest Face & Body, you will meet with Dr. Ludwig Allegra. Dr. Allegra will discuss the concerns you have with your current chest and goals for surgery. He will then look over your medical history and may ask some related questions. Following this, Dr. Allegra will physically examine your chest.
Upon physical examination, Dr. Allegra can conclude the severity of your gynecomastia and the right surgical technique or procedure that would achieve your goals. He will then determine if you are a good and low risk candidate for male breast reduction surgery in Bellevue.
Dr. Allegra will describe your gynecomastia surgery and discuss your options. Before leaving, you will also receive a finalized price quote and financing information.
On the day of your male breast reduction surgery, a member of staff will greet you after check-in. You will change and they will begin preparing you for surgery. This may include running various tests and reviewing your medical history. Dr. Allegra will then meet with you to go over the surgical plan and make pre-surgical markings.
Once cleared for surgery, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia. Dr. Allegra will then begin with surgery. As previously discussed, the actual surgical technique will vary based on your anatomy and needs. Generally, gynecomastia surgery takes around one to two hours.
For a few days after surgery, you will need to take it easy. You will likely need to wear a compression garment and Dr. Allegra may instruct you to massage the area. While immediately following surgery you may see a difference in the look of your chest, this may shift as swelling and bruising settle in. These side effects should resolve within a couple of weeks and your final results will take about a year to settle.
Male breast reduction patients often return to work within about of surgery. This will vary and you should not return to work until Dr. Allegra gives the okay. Light exercise and cardio may begin after about two weeks. Though, you should abstain from upper body workouts for at least four to eight weeks.
Psuedogynecomastia is when a man may have some degree of enlargement in the chest, but it is not due to gynecomastia. Most of the time this is due to weight changes. Either weight loss that has left extra skin behind or where the fat in the chest is particularly stubborn. Alternatively, weight gain may impact the look of a man’s chest.
Even if not due to gynecomastia, Dr. Allegra may be able to improve your chest contour. This is best determined by an expert like Dr. Allegra during a consultation.
Male breast reduction is often permanent as long as you maintain a stable weight after surgery. However, later in life, hormonal changes can once again change the look of your chest. After gynecomastia surgery, the condition is unlikely to come back without an outside factor such as medications or medical conditions.
With that said, if the initial cause of your gynecomastia is not adequately treated before surgery, this can cause gynecomastia recurrence. You should ensure any underlying causes have been identified and treated before undergoing male breast reduction.
Some men do report pain or tenderness as a symptom of their gynecomastia. Unbearable pain is rare and not all men will have these symptoms. This can be a strong motivator to seek out surgery because gynecomastia surgery can alleviate this discomfort.
Male breast reduction is considered safe for ideal candidates. Like any surgery, there are risks to undergoing the procedure. However, if you are generally healthy and do not smoke, there is little risk involved. Certain patients may have a higher risk for some complications. If this is the case, Dr. Allegra will talk about this with you.
Male breast reduction at Northwest Face & Body with Dr. Ludwig Allegra starts at $7,485. This price may change based on individual aspects of your surgery. You can get more pricing information via our Price Simulator™ and price list.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is a Bellevue plastic surgeon who has served the Eastside’s cosmetic needs for over two decades. He is experienced in plastic and cosmetic surgery of the face and body, including gynecomastia surgery. Dr. Allegra uses the smallest incisions possible to provide the best results.
Northwest Face & Body is located on Carillion Point in Kirkland and accessible from all Eastside cities including Bellevue, Kirkland, and Redmond. With state-of-the-art technology and a welcoming atmosphere, Northwest Face & Body provides the best male breast reduction Bellevue and Kirkland offers.