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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Permanent makeup treatments are becoming more popular as more and more people want to look their best at all times. The most sought after permanent makeup treatment is microblading which involves using methods similar to tattooing to enhance the shape, volume, and overall appearance of the eyebrows. Northwest Face & Body now offers the best permanent makeup for the eyebrows Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
Permanent makeup for the eyebrows refers to the most common technique for cosmetic eyebrow tattooing. A semi-permanent brow enhancement, it is a type of tattoo that can enhance the shape, thickness, and overall appearance of the eyebrows. Also known as permanent makeup, it differs from other types of permanent makeup because it uses a basic hair-like stroke. It looks natural, but the hair strokes may be slightly thicker than your natural brow hairs.
This was the first permanent makeup technique used and remains the most popular. It also tends to be the most cost effective and recommended for beginners. The traditional method can match any hair type, color, skin type, or brow thickness. Your permanent makeup artist can discuss the various techniques and which may best suit you and your goals.
If permanent makeup is a form of tattooing, why is it semi-permanent? There are several reasons why it was designed to be semi-permanent instead of permanent. On average, permanent makeup lasts around two to three years. Whereas, a traditional tattoo lasts the rest of your life.
The first reason why permanent makeup is semi-permanent is that when traditional tattoo ink fades, it can sometimes appear an unnatural color such as blue, green, or yellow. The pigments used for permanent makeup are specifically designed not to fade this way and to hold the color as they fade. This avoids an unnatural result and helps you keep your brows looking their best for as long as possible.
Secondly, eyebrow trends change. You may not want to keep the exact shape you have forever. Instead of having to go through an arduous removal and re-application process, permanent makeup fades so that you can stay up to date with eyebrow trends.
Finally, laser tattoo removal is the standard for any type of semi-permanent or permanent tattoo. While possible to use laser tattoo removal to fade or remove microbladed brows, many clinics will not do it because it is so close to the eyes. Also, it does come with a slightly higher risk because of this. The laser may also target the hair instead of the pigment which could damage your natural brows. While possible, it is usually saved only for dire situations.
Permanent makeup comes with many benefits. It is one of the hottest permanent cosmetic and esthetic procedures right now because of the desire for a long term enhancement of the eyebrows. Some of the benefits include:
Shorter term brow enhancements do exist. With less commitment and risk involved, some people may find it beneficial to start off with a brow tint or brow lamination procedure. This can help identify the exact shape you like and somewhat preview the results before committing to the longer term microblading results.
Brow lamination is ideal for those who have bushy or averagely dense eyebrows. The procedure can help neaten them up and disguise any patchiness that exists. For those who have sparse eyebrows, brow lamination may not be ideal. However, there are multiple options that your permanent makeup artist or master esthetician can review with you.
Before undergoing a permanent makeup session in Bellevue at Northwest Face & Body, your permanent makeup artist will need to meet with you for a consultation to ensure you are a good candidate. This may take place on the same day as your permanent makeup treatment, or on a separate day. During this appointment, your microblading artist will ask about your goals for the procedure, medical history, aspects of your lifestyle, and other relevant information. They may also perform a brief examination of the brow area.
If they conclude you are a good candidate for Bellevue permanent makeup, they will discuss the specifics of your procedure. This may include the brow shape you want, coloration, and provide some basic instructions for how to prepare and care for your treated brows.
Some preparation steps that your artist might give you include:
To begin your permanent makeup treatment, your artist will first clean and disinfect your brows. This limits the risk of infection. After this, they will apply numbing cream which will sit for ten to twenty minutes. During this time, your permanent makeup artist will review the plan with you and prepare their equipment.
Your permanent makeup artist will also make marks to identify the golden ratio based on your features. This will help them create the ideal brows for your facial features as well as keep the brows symmetrical. They will often do this while you numb.
Upon finishing their markings and you have become numb enough, they will begin applying the permanent makeup to the eyebrows. Also known as microblading, this will involve making fine hair strokes throughout the eyebrow as well as potentially in the skin around it to fill out the shape. Following this intricate process, they clean up around the brow and present your new eyebrows to you.
Permanent makeup does not require a major recovery. However, there are some aftercare instructions you should follow for the best results and healing. Some common permanent makeup aftercare directions include:
Microblading takes around two hours to complete. The process could take more or less time depending on the size of your brows and the specifics of the treatment. Overall, you can expect the microblading process to take two to two and a half hours.
The healing process of microbladed brows will look similar to a tattoo. You may experience some soreness and even scabbing within the first one to two days. It is possible to bruise or see some swelling, but this is less likely and usually not severe. After about three to four days, your brows will likely have settled down in appearance, but precautions should be taken for at least one week to promote the best healing. After about one month, some clients will come back for a touch-up appointment
It is standard practice to have a follow-up appointment four to six weeks after your initial session to put on the finishing touches and make sure everything healed properly. This is only needed after an initial permanent makeup session, subsequent touch-ups are usually done once or twice a year, potentially less.
If you decide to completely change the shape or look of your brows, your permanent makeup artist may recommend another four to six week checkup.
When compared to other brow enhancement procedures, permanent makeup for the eyebrows does have a higher level of discomfort. However, the brow area is numbed before treatment and most patients remain fairly comfortable. You may feel some light pressure and occasional pain, but it is usually minimal, inconsistent, and bearable.
The cost of permanent eyebrow makeup at Northwest Face & Body varies depending on the technique you choose and other specifics. The treatment starts at $300 with a four to six week touch-up starting at $175. You can find more about our pricing on our price list and our Price Simulator app.
The permanent makeup artists at Northwest Face & Body have years of experience and are skilled at creating customized eyebrows using different permanent makeup techniques. Specializing in permanent makeup for eyebrows, powder brows, and combo brows, our permanent makeup artists can achieve the shape and volume of brows you wanted. Using the newest and most advanced techniques, our permanent makeup artists offer the best permanent makeup for the eyebrows Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Northwest Face & Body has provided the gold standard of plastic surgery, cosmetic injections, medical grade skincare, and esthetics for over three decades. Centered perfectly between downtown Bellevue and Kirkland, Northwest Face & Body is easily accessible from the entire Eastside. It is also near the 520 bridge allowing quick access from Seattle as well.
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