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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Photoaging is premature, visible aging caused by exposure to the sun and some artificial sunlight sources such as tanning beds. It can manifest in many different forms such as wrinkles or sun damage. It will normally appear as discoloration like brown spots, redness, or even freckles. A treatment known as a photofacial is one of the most effective ways to reduce photoaging. Northwest Face & Body performs the best photofacial Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
A Bellevue photofacial is an intense pulsed light treatment. Similar to a laser, IPL is a light-based procedure that emits broadband light, or more than one wavelength. It also delivers light to the skin in a pulsating manner that helps saturate the skin with light energy. The light energy targets areas of increased melanin such as brown or red spots.
Since an IPL photofacial emits more than one wavelength of light, it can target multiple unwanted pigments on the skin as well as signs of aging like fine lines and wrinkles. It is not an ablative laser treatment and thus patients do not require anesthesia for it. Many also do not opt for numbing cream, though it is available.
An IPL photofacial is one of the most versatile skin treatments. It treats everything from birthmarks to blood lesions and is generally considered a safe procedure. Unfortunately, since it uses melanin as its indicator to treat skin, a photofacial is not recommended for patients with a skin tone darker than a Fitzpatrick scale III. Thankfully, patients with darker skin do have options to treat pigmentation issues and their skin concerns.
An IPL photofacial can help treat:
The photofacial treatment is commonly used on the face, neck, chest, and hands. This is because these are the areas where aging skin is typically more visible. They also are more prone to discoloration due to increased sun exposure. Though, a photofacial can spot treat scarring, birthmarks, and other instances of hyperpigmentation all around the body.
A photofacial offers several benefits. Though, alongside these benefits, patients must consider the possible risks. While the risks are overall minimal, it is important to consider them. Your master esthetician will help you weigh the benefits and risks and how they pertain to you during your consultation. The benefits of a photofacial include:
As previously mentioned, the risks of an IPL photofacial treatment are minimal for good candidates. With that said, patients should know the possible risks, how to avoid them, and what may increase their individual risk. The risks of a photofacial include:
Most of these risks are completely reversible and treatable. Some people simply react differently or more severely than others. Generally, it does not go beyond some extra aftercare to address these minor complications. Your master esthetician will ensure you are a low risk candidate for major complications.
While an IPL device is different from a laser, the procedures are undeniably similar. Patients considering a photofacial also often are candidates for Fraxel, a form of non-ablative laser resurfacing. Our master estheticians also perform Fraxel treatments and can discuss which treatment will better suit you. Below you can find a comparison of the two procedures below.
Patients who are good candidates for one procedure are often a good candidate for the other. However, it ultimately comes down to what you are hoping to treat. Some people may be able to undergo both procedures. Your master esthetician can help you determine the right treatment for you.
A photofacial should cause some discomfort. If it does not, you are unlikely to see the several benefits of the treatment. With that said, it also is not an overly painful treatment for most people. The photofacial process is often described as feeling like a rubber band snapping against the skin. Some people may also feel a slight burning sensation.
While numbing cream or similar topical anesthetics are not usually applied before treatment, our master estheticians do have it on hand if necessary. The ultrasound gel used during the treatment also helps soothe and cool the skin during treatment.
Yes, when performed on patients who are good candidates, IPL photofacials are perfectly safe. There are some associated risks, though these are generally low. It is also not a surgical procedure, so it comes with fewer risks than a surgical laser resurfacing procedure. Your master esthetician can also perform a laser patch test to ensure your skin does not have an adverse reaction.
Yes, however, you should do your best to avoid makeup for about the first twenty-four hours. Certain tinted moisturizers or sunscreens are often fine. Though, it is best to check with your master esthetician about what is safe to wear following a photofacial.
Our master estheticians will usually recommend not applying makeup if possible. Though, if you need to, it is usually okay, but try to avoid wearing too much. Eye makeup—since the eyes are not treated—typically causes no problems.
The number of photofacials needed to achieve the results you want depends on your goals and the condition of your skin. Additionally, the reaction your skin has after your first treatment can also impact the number of treatments necessary. Most of the time, our master estheticians will recommend a package of three treatments because this provides the best results.
Some people with more extensive sun damage or conditions may need more than three treatments. Also, often, patients will benefit from occasional maintenance treatments, usually about once or twice a year.
Immediately following a photofacial in Bellevue, the treated discoloration often darkens. However, this is temporary and expected. Over the next couple of weeks, the discoloration will slowly fade. For some, one treatment may make a significant difference, this is especially true for spider veins and similar conditions.
Rosacea does tend to take more sessions since it cannot be “cured”. While an IPL photofacial does reduce overall redness, it does not permanently stop rosacea from forming or flaring up. This is why maintenance treatments are often recommended.
The cost of a photofacial t in Bellevue depends on your specific needs and treatment. We offer both single treatments and packages. By default, pricing is for the full face with the option to add on other areas. The starting IPL photofacial pricing is as follows:
Northwest Face & Body does work with outside financing sources including Care Credit. To learn more about financing options and find direct links to apply, visit our financing page. You can also find our full suite of services and pricing on our price list. Then, you can use Price Simulator to add up the projected cost of all the procedures you are interested in.
Northwest Face & Body is a leading plastic surgery practice and medical spa located on the shores of Lake Washington. Perfectly situated minutes from downtown Bellevue, Northwest Face & Body’s convenient location serves patients from all around the Eastside, Pacific Northwest, and beyond. With a thirty-year history of performing only the highest quality aesthetic treatments, Northwest Face & Body provides the best photofacial Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Our master estheticians have years of experience and expertise in medically based aesthetic treatments such as photofacials. Along with IPL and lasers, our master estheticians perform VI Peels, microneedling, carbon laser peels, and oxygen facials. To learn more and schedule a free consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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