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 lips are an important part of facial aesthetics. Lips that appear too small or do not have enough outward projection can affect both the frontal and profile view of the face. The 2010s brought new beauty standards and a new focus on the look of the lips. Celebrities and influencers have popularized full, plump lips and touted the various procedures that can achieve bigger lips. Luckily, there is a relatively quick and simple way to augment the lips, lip fillers. Northwest Face & Body provides the best lip fillers Bellevue and Kirkland have to offer.
Lip fillers enhance the appearance of the lips using hyaluronic acid dermal fillers. This non-surgical procedure is among one of the most popular and widely performed cosmetic procedures today. Dermal fillers are also used outside of the lips for filling in wrinkles and hollows.
Filler injections in the lips can achieve many cosmetic goals. While the most common motivation for lip fillers is to get plumper lips, patients have many reasons for wanting to try lip fillers. Some of the reasons patients seek lip fillers include:
Dermal fillers vary in composition and ingredients. However, largely, hyaluronic acid fillers are the only dermal fillers used for lip injections. Not only are hyaluronic acid fillers the lowest risk, but they also adapt best to the frequent movement of the lips and remain soft enough to look and feel natural. Longer lasting fillers like Sculptra or Radiesse are not safe for use in the lips.
Restylane and Juvederm make the most widely used hyaluronic acid fillers. Many of their fillers are safe for lip injections. Examples of lip fillers from Restylane and Juvederm include:
Each type of filler comes with a slightly different look and feel. Some fillers, like Juvederm Ultra Plus, are thicker. While Restylane L is a thinner filler. Based on the anatomy of your lips and goals, your injectors can recommend the right lip filler for your lip injections in Bellevue.
What are the differences between Juvederm and Restylane? Which one should I get? The answer is that the two fillers and treatments are extremely similar. Juvederm and Restylane are simply two different dermal filler manufacturers with slight variations in formula and offerings.
Restylane is more cost effective and makes more fillers suitable for the lips. Some patients may find that Restylane fillers do not last as long. Juvederm fillers, in general, tend to be a little thicker, and thus, may last longer. This thickness–while a benefit based on longevity–may not provide the best, natural results for some patients.
Juvederm fillers last on average from three to twelve months in the lips. The average Restylane fillers may need refreshing in three to six months. Ultimately, the best lip filler for you will depend heavily on your goals, anatomy, and lifestyle.
Beyond creating plumper, fuller lips, lip filler come with many benefits and advantages. Benefits may include:
Before having lip filler injections at Northwest Face & Body, you will consult with an experienced injector. They will listen as you explain your goals for the procedure, medical history, and expectations. Next, they will physically examine your lips and facial structure. At this point, they will determine if you are a good candidate for Bellevue lip fillers.
If lip fillers will help you achieve your aesthetic goals, the injections can often be performed the same day. Subsequent filler injections often take no longer than twenty minutes to complete.
To begin your lip filler injections, your injector will first sanitize the injection sites with alcohol wipes. Depending on the specifics of the injections, or your request, they may apply a topical anesthetic. Most lip fillers contain lidocaine to further ease the pain or discomfort of the injections.
There are two main methods for lip injections. The first uses a needle to inject the filler while the second uses a thin cannula. Your injector may use one or both of these techniques to achieve the desired results. Lip filler injections usually take no more than twenty minutes. However, if you are receiving more filler injections, some injection appointments may go as long as an hour.
After the filler is injected, your injector may gently massage it into place. Finally, they will give you instructions on how to promote the best results. Normally, you will see an immediate difference in the look of your lips. As the swelling goes down and the filler settles, you should see your final results within two weeks.
It is not uncommon to see a few minor side effects. Like most injections, lip filler can cause swelling, bruising, tenderness, and redness. Side effects should subside within a week, although some patients may see side effects go away much sooner.
While there is no traditional recovery or downtime associated with lip fillers, your injector will give you instructions on how to reduce swelling and promote good results. A few examples of lip filler aftercare instructions include:
These are just examples of instructions that your injector may give you. Your injector will give you lip filler aftercare instructions catered to you and your Bellevue lip filler.
Lips fillers, especially hyaluronic acid based fillers are considered some of the safest cosmetic injections on the market. In general, dermal fillers and injections are widely considered safe, low risk procedures. While it is possible to experience more serious side effects, these are notably and extremely rare, especially when you choose a qualified injector like those at Northwest Face & Body.
If you have concerns about lip filler treatment, our injectors can address them during a consultation. There are some techniques and preparations available that can minimize risk. For example, the cannula method may reduce the chances of bruising and swelling and is less likely to disturb nearby structures. This reduces the overall risk of lip fillers.
The needle method is still perfectly safe in the hands of a capable and experienced injector. At a consultation, your injector can determine which method will provide you the best and safest results.
Complications from lip fillers are rare in ideal patients. If you have concerns or prolonged side effects (more than one week) or develop new side effects (like a fever). Patients usually see side effects fade within a week. Overall, the risks of lip fillers include:
It is hard to say what is the best lip filler. Each patient and provider often has a different idea of what makes the best lip filler. Some patients may prefer a firmer look and feel, while others may want a more malleable and soft filler.
When it comes to the manufacturers themselves, Restylane produces Restylane Kysse which is a dermal filler made exclusively for the lips. Designed with the goals of lip filler patients in mind, Restylane Kysse aims to achieve the best lip filler results.
That said, patients like to try out different fillers to determine the one they like best. Your injector can also likely make a recommendation based on your goals and preferences.
Yes, lip fillers are not a permanent lip augmentation solution. There are longer lasting options such as a bullhorn lip lift or surgical lip augmentation. Lip fillers can often serve as a precursor to these procedures to give patients an idea of what the results of these more permanent solutions could look like.
Swelling is one of the most common side effects of lip filler injections. Generally, patients see a significant reduction in swelling within three days or so. By one week, it should be imperceptible. Some patients can experience swelling for ten days or more, but this is exceedingly rare.
Your injector can also give you tips on how to reduce and prevent swelling. This can include avoiding NSAID painkillers, not doing any strenuous exercise for a day or two, and elevating your head when you sleep.
The amount of time you get to enjoy your lip filler largely depends on a few factors. Firstly, the kind of dermal filler you received. Dermal fillers are known to last anywhere from three months to eighteen months. The lips are among one of the facial structures that move most. Therefore, fillers tend to dissolve faster in the lips than elsewhere on the face.
Another factor that impacts lip filler longevity is your lifestyle. Patients with a high metabolism, or who exercise more than average may see their lip filler dissolve faster. Additionally, those who use the lips more often (such as musicians or singers) may also see their filler dissolve quicker.
Finally, some people’s bodies break down the filler quicker than others. Two people who receive the same type and amount of filler can need new filler at completely different intervals.
Maybe, while you can’t control your metabolism, you can control other aspects of your lifestyle that impact how long your lip filler lasts. Firstly, follow your injector’s aftercare instructions carefully. Next, continue to live a healthy lifestyle with a good diet and exercise. Be careful not to exercise too much, since as discussed, this can cause your body to break down the filler faster. Finally, taking good care of your skin and wearing SPF can protect fillers which may be sensitive to UV and sun rays.
Yes, it is common that habitual and regular lip filler patients may eventually want a more permanent solution. Some patients may also have extremely thin lips or conditions where they may benefit from surgery more than fillers. For these patients, lip implants, fat transfer to the lips, or a lip lift may provide them the lasting results they desire. A Bellevue plastic surgeon can determine if you are a candidate for these plastic surgery procedures.
Northwest Face & Body has served the Bellevue and Kirkland areas since 1983. For nearly four decades, they have provided the best lip filler and other cosmetic injections. Our injectors consist of plastic surgeons and physician trained injectors who combine skill and aesthetic expertise. With years of experience, our injectors customize every lip filler appointment to each specific patient and their goals.
Our office is located at Carillion Point in Kirkland, Washington, right on the shores of Lake Washington. Northwest Face & Body offers a welcoming and comfortable environment for your Bellevue and Kirkland lip filler. Just a few minutes drive from both downtown Bellevue and Kirkland, Northwest Face & Body is the Eastside’s top lip filler provider.