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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It is estimated that by age 80, 80% of men will have experienced some form of genetic related hair loss. Natural aging also thins the hair and cause hair loss. Genetics and aging are among the most common causes of hair loss, and unlike medical conditions or medications, do not have an easy treatment or way to reverse it. While men are much more likely to experience genetic hair loss, women do also experience female pattern baldness and hair loss associated with aging and menopause. If treatment begins early enough, non-surgical or less invasive methods may suffice in restoring hair and preventing hair loss. When hair loss becomes more severe or quick, a procedure known as a minor scalp reduction may be a viable option to treat hair loss. Northwest Face & Body provides the best minor scalp reduction Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
A minor scalp reduction involves removing the portion of the scalp that no longer bears hair and repositioning the hair line to create a fuller head of hair. While it was the dominate surgical technique to treat hair loss in the mid and late 20th century, it has largely fallen out of favor in comparison to hair transplantation. However, there are instances where hair transplant cannot provide adequate results or is limited due to the sheer size of the balding area. This is where a scalp reduction can provide the better results. While severe hair loss is more frequently seen in and associated with men, some women may also be candidates for a minor scalp reduction. It is less common, but not completely unheard of if a woman sees her hairline retreat.
During this procedure, your plastic surgeon makes an incision that roughly follows your existing hair line. Based on usual patterns of hair loss, this is usually a rocket ship or letter 'M' shape. From here, the surgeon will remove that portion of the scalp and carefully stretch the hair bearing skin forward. This recreates a fuller, natural looking hairline. While in most cases, hair grows over the incision area, there is no guarantee. This procedure does come with a small risk of a visible, linear scar. This will be discussed in depth at the consultation and pre-operative appointments.
Although a scalp reduction is not usually the first resort for treating hair loss, it is often the only viable treatment for those with severe (but not total) loss. It is not as commonly performed anymore, but has become a tool during facial feminization and other gender affirming surgeries where the hair line may need repositioned. This is it's most often use today.
Technically, there are two types of scalp reduction: major and minor. Many will not differentiate between the two because they are essentially the same surgery. The only difference is that a major scalp reduction removes more skin and stretches the remaining scalp skin further. A minor scalp reduction can include just an inch or two (though often hair transplant would be preferred for this small of a space). Otherwise, beyond natural deviation in individual surgeries, there is almost no difference between a major scalp reduction and minor scalp reduction.
Yes, though not typically during the same surgery. It is not common for a person to undergo both of these surgeries in quick succession, if they undergo both at all. In some cases, following the scalp reduction, a hair transplant can help treat further thinning and loss. However, your plastic surgeon will likely recommend trying non-surgical hair restoration to maintain your hair and prevent future loss and thinning.
Good candidates for a scalp reduction are people who have a severely receded hair line that can not be adequately recovered with non-surgical methods or hair transplant. Patients cannot be completely bald and must still have a good portion of their scalp that is able to bear hair. Also, transgender patients wanting to alter the position of their hairline are also great candidates for a minor scalp reduction.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery clinic located in Kirkland, WA. Having served the Eastside for over thirty years, the plastic surgeons and providers at Northwest Face & Body customize every surgery, injection, and aesthetic skincare procedure to your specific needs and goals. Our surgeons have decades of experience and perform cosmetic and reconstructive surgery on a variety of patients from all around the world. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator, chat, and contact form.