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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The eyes are fragile. Most people can attest to this when something gets into the eye and burning, watering, and irritation commence. The eyelashes serve as a way to capture most of the debris that could enter the eye and damage it. While the eyelashes serve this purpose, within broader society, the eyelashes have become a symbol of beauty. Long, perfectly curled, dark eyelashes are the highest standard of beauty that most people do not have naturally. However, it is quite easy to achieve. An effective way is with the best eyelash extensions Bellevue and Kirkland offer at Northwest Face & Body.
As the name suggests, eyelash extensions are tiny, semi-permanent hair extensions for your eyelashes. They lengthen them, create a curled shape, and often look darker colored naturally. Of the various lash enhancement options available, they tend to last the longest and make the biggest difference.
Lash extensions were not popularized in the United States until the early 2000s. Since this, thousands of people choose to get longer lasting extensions overusing strip lashes or makeup to obtain their preferred lash look on a daily basis. Eyelash extensions do not damage the lashes when applied correctly and can look exceptionally natural.
Eyelash extensions carry many benefits and are seeing growing popularity. While the exact benefits will vary based on your individual needs and goals, some of the benefits of lash extensions include:
Lash extensions–along with their many benefits–do have some associated risks. Overall, the risks are rare and accounted for with various precautions during the application of your extensions. Some of the possible risks include:
When applied by a professional, these risks are exceptionally unlikely. You can also reduce your chances of future problems by brushing and cleaning your lashes daily. Your master esthetician will discuss this with you during your consultation and application appointments.
There are many popular lash enhancement options. From at-home options to ones that require the steady hand of a professional, the right option will vary based on your goals, preferences, and current lashes.
Popularly, mascara and eyeliner are probably the two most used enhancements for the lashes and eyes. They are safe, easy to use, and relatively inexpensive. Therefore, they are among the most accessible options.
The next step up is strip lashes. These are fake lashes that are applied to the lash line with glue. They function similarly to lash extensions but sit just above the natural lashes. They typically are only worn daily and will come off while swimming or similar activities. While it takes a little more skill to apply these, they are popular and sold in stores all around the world.
The first professionally administered option is a lash lift with tint. This treatment involves essentially perming and dyeing the lashes. It does not apply any sort of extension and uses only your natural lashes. This does require that patients have some length to their lashes, but most average eyelashes will qualify.
Susceptible to the hair growth cycle just like extensions, a lash lift and tint tends to last around four to six weeks. Unlike with extensions though, you need to wait a few weeks after the lift and tint wear off to refresh your look.
Lash extensions–as discussed–use individual lash extensions and apply them to single natural lashes. This creates a more natural look than strip lashes. Also, once fully adhered in about 24 to 48 hours, you do not have to worry about activities such as swimming or working out, this should not cause your lashes to fall out as long as you maintain them.
Extensions last about the same amount of time as a lash lift and tint but offer more dramatic and customizable results. Additionally, patients with lighter lashes may also benefit from a lash tint a few days before getting their extensions. Though, it is not usually necessary to get a good result.
At a consultation with a master esthetician, they will examine the length, projection, and thickness of your existing lashes. They will also detail all of your lash enhancement options and what you can expect from each. Your master esthetician may also ask about your medical history and lifestyle as this can factor into the right option for you.
After deciding on lash extensions, they will provide you with the steps to prepare, the price, and the specifics of your treatment. You can then schedule it before leaving the office.
As the preparation instructions detail, you should have no eye makeup on when you come to the Northwest Face & Body office. Your master esthetician will proceed to clean your lashes of any built-up residue or debris. After this, they will apply cotton pads below your eyes and may tape areas of your lid to ensure your eyes remain closed and the lashes are in the best position to place the extensions.
Your master esthetician will then begin isolating individual lashes and use the guide on the cotton pad to apply various lengths of extensions. Traditionally, each eye is done at the same time to keep the lashes even. The entire process takes between one and two hours.
You will see your results immediately. To maintain your lashes for as long as possible, your master esthetician will provide aftercare instructions. Beyond brushing and cleaning your lashes every day, you will need to avoid water, sweating, crying, and similar wetness for at least 24 hours (though 48 is preferred). Additionally, rubbing the eyes, oil-based eye creams and products, and waterproof mascara are also not recommended.
The natural hair cycle will cause your extensions to slowly fall out. In-fills replace these lashes and can keep your extensions looking full. At Northwest Face & Body, we offer in-fill pricing at two, three, and four weeks.
There are certain medical conditions or situations where it may not be advisable or safe for a client to undergo a lash lift. Some of these include:
Your master esthetician will ask about these during your consultation and evaluate whether lash extensions in Bellevue are the ideal treatment for you.
Our master estheticians offer classic lash extensions which are the most natural looking. We do not perform hybrid or volume lashes at this time, but can customize our treatment based on your eye shape and goals.
There are at-home lash extension kits available. However, unless applying normal strip lashes, these kits come with more risk than they are worth. Since the safest way to apply lash extensions is with the eyes closed, this is nearly impossible to do yourself.
Using at-home kits have higher risks of injury, burns, bad result, and infection. A master esthetician at Northwest Face & Body has full visibility when performing your lash extensions and takes every precaution to ensure safety.
Cyanoacrylate is the main ingredient in also every lash adhesive. While derived from cyanide, it is not found in the final product at all. Acrylic acid is the other component that dries quickly. The combination of the neutralization and fast drying of the product makes it safe to use for eyelash extensions in Kirkland.
Cluster lash extensions are when multiple extensions are bundled together and placed on one lash. This type of lash extension can be dangerous and lead to lash loss because it requires a large amount of adhesive. Additionally, they are heavy and natural eyelashes are simply not strong enough to hold onto them.
In extreme cases, cluster eyelashes can cause pain, lash loss, and irritation. If you got cluster lashes, you will need a professional to remove them carefully to avoid damaging your lashes. Occasionally, cluster lashes can be safe if worn for a short time. However, if you’re wanting a dramatic or unique look, you’re probably better off with strip lashes or traditional lash extensions.
A full set of classic eyelash extensions at Northwest Face & Body starts at $250. In-fills will then vary based on the amount of time since receiving your set. You can find full eyelash extension pricing on our price list.
Northwest Face & Body has provided the gold standard of plastic surgery, medical grade skincare, and cosmetic services for over thirty years. Located on Carillon Point in Kirkland, it is only a short drive away from both Bellevue and Kirkland. The beautiful location is on the shores of Lake Washington and is close to various amenities.
The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body have extensive experience in performing medical grade skincare and cosmetic services. This includes procedures like chemical peels, microneedling, and non-ablative laser resurfacing. Along with more traditional esthetic services such as waxing and lash lifts. Their combination of medical and esthetic expertise and experience allows them to provide the best lash extensions Bellevue and Kirkland offer.