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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The face and neck are known to be two of the first places to show age. This is because these areas are frequently exposed to the sun and elements, more so than other areas. This causes the skin to thin faster, laxity to set in, and wrinkles to become more prominent in these areas before others. Therefore, when patients reach a certain point, they may seek out facial plastic surgery to restore at least some of their youth. While facelifts and neck lifts are synonymous with these sorts of goals, a lesser known, but just as frequently performed procedure known as platysmaplasty. Northwest Face & Body provides the best platysmaplasty Bellevue and Kirkland.
Taking it's name after the platysma muscles in the front of the neck, the platysmaplasty procedure corrects sagging by tightening and repairing these muscles. It is technically a procedure in it's own right, but rarely performed by itself. Most commonly it is part of a neck lift or facelift. It is possible for the neck to be addressed without platysmaplasty if the only concern and issue is extra skin or fat.
Using dissolvable sutures underneath the skin, the procedure tightens the muscle which not only reduces or eliminates sagging on the neck, but can also improve the look of the jawline. Most successful facelift surgeons will perform this step as a standard part of a facelift. Though, Dr. Allegra will individually each patient to determine if platysmaplasty is right for them.
Platysmaplasty offers many benefits to patients. Similar to muscle plication in a tummy tuck, it overall improves results and leads to better, longer lasting results. Among just some of the benefits of a platysmaplasty include:
Is it better to combine platysmaplasty with a facelift or neck lift? It depends. People age differently and in varying areas. Therefore, one patient may see most of their sagging in the jowls and lower face, but their neck still mostly looks youthful. In this case, a facelift with added platysmaplasty may give this patient the results they want. Conversely, if a patient's concerns are largely localized to their neck, a neck lift with platysmaplasty may be best.
It is common for all three procedures: facelift, neck lift, and platysmaplasty to be performed together. This is great for patients seeing significant lower face and neck sagging and laxity. Dr. Allegra will address this with you and whether you may be a candidate, as well as what specific procedures will provide the results you want.
Northwest Face & Body has provided Bellevue and Kirkland's top facial plastic surgery procedures for over thirty years. Dr. Allegra is an accomplished plastic surgeon who specializes in facelifts, breast augmentation, and other procedures. Along with his accomplishments and recognition as a plastic surgeon, he is also a qualified otolaryngologist which qualifies him to perform many medical based facial surgeries. Therefore, he is a uniquely qualified facial plastic surgeon who has operated on the face on all planes and for both medical and cosmetic purposes. Dr. Ludwig Allegra performs the best platysmaplasty Bellevue and Kirkland offer.
Located at Carillion Point, Northwest Face & Body is minutes away from Bellevue, Kirkland, and the 520 floating bridge. This is a convenient and accessible location from all major Eastside communities as well as Seattle. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online using chat, contact form, or our Price Simulator® app.