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.
In the media, it may seem like the primary plastic surgery demographic is young women in their twenties or people over fifty seeking facelifts. However, the average plastic surgery patient is a woman between 35 and 50. This is because this is when the signs of aging become most visible and women often have already had any children by or within this time range. A mommy makeover is among one of the most sought plastic surgeries in this demographic. Northwest Face & Body offers the best mommy makeover Vancouver has available.
By definition, a mommy makeover is a body contouring surgery that combines at least one breast procedure and one body procedure. The exact combinations will vary from patient to patient. This means that the term “mommy makeover” does not refer to one specific surgery since it can look drastically different depending on the patient’s needs and goals.
While the breasts and abdomen—the two areas most affected by pregnancy and childbirth—are the main focus of a mommy makeover, it can occasionally treat other areas as well. As a combination surgery, patients need to be able to withstand a longer surgical session and multiple procedures at once. In most cases, a healthy patient with realistic expectations is a good candidate. Though, Dr. Allegra will discuss this with you during your consultation.
Mommy makeover surgery was designed to treat the bodily changes seen following pregnancy and having children. Since every woman will see varying changes, the mommy makeover is completely customizable. Some of the changes that women see after having children include:
Of course, there are several other physiological changes that the body may experience such as depression, hair loss, increased sweating, and more. A mommy makeover aims to address as many cosmetic and some other issues as possible. For example, in some cases, urinary incontinence is improved with a tummy tuck. Still, correcting cosmetic changes with a mommy makeover can help a woman feel better about herself in the difficult post-partum period.
A mommy makeover comes with many benefits. Some of the benefits and advantages patients may experience include:
On average, a mommy makeover consists of two to four procedures. Many surgeries are sometimes performed as part of a mommy makeover. During your consultation, Dr. Ludwig Allegra will discuss the ideal procedures for your mommy makeover that will help you see the results you want.
Breast augmentation via the placement of breast implants or fat transfer is a common surgery performed during a mommy makeover. It is common after having a baby and getting past the initial engorgement and/or finishing breastfeeding to lose breast volume and fullness. This can leave patients with much smaller chests than they had before and even lead to sagging. Thus, adding volume to the breasts can help enhance overall body contours and restore natural breast fullness.
Due to rapid changes in breast size, weight, and hormonal changes, the skin of the breasts expands rapidly. This can eventually cause the breasts to sag due to the presence of extra skin, extra or less volume, and the quick change in breast size. A breast lift can reposition the nipple and breast tissue into a perkier position.
It is important to note that breastfeeding often is not possible or guaranteed following this. Therefore, Dr. Allegra prefers that you are done having children.
Sometimes in women who had large breasts before pregnancy, or other rare cases, the breasts can actually expand in size rapidly and dramatically. While not always unwelcome, it can cause back and neck pain as well as other uncomfortable complications. A breast reduction can alleviate these side effects in women who experience overly large breasts after having a baby.
The abdomen arguably takes the most damage following pregnancy. Some women may notice that their skin retracts well, but with subsequent pregnancies, the skin will retract less. Extra, loose skin is one of the most common complaints following pregnancy. A tummy tuck is usually the best option for removing it.
Dr. Allegra removes the extra skin, tightens the abdominal muscles, and pulls the remaining skin taut over the repaired abdomen. If you had a C-section, the incision will mirror the C-section scar and typically remove it. Though, it is replaced with the tummy tuck scar.
It is normal to gain weight during pregnancy. Often, this fat can take a long time to come off, and some may even stubbornly stay in certain areas. These disproportionate fat pockets tend to respond well to liposuction treatment. It is best to lose a good amount of the baby weight before undergoing a mommy makeover because it is only meant to remove the smaller portions of fat that stick around.
While not traditionally part of a Vancouver mommy makeover, a Brazilian butt lift is sometimes added to the procedure. If performing extensive liposuction, your plastic surgeon can transfer it to the buttocks as part of your mommy makeover. Not all patients will be good candidates for a BBL, or for combining it with a mommy makeover. Occasionally, may undergo a Brazilian butt lift following their mommy makeover.
Like a BBL, a thigh lift is not routinely part of a mommy makeover. However, many patients interested in the procedure also want to enhance their thighs. While thigh liposuction is commonly performed during a mommy makeover, some patients may benefit more from a thigh lift which removes extra skin on the thighs to restore a more youthful appearance.
Yes, the breasts and tummy are also affected by age. Thus, women do not necessarily need to actually be mothers to benefit from a mommy makeover procedure. The surgery is named as such because it is most often performed on mothers and was specifically designed to treat the damage done to the body after becoming a mother.
A mommy makeover is not a weight loss procedure. While some fat may be removed, it is not usually a substantial amount. With that said, as long as you are within about ten to fifteen pounds of where you want to be, you will likely see good results.
Additionally, weight does not always have to do with excess fat and it is best to evaluate each patient individually, beyond their weight. It is not uncommon for patients to use their mommy makeover results as a motivator for further weight loss.
The length of the surgical session can take anywhere from two hours to upwards of seven or more hours. Ultimately, it depends on the type and number of procedures part of your Vancouver mommy makeover. Dr. Allegra can provide a more accurate estimate during your consultation and pre-operative appointments.
Choosing to travel to Northwest Face & Body for your mommy makeover surgery is a decision that deserves consideration. However, Northwest Face & Body caters specifically to patients traveling from Vancouver and beyond. Some of the reasons to choose Northwest face & Body for your Vancouver mommy makeover include:
Northwest Face & Body is a leading plastic surgery practice in Washington State. With over thirty years of serving surgical and non-surgical patients, Dr. Allegra and his team provide high-quality care. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, enjoy your stay in the picturesque nature of the lakeside of Kirkland, Washington. Northwest Face & Body provides the best mommy makeover Vancouver performs.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra first opened Northwest Face & Body in the 1980s. He has continued to refine his techniques and keep up to date with the latest and safest techniques. Northwest Face & Body continues to offer a welcoming and affirming environment to all patients from all around the world.