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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Cosmetic procedures have a long history. People have used various chemicals and devices to exfoliate the skin and treat scarring to various levels of success. Many cultures around the world have used needles to stimulate healing for cosmetic and medical uses. However, the known modern history of microneedling goes back to 1905. A German dermatologist used a contraption made of rotating wheels and files to treat acne scarring and keratosis.
Towards the end of the twentieth century, plastic surgeons discovered that tattoo needles create small abrasions that improved the look of facial scar tissue. New melanin appeared in the treated areas which created a smoother and more even tone. It was around this time that plastic surgeons began to widely use microneedling.
Nowadays, advancements in microneedling technology continue. The latest breakthrough came with the combination of microneedling and radiofrequency in a procedure called RF microneedling. This highly effective procedure is becoming one of the best for treating the signs of aging, acne scars, and environmental damage.
Today, medical providers use microneedling to treat many skin conditions and cosmetic concerns. While nearly anyone could benefit from microneedling treatment, it is especially effective for certain skin issues. Our master estheticians have years of experience using microneedling to improve the appearance and health of the skin. Among some of the conditions and concerns they treat with Bellevue microneedling include:
Our Bellevue master estheticians commonly use microneedling in conjunction with other treatments for improved results. For example, in the Glow Up package, our master estheticians alternate microneedling and chemical peels. This is designed to provide the ultimate skin rejuvenation and “glow up”.
Other treatments such as the VI Peel, dermaplaning, and facials may enhance the results of microneedling. Based on your skin type, tone, and goals, your master esthetician will put together a customized skincare regimen. The goal is to guide you in achieving your desired results.
As a well rounded procedure, professional microneedling can benefit most people. Depending on various factors, your master esthetician may determine that you are not a candidate, or may benefit from other procedures more. Additionally, when choosing a microneedling provider, it is important to find one that you trust and who understands your goals.
At Northwest Face & Body, we offer free consultations with our master estheticians where you can learn more about microneedling, if you are a candidate, and get your questions answered.
At a consultation, your master esthetician will get to know your skin goals and concerns. After they get a full understanding of what you want to achieve, they will review your pertinent medical history. Your master esthetician may then physically examine your skin to determine if you are a good candidate for Bellevue microneedling.
If you are a good candidate for the procedure, your master esthetician will craft a specialized protocol. This may include the recommended number of sessions and other procedures to get the most out of your treatment.
After microneedling, you can expect your skin to feel and look like a mild sunburn. Some swelling may also occur. This is normal and should subside within a few days. In the meantime, you should carefully protect your skin from the sun and not apply makeup for at least 24 hours. Some products are okay to reduce redness until it goes away. Your master esthetician can provide advice on what products are safe to use following the procedure.
Some people may experience other side effects such as skin peeling or patches of dry skin. If you follow your aftercare instructions and stay in contact with your master esthetician, these should also resolve fairly quickly.
Since microneedling makes punctures in the skin, you should avoid exercise or activities that may cause sweating. This can irritate the treated area and may increase the risk of infection. This is also true of swimming pools, hot tubs, or similar places. Usually, after three to four days, you can resume all activities.
Otherwise, patients do not need to take time off work. Although, your master esthetician may recommend scheduling your first appointment on a Friday to get used to the aftercare. As long as you protect your skin following microneedling in Bellevue, you can return to nearly all your activities.
Microneedling is known as an effective treatment for acne scars. But, can it treat active acne or cystic acne? The answer depends on your particular skin and situation. If you have an active acne breakout, your master esthetician may recommend delaying treatment or work around the breakout. If it is minor, treatment may be able to commence as normal. Microneedling can treat the effects of acne. When it comes to acne, it is largely on a case by case basis.
It is best to avoid makeup for at least 24 hours following microneedling in Bellevue. You should wear sunscreen and can continue much of your normal routine. Makeup can irritate the skin and hinder the healing, which is vital to obtaining a good result. Your master esthetician can share ways to reduce redness and which products you can continue to use.
Sometimes, yes. Depending on your skin, your master esthetician may be able to perform another procedure before or after your microneedling procedure. For example, after microneedling, a patient may undergo a soothing oxygen facial.
It is not uncommon for patients to receive cosmetic injections prior to their appointment. If you opt for dermal fillers, you may want to wait for the filler to settle before microneedling. Otherwise, you can likely receive injections a few days after microneedling.
Microneedling comes in packages based on the number of sessions you need or want. There are also opportunities for add-ons to supercharge the procedure. Following a consultation, your master esthetician can recommend the right microneedling treatment for you. To see our microneedling prices, visit our price list.
Northwest Face & Body also works with outside financing institutions to make all of your cosmetic needs fit within your budget. You can visit our financing page to learn more about the companies we work with and find links to apply.
The master estheticians at Northwest Face & Body have years of experience in performing procedures that improve the quality of the skin. With hands-on training and refined expertise, our master estheticians offer microneedling to treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns. Northwest Face & Body provides the best microneedling in Bellevue and Kirkland.
Nestled on the shores of Lake Washington, Northwest Face & Body is minutes away from downtown Bellevue and Kirkland. Our medical providers include plastic surgeons with decades of experience, Physician Assistants, Registered Nurses, and master estheticians. Having served the Eastside for almost four decades, Northwest Face & Body provides the gold standard of cosmetic treatments and surgery.
To learn more about microneedling and find out if you are a candidate, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also connect with us online via our contact form, chat, or Price Simulator™.
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