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.
A midface lift, also called a cheek lift, is a facial plastic surgery procedure that lifts and corrects sagging cheeks. Sagging cheeks usually occur when the natural fat in the cheeks begins to descend. Usually, this is due to aging. The surgery repositions these structures into their natural, youthful position.
While a traditional facelift can provide some correction to the cheeks, it does not address the issue fully. Conversely, if jowls or your neck are your primary concern, a lower facelift will likely best meet your needs. Occasionally, these procedures are combined.
A midface lift primarily addresses aging and descending structures. The procedure can correct a number of cosmetic concerns. Some of the conditions that a cheek lift may improve include:
Aging does not happen the same for everyone. Some may see jowls form, but their cheeks remain in their natural position. Others may see their midface take on a heavier appearance, while their lower face needs only minor correction. In the first situation, a facelift is most appropriate. For the second, a cheek lift procedure will likely provide the best result. This is difficult to detect and takes the trained eye of a plastic surgeon to determine which procedure will meet your goals. The table below shows the difference between the two procedures and may provide insight into which may benefit you most.
The two procedures also feature many similarities. Both surgeries target the effects of aging on the face and utilize similar surgical techniques. For instance, a facelift and midface lift both reposition facial structures including the skin, fat, tissue, and muscle. Your plastic surgeon will also use small incisions hidden near the ear for either procedure. Finally, patients often choose to combine other surgical and non-surgical procedures with their facelift surgery.
Before undergoing a cheek lift in Bellevue, you will come to a consultation at Northwest Face & Body to determine if you are a good candidate for the surgery. At our office, you will meet with Bellevue plastic surgeon, Dr. Ludwig Allegra, to discuss your goals for the procedure. Dr. Allegra will also review your medical history and discuss elements of your lifestyle. After this conversation, he will then examine your face and conclude if you are a good candidate for a midface lift.
Following your consultation with Dr. Allegra, you will receive a price quote and financing information. You are free to ask more questions after your consult. You can then schedule surgery once Dr. Allegra determines you are a viable candidate.
The day of your Bellevue midface lift will begin when you come to our state-certified surgery center. The Northwest Face & Body team will prepare you for surgery by taking your vitals and you will meet with Dr. Allegra where he will make surgical markings. Following a successful check in and preparation, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.
Dr. Allegra will begin the surgery by making an incision near or behind your ear. He is careful to hide the incision in the natural creases and folds of the body to keep them as concealed as possible. Through these incisions, he will reposition the tissue, fat, and skin of the cheeks. He may also tighten the underlying muscle structures.
To accommodate your new facial structure, Dr. Allegra may trim away some extra skin for a tighter, more youthful appearance. Finally, he will check for symmetry and stitch the incisions.
When you wake up from surgery, you will recover briefly in our office until fully awake and cleared to go home. Your caretaker will then take you home and you can begin your recovery at home. For the first few days, you may experience some side effects like pain, bruising, swelling, and redness. Dr. Allegra will prescribe medications to ease these side effects.
Most patients take at least one week off work following a Bellevue cheek lift. Once side effects go away and you feel better, Dr. Allegra will evaluate whether you can return to work and other activities. You will need to avoid strenuous activities for at least two weeks and certain forms of exercise for longer. Dr. Allegra may also provide personalized instructions for your midface lift based on your medical history and procedure.
Cheek fillers are an option to add volume to the cheeks and can treat a “heavy appearance” to the cheeks. For younger patients, cheek fillers may be the preferred way to enhance the cheeks. Other times, adding volume to the cheeks will not adequately address the descending structures. Dr. Allegra can take a look at the anatomy of your cheeks and determine if cheek augmentation or a midface lift is appropriate.
Yes, if you have experienced facial thinning as well as descending structures, cheek implants may be a wonderful addition to your midface lift surgery. Dr. Allegra can discuss the benefits of cheek augmentation with you and if it will improve the look of your midface lift.
Since a cheek lift does not add volume, it is understandable that patients may want to define the look of their cheeks. This is not always necessary because a cheek lift may provide additional definition that looks like more volume. Although, cheek filler and cheek implants can add more volume if needed.
The price of a midface lift at Northwest Face & Body will depend on certain factors and if you combine it with other procedures. Our price list features starting points for our most popular procedures. To view an extensive list of our procedures and to find out the added up costs of all the procedures you are interested in, try our Price Simulator™. Ultimately, a final price will be provided at your consultation.
Our bodies usually begin to show their age long before we feel old. This is never more true than in the face. The nasolabial folds can appear even in young patients and a cheek lift is the only way to provide long lasting correction to this area. Dr. Ludwig Allegra is an accomplished plastic surgeon with over three decades of experience. He specializes in facelift surgeries and provides the best midface lift Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Northwest Face & Body’s surgical facility is top of the line and state-of-the-art. Medicare-certified, our surgery center meets some of the highest possible standards for outpatient surgery. Along with this, Northwest Face & Body fulfills all surgical and non-surgical cosmetic needs.
To learn more or find out if you are a candidate for a midface lift, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also contact us online via our Price Simulator™ app, chat, or contact form.