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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Around the age of 25, the skin slows collagen production, and existing collagen also begins to break down. This is what causes wrinkles to form and skin to sag. Many people begin to see changes in their appearance in their late twenties and early thirties due to this natural decline in collagen. Even with a good skincare routine and low amounts of damage, aging will still occur. For those seeing their skin sag or their skin becoming overall less elastic, but who do not have the advanced sagging seen in surgical facelift patients, a laser facelift may be a way to promote tighter, younger skin. Dr. Khezri at Northwest Face & Body performs the best laser facelift Bellevue and Kirkland have to offer.
A laser facelift is a skin resurfacing procedure that uses a fractionated ablative laser to create controlled damage that stimulates collagen damage and skin tightening. Performed under local anesthesia, this procedure does not cause as much damage as a CO2 laser resurfacing procedure that usually requires general anesthesia. However, the laser is specifically calibrated for skin tightening and facial rejuvenation, which makes it perfect for treating mild skin laxity concerns.
One major difference between a laser facelift and other laser resurfacing procedures is that it can treat all skin tones. Dr. Khezri will alter the settings based on your skin tone. Lighter skin tones will receive the higher settings since their skin is less likely to experience hyperpigmentation as a result of the laser. It also takes more laser energy to adequately treat light skin. For darker skin tones, Dr. Khezri will turn the laser to lower settings since darker skin is more sensitive to laser treatment, and because the laser targets pigment, not as much energy is needed to create the necessary amount of controlled damage.
Lasers used for skin resurfacing belong to two categories: ablative and non-ablative. What are the differences? The simplest difference is that ablative lasers create visible wounds in the skin while non-ablative lasers do not. Beyond this, each category of laser involves different strengths and types of lasers. For example, some ablative lasers are surgical, while others are not. The table below provides more detail about the difference between ablative and non-ablative laser resurfacing.
The laser facelift in Seattle uses a type of ablative laser known as a fractionated CO2 laser. This means that not all of the skin is removed and it is more selective, only targeting damaged or dead skin. Overall, this tends to cause less trauma to the skin than a fully ablative, surgical CO2 laser skin resurfacing procedure. Due to this, Dr. Khezri can perform a laser facelift without general anesthesia and limit the recovery time to just a couple of days.
A laser facelift was designed to primarily target mildly saggy skin. This may include some minor sagging along the jawline and neck. It generally is not enough to warrant surgical intervention, but it sometimes does cause distress. Although, along with this, a laser facelift also treats many other signs of aging such as:
Like with any procedure, there are benefits and risks to consider before going under the laser. Many patients find that the advantages of a laser facelift outweigh the differences. However, based on your medical history, goals, anatomy, and various other factors, Dr. Khezri may determine the risks are too high to proceed. This will be thoroughly discussed at the consultation, though is fairly rare.
First, let’s look at the many benefits of a laser facelift in Bellevue. Some advantages and benefits include:
The risks of a laser facelift are fairly minor when performed on an ideal patient with an experienced provider. However, they can still happen under optimal circumstances and it is important to understand them. In general, most of the side effects and complications are temporary, treatable, or minor. Among the risks of a laser facelift include:
As mentioned above, most of these risks or complications are temporary or treatable. Rarer side effects and complications are exceptionally rare. Those with darker skin may have higher risks associated with the procedure. Dr. Khezri accounts for this by adjusting the laser settings to lower the risk.
Before undergoing a laser facelift, Dr. Khezri will need to determine that you are a good candidate for the procedure. This involves making sure that you have a low chance of experiencing risks or complications, and that it will provide you with the best results that are in line with your goals.
The consultation will start with a brief discussion about your concerns and what you hope to achieve with a laser facelift. Following this, Dr. Khezri may ask about aspects of your medical history and lifestyle. This might include an overview of the medications you currently take and have taken in the past year, if you smoke, and if you have ever undergone a laser procedure before.
Finally, he may physically examine the treatment area to determine if the laser can provide the best results. At this point, Dr. Khezri can decide on whether or not you are a good and viable candidate for a laser facelift. If you are, he will then further describe the procedure and you can schedule your appointment. If not, he will likely provide recommendations on what may give you the results you seek.
After you check-in for your laser facelift, Dr. Khezri will greet you and take you back to a treatment room. There, he will start by disinfecting the treatment areas with alcohol. Next, he will begin the numbing process. This may entail topical numbing agents and/or lidocaine injections. It can take anywhere from twenty minutes to an hour to fully numb in preparation for the procedure.
Once you are adequately prepared, Dr. Khezri will begin your laser facelift in Kirkland. He adjusts the laser’s settings based on your skin tone and goals. He will then gently glide the laser across the skin in horizontal and vertical directions. Dr. Khezri will go over each area multiple times.
The process takes between an hour and an hour and a half to complete. You should remain completely comfortable and feel little to no discomfort during your laser facelift. Once finished, Dr. Khezri will give you the appropriate aftercare instructions.
Dr. Khezri tends to recommend between one and two days of downtime and recovery. You can still walk around your house and even work from home but should use caution. It is best not to exercise, rest a little more, and perform the necessary aftercare Dr. Khezri prescribes. You should also refrain from drinking alcohol and eat a good diet during your healing time.
Dr. Khezri will likely recommend taking a break from your normal skincare routine and applying makeup. He may prescribe special moisturizers to apply to prevent dryness and improve your comfort. Most patients can return to their full daily routine after about two days.
Generally, yes, a laser facelift is the best way to tighten the skin without surgery. Many other options may work better for younger patients such asand fillers. PDO threads also are effective, but come with more risks and do not last as long. Lasers, while sometimes requiring multiple sessions or semi-annual sessions, make long lasting improvements to your skin.
Immediately after your Kirkland laser facelift, your skin will likely look like you have a sunburn. It may also feel a little tight and irritated. Swelling can also occur, but it is usually minimal. While not overly common, bruising can occur. Side effects should clear within one to two weeks.
No, at-home devices are not regulated and not medical grade. While not as strong as medical grade lasers, they can still cause major injury to the skin such as burns and pigmentation problems that can be permanent. It is best to seek out a professional with experience in ablative laser resurfacing procedures.
No, if your facial sagging is severe enough for a traditional facelift, a laser facelift is unlikely to provide adequate results. While it may improve skin quality and smooth out the skin, it will not tighten it to the point a surgical procedure could. This is because a facelift removes excess skin while a laser does not. That said, it is common and often recommended to under CO2 laser resurfacing concurrent with a facelift.
No, a laser facelift is performed in a clinical setting and is considered a non-surgical procedure. Though, there are forms of laser resurfacing that are considered facial plastic surgery.
Laser skin tightening is a growing and always advancing science. With laser technology becoming safer and more precise, the results achievable with lasers will continue to impress. The skin tightening that Dr. Khezri can achieve without surgery and with a laser would have been unprecedented just a few decades ago. Northwest Face & Body offers the best laser facelift Bellevue and Kirkland can provide.
Northwest Face & Body has a thirty year history of treating the Eastside’s cosmetic needs. Nestled on the shores of Lake Washington, our facility is easily accessible from all nearby major cities. Our medical team has decades of experience and comes from a wide range of backgrounds. Yet, they come together in their shared goal of helping you achieve your ideal aesthetics in a comfortable and safe environment.