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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Everyone’s eyebrows are different. Brow arches, thickness, and overall shape all vary based on genetics, medical conditions, and physical factors. If you have sparse brows or just want to enhance the look and thickness of your brows without having to touch up your makeup every few hours, microblading offers a great solution. A form of permanent makeup, microblading is a way to keep your brows looking their best all the time. Northwest Face & Body offers the best microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Microblading is a brow enhancement procedure that involves applying a realistic hair-like tattoo to look like eyebrow hair. The ink differs from traditional tattoo ink due to the sensitivity of the area and is considered semi-permanent. Like a tattoo, the results of microblading are customized to match your hair color, skin tone, and the results you want.
A microblading procedure can help enhance the brow arch, create fuller looking brows, and reduce the amount of makeup you use. Your microblading artist will discuss your goals and perform brow mapping using the golden ratio.
The history of permanent makeup starts with the history of tattoos. Creating incisions and adding pigment goes back hundreds of years. Though, nothing caught on or became widely viable until the advent and popularity of tattoos. Originally popular among sailors, tattoos began as a way to decorate and modify the body. The first use of tattoos for permanent makeup occurred in 1902. At this time, a renowned tattoo artist tattooed round, pink blush on the cheeks.
Tattoos also started to be used to cover up scarring and skin conditions such as vitiligo, which still occurs today. Asia is thought to have pioneered microblading specifically in the last three decades. Permanent makeup, particularly for the brows began to gain popularity in the 2010s in the United States.
Though permanent and semi-permanent makeup has only recently gained popularity, forms of permanent makeup have existed since the early 20th century. They were either not available to the general public, expensive, or experimental at times. Some salons even performed permanent makeup procedures without telling their clients. Thankfully, these days are behind us and only professional tattoo artists and microblading artists perform permanent makeup on consenting individuals.
Microblading comes with many benefits and advantages for people wanting to enhance their brows. Some of the benefits of microblading include:
Microblading has several more benefits that individuals may experience based on their lifestyle. With top brow artistry techniques, your artist may be able to help cover scars or gaps in the eyebrows. Additionally, due to past decade's brow trends, some people have permanent damage due to overplucked eyebrows. Microblading can help correct or disguise this long term.
Microblading techniques can vary based on the client’s goals. Ultimately, the main difference between the techniques is the type of strokes used and the way the ink is applied to the skin. At Northwest Face & Body, our microblading artist offers three types of microblading: traditional microblading, powder brows, and combo brows.
As discussed, microblading uses short, thin strokes to create a natural looking brow enhancement. It can help fill out the shape of your brows as well as any sparse areas with hair-like strokes. This is the traditional method and the most popular form of microblading currently.
Instead of using strokes to fill in the brows, the powder brow method uses small dots to shade in the brows. This creates a powdered look that could be achieved using makeup. Though, it still often looks fairly natural and can help effectively fill in the brows and enhance the overall look.
Combo brows—as the name suggests—use a combination of hair strokes and shading. This is ideal for patients who want a natural, but also more dramatic look. Combination brows are gaining popularity and are great for those with extremely sparse brows. This technique is the most advanced brow artistry technique available with microblading.
Powder brows—sometimes also called microshading—is another form of semi-permanent way to provide enhancement to the arch and boost density. When initially deciding on the right option and provider for you, knowing the differences between these two procedures ensures you undergo the treatment right for you and get your desired results. The table below details some of the differences between these two micro brow treatments.
Microblading and microshading are both types of tattooing and permanent makeup. They simply use different shapes and slightly different techniques to create a customized look. Patients have varied needs and therefore sometimes your artist may need to change the technique for the best results.
Before undergoing microblading in Bellevue at Northwest Face & Body, you will meet with our microblading artist for a consultation. At this appointment, they will ask you about the shape you want. As well as anything you want to address concerning your current brows. From there, they may also ask about aspects of your medical history and lifestyle. Certain medications, conditions, or procedures can affect candidacy for microblading.
If your microblading artist believes that you are a good candidate and that microblading will provide the results you want. You will then discuss shape, color, and the deeper specifics of your Bellevue microblading results.
Your treatment appointment will last around two or two and a half hours. After cleansing and disinfecting your brows, your microblading artist will apply numbing cream. This will sit for about ten to twenty minutes. After you are numb, your artist will perform brow mapping to mark your natural features and identify the golden ratio. This allows your artist to best shape and shade your brows based on your natural anatomy.
They will then begin tattooing the brows. You should feel little to no pain during the entire process. Though you may feel some pressure from the creation of the hair strokes, it should not be painful. Using the brow map that they previously created, they can align your brows perfectly and provide the ideal brow shape. Brow mapping allows your artist to customize the alignment of the golden ratio based on your anatomy.
Once finished, you will get to look at the results for yourself. Your artist can then immediately touch up areas if necessary. However, touch-ups can also be done once your brows have fully healed. Before you leave, your microblading artist will provide aftercare instructions.
Microblading is not associated with any major downtime or recovery. However, during the treatment, the skin was damaged. Therefore, it needs to heal. Your results can be hindered or even ruined during this time if you are not careful. Most of the time, patients can return to most of their daily activities immediately.
Among the aftercare instructions that your microblading artist will provide may include:
No, not usually. Like with traditional tattoos, hair will continue to grow after the treatment. It may take some time immediately after the procedure, but it should not permanently ruin your natural eyebrows. While the risk is there, it is extremely minute.
Yes, laser tattoo removal can remove microbladed brows. However, microbladed brows last around two to three years. This means that they are typically easier to remove and will fade over time. Most people love their brows and do not want to remove them. However, if you underwent a botched treatment elsewhere or simply just want a more natural look, there are ways to speed up the fading of the ink.
Usually yes, your natural brow hairs will continue to grow and will need to be cleaned up occasionally. However, it generally requires less maintenance overall than non-microbladed brows. Often, right after a microblading procedure, patients may experience some expedited and increased hair growth due to the healing response triggered by microblading.
On average, microblading lasts between two to three years. However, depending on your biology and environmental factors it may last more or less time. Your microblading artist can perform touch-ups to maintain your results. This tends to happen every one to two years for most people. However, when compared to other brow enhancements, this is relatively infrequently.
Additionally, a common concern among patients and clients is that their brows will discolor with time. Many have seen what can happen when traditional tattoo ink or low quality pigment is used for microblading. At Northwest Face & Body, we use only medical grade pigments made with high quality vegan ingredients. We combine medical expertise with the gold standard of brow artistry to create your perfect brows.
Microblading has similar risks to getting a tattoo. They are fairly minimal and unlikely to cause any long term complications or effects. If you have concerns, talk with your microblading artist during your consultation. Some of the risks of microblading include:
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa. Providing the top cosmetic and beauty services, to the Bellevue, Kirkland, and Seattle areas. As a medical practice, we hold our beauty procedures such as microblading to a higher standard than in most salons. This is why Northwest Face & Body offers the best microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
With a state-of-the-art facility on the shores of Lake Washington, Northwest Face & Body caters to patients from around the world. The facility also features on-site medical professionals who ensure the utmost safety. Microblading requires a skilled and trained professional like those at Northwest Face & Body. As certified tattoo artists and with years of experience, they are the best microblade artists in Bellevue and Kirkland.