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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Women tend to regularly shave or wax several areas of their body. Not only can this be a tedious and exhausting process, but it can also become expensive due to the razors, shaving cream, wax strips, and/or professional waxing. In recent years, modern technology allows people to get long lasting hair removal. Northwest Face & Body provides the best laser hair removal for women Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Using a combination of light and heat energy, lasers create controlled damage to your hair follicles. It will also singe the hair within the follicle. Over several sessions, this process essentially deactivates the treated hair follicles. Since your follicles rotate when they are active, this is why laser hair removal requires multiple sessions. Treating all the hair follicles when they are active will produce the best results.
The laser used at Northwest Face & Body is a specialized type known as a triple wavelength laser. This allows your master esthetician to oscillate between three different wavelengths to adjust it to your specific skin type and tone. Therefore, it can adequately treat people of all skin tones.
While many women will seek out laser hair removal for the convenience of not having to shave or wax as often, some women have excess body hair that can cause distress or is related to a medical condition. Laser hair removal is often a great option for these patients.
A few causes of excess hair in women can include:
Even when treating these conditions, the excess hair growth may not totally subside. This is where female laser hair removal can help.
Regardless of the motivations behind seeking laser hair removal, it carries many benefits for women wanting to permanently reduce body hair. Among the benefits include:
Laser hair removal can treat nearly any part of the body that has unwanted hair. However, there are exceptions in some cases. First, while providers will treat the face, they will prefer to keep some space between the treatment area and the eyes. While you are wearing eye protection during treatment, this is to promote the safest environment possible. Some of the most commonly treated areas include:
Both men and women undergo laser hair removal at nearly even rates. However, there are some differences between the treatments. The table below details some of these differences.
The treatments themselves are largely the same and the laser functions in the same way to disable the regrowth of new hair. Transgender and gender non-conforming people often seek out laser hair removal. It removes unwanted hair associated with their gender assigned at birth, or which otherwise goes against their existing identity.
To begin your laser hair removal journey, you will meet with a master esthetician at Northwest Face & Body. During this appointment, you will detail the areas you want to treat and the results you hope to achieve. Your master esthetician may also ask about your medical history and aspects of your lifestyle. From there, they may examine the treatment areas to look at the thickness of the hair and skin. Your master esthetician may also recommend a laser patch test.
If they believe you are a good candidate, they will explain the process in more detail and the projected number of treatments. Your master esthetician may also provide instructions to follow leading up to your first laser hair removal session.
First, your master esthetician will leave you to get changed if necessary. They will then disinfect the treatment areas. Finally, they will apply ultrasound gel and begin the treatment. They will glide the laser across the area and may pass over areas more than once. This is possible due to the unique triple wavelength capability and cooling diamond handpiece.
Your master esthetician will repeat this process for all treatment sites. You should feel limited to no pain and numbing cream is usually not necessary. Many patients relate the feeling to a rubber band snapping against the skin. The entire process can take ten minutes to an hour and a half depending on the size and number of body areas.
After and between each session, your master esthetician will provide instructions on how to care for your skin and achieve the best results. Some of these directions may include things like:
Even after laser hair removal, you may still experience spotty, thin hair growth. This is usually easily remedied and much less time-consuming than traditional shaving, plucking, or waxing. You may also need occasional laser touch-up sessions. These are typically quicker and only one to two times a year.
According to the FDA, laser hair removal does not permanently remove hair, but it does permanently reduce hair. Therefore, it still makes it easier to maintain hairless skin. For most, any future hair growth is patchy, thin, and managed easily.
Shaving is required before laser hair removal because this allows the laser to better reach and penetrate the hair follicle. When you have long hairs, the laser has further to travel and it makes the skin more susceptible to burns. While this new type of laser makes burns extremely rare, there is an increased risk when the area is not shaved.
Laser hair removal is a largely low risk procedure. However, some people may not be good candidates for treatment. Some of the criteria that may disqualify a patient from laser hair removal candidacy include:
People who are transitioning from male to female or feminine identifying often want to remove hair usually identified with men such as hair on the face, chest, and back. Laser hair removal is one of the best ways to permanently reduce and remove this unwanted hair. Thus, helping to better match one’s gender identity.
The cost of laser hair removal at Northwest Face & Body starts at $119 for four sessions when treating a small area. Additional or larger areas may cost more. Upon consultation with a master esthetician, you will receive a more accurate price quote. To view our full pricing, visit our price list.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa located in Kirkland, WA, minutes away from downtown Bellevue. Having served the area for over three decades, their providers come with a high level of training and experience. Northwest Face & Body offers the best laser hair removal for women available in Bellevue and Kirkland.
Our master estheticians are both medically and aesthetically certified which makes them uniquely qualified to perform medical grade procedures. Along with that, our lasers are the newest type of laser hair removal laser on the market. They can treat all skin tones and reduces pain.