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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Hair loss can occur suddenly and slowly. Regardless, if it progresses it can often lead to baldness. While for some, especially men, baldness is not always a bad outcome, it is still something many patients would like to avoid. Typically, non-surgical treatments and hair transplant are preferred, but in some cases, a more aggressive approach may need to be taken to provide the best results. Northwest Face & Body performs all types of non-surgical and surgical hair restoration treatments to both men and women. Our experts will custom cater a treatment plan based on your pattern of hair loss and goals. We provide the best major scalp reduction Bellevue and Kirkland offer.
A major scalp reduction is a surgical hair restoration procedure that involves removing skin with inactive hair follicles and pulling skin with hair or active follicles forward. With a major scalp reduction, it often pulls the skin significantly forward for people who have experience large amounts of hair loss. A minor scalp reduction requires less skin removal and stretching. A scalp reduction is often the absolute last resort and arguably the most aggressive treatment for hair loss. However, it is also the only one that can treat men and women with near total baldness. Hair transplant and non-surgical techniques cannot address hair loss after a certain point.
Scalp reduction most commonly treats hair loss, but is sometimes a part of certain transgender procedures. For example, a transgender woman may experience genetic baldness. During a facial feminization surgery, her surgeon will remove the balding and pull the hairline forward for a more feminine appearance. While not performed or necessary for all cases, it is one of the top reasons scalp reduction is still performed.
Scalp reduction appeared as surgical treatment for hair loss before hair transplantation. In the 1960s through the 1980s, it was especially popular among balding men who did not yet have non-surgical or more effective surgical techniques to treat hair loss. Scalp reduction was the only effective option for large scale hair restoration until hair transplant technology because more viable.
Today, scalp reduction has fallen out of favor when compared to hair transplant surgery. However, that does not mean it does not still have it's uses. It is also still widely considered a safe and effective surgical technique for the right candidate. Some types of scalp reductions have appeared that go beyond a major scalp reduction. These are generally considered unsafe.
There are a few different incision styles for a scalp reduction. The most common follows the rough shape of a rocket ship. Removing this hairless skin from the scalp, your Bellevue plastic surgeon will then pull the hair bearing skin forward and over. Once in place, your surgeon will carefully stitch the skin together. This often leaves an incision near the hairline. Hair usually grows over this incision area, though there is a risk that the scar will be visible after surgery. Your surgeon will discuss this with you before your surgery to communicate your individual risk of scarring.
Yes, while it is even less common than men, some women may be candidates for scalp reduction surgery. In general, most women will find benefits in hair transplant or non-surgical methods. As previously mentioned, it is common among transwomen experiencing hair loss, or wanting to feminize their hairline.
Yes, if hair restoration begins before widespread or large scale baldness occurs there are injectable, laser, and medication methods that may help patients avoid a hair restoration surgery for several years, or even indefinitely. However, they can only work during the earlier stages of hair loss. Your provider can discuss if you may still be a candidate for one of these alternatives during a consultation.
If a major scalp reduction is the right procedure for you, the team at Northwest Face & Body is fully prepared to accommodate you and your needs. With a thirty year history providing the top cosmetic procedures to the Greater Seattle area, Northwest Face & Body is the top destination for your hair restoration goals. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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