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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(includes medication, diet, & exercise plan, and the consultation with monthly follow up appointments)
Approximately fourteen million people in the United States live with redness from rosacea. This is notoriously hard to treat and often requires long term—if not lifelong—treatment. Beyond that, unwanted redness and pigmentation due to sun damage, age, and broken capillaries will affect almost everyone. Intense pulsed light therapy, or IPL treatment, is the gold standard for treating rosacea and unwanted pigment. Northwest Face & Body provides the best IPL Bellevue and Kirkland offer.
Intense pulsed light—sometimes called broadband light—is a light-based treatment that uses all colors and wavelengths of light. Master estheticians place filters in the IPL device to filter out the unneeded colors or wavelengths. However, the treatment still uses a broader spectrum of light energy than a laser which only uses one at a time.
Thus, this makes it ideal for treating pigmentation because it does not only harness one wavelength. This allows IPL to target both redness and brown spots. It also is versatile, treating everything from broken blood vessels to aging.
Due to the nature of this treatment, unfortunately, it poses too much risk to patients with a Fitzpatrick skin tone deeper than a III. Since IPL targets darkened and melanated portions, people with darker skin tones are more likely to experience hyperpigmentation or burns. Luckily, people with darker skin can undergo microneedling and even some forms of laser treatment depending on the desired procedure.
Intense pulsed light treatment--also called a photofacial--is one of the most versatile professional skin procedures available. First FDA approved in 1995 to treat spider veins, IPL has continued to become a favorite among providers and patients for helping to create a more even skin tone. Some of the skin conditions and concerns that IPL can treat include:
Any unwanted pigmentation can likely be treated with intense pulsed light. In the past, IPL was used for hair removal and tattoo removal. However, newer lasers have become available that are more effective and can safely treat all skin tones. They also tend to be less painful than IPL for these particular treatments. Therefore, we do not offer these services with IPL, but with more advanced lasers.
IPL treatment offers patients many benefits. As one of the few light-based treatments that have been available to the aesthetic market for decades, intense pulsed light is well studied and known to be effective. Some of the advantages and benefits of IPL therapy include:
IPL treatment and CO2 laser resurfacing can treat many of the same concerns. However, the procedures do have some notable differences that are important to know if considering one or the other. Your master esthetician can also help you determine which treatment is best for you. The table below contrasts the two procedures to give you a starting point to know which may be right for your goals.
Both procedures can address similar concerns such as fine lines and wrinkles as well as sun damage. The right treatment for you will largely depend on the quality of your skin and overall goals. During a consultation appointment, your master esthetician will determine if you are a good candidate for IPL treatment.
Before an intense pulsed light treatment, you will meet with one of our master estheticians. At this consultation, they will discuss your concerns and what you hope to treat. They may also ask about your medical history and expectations for treatment. Along with determining if you are a good candidate for IPL, they may also recommend other procedures such as chemical peels or microneedling.
You will receive a customized price quote as well as a more detailed explanation of the procedure. Sometimes your first session can commence on the same day unless you require a patch test. Otherwise, you can schedule your first Seattle IPL treatment. Northwest Face & Body does work with outside financing companies such as Care Credit.
The first step your master esthetician will take during an IPL treatment in Bellevue is to thoroughly clean the face of any makeup or environmental debris. Once this is done, they may offer numbing cream, though this will depend on the treatment you undergo. From there, they will provide you with goggles to protect your eyes from the light.
Your master esthetician will then apply ultrasound gel. This helps cool down the treatment, puts a barrier between the light and the skin, and helps the handpiece more fluidly over the skin. Your master esthetician will then begin the treatment. A quick pulse of light will emit from the handpiece before they then move it to the next treatment area. Often, they will perform a test spot to ensure a good response from your skin. The average IPL treatment takes about thirty minutes.
The exact instructions that your master esthetician gives you will vary. However, there are some basic directions to follow after intense pulsed light treatment. These can include:
When searching for IPL therapy, you may across at-home devices that cost less than or about the same as one IPL session. Do these work? The short answer is no. While they may provide some basic results, they are not as strong as the lasers used in the office. The IPL at Northwest Face & Body is medical-grade and cannot be bought by the average consumer.
Additionally, using these lasers at home increases the risk of injury or complications. While the lasers are not as strong as the ones you will find in a professional setting, they can still cause burns, hyperpigmentation, or other complications when used too much or incorrectly. Therefore, our master estheticians always recommend seeing a qualified provider with a good quality IPL device.
Some pain or discomfort is expected with an IPL treatment. However, it usually is not considered overly painful. Our master estheticians do offer the application of numbing cream before the procedure. They may also adjust the settings of the laser if causing too much irritation to the skin.
Many patients have likened the feel of an IPL treatment to a rubber band snapping against the skin. Overall, you can expect some pain, but most find it bearable.
Intense pulsed light therapy may cause patients to experience mild side effects. For the most part, side effects remain mild and go away within two weeks. Some of the side effects of IPL include:
Not all patients will experience the same side effects or the same severity. Side effects after IPL treatment are normal, but if you notice particularly severe side effects or an unexpected reaction, contact Northwest Face & Body.
Intense pulsed light treatment does offer some basic skin tightening and anti-aging benefits. However, other lasers are generally more effective when treating more noticeable signs of aging. Though it is often an unintended, but welcome, side effect of IPL treatment.
The cost of IPL treatment in Bellevue depends on your specific needs and treatment. We offer both single treatments and packages. By default, pricing is for the full face with the option to add on other areas. The starting and basic IPL pricing are as follows:
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa located on the shores of Lake Washington. Perfectly located in South Kirkland, minutes from downtown Bellevue, Northwest Face & Body’s convenient location serves patients from all around the Eastside, Pacific Northwest, and beyond. With a thirty-year history of providing only the highest quality aesthetic treatments, Northwest Face & Body offers the best IPL Bellevue and Kirkland provide.