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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Microblading is a form of semi-permanent tattoo that enhances the shape, density, and pigment of the eyebrows. Many people have naturally thin brows or are simply tired of spending so much time applying makeup, so they may seek out microblading for a longer term solution. Unfortunately, when low-quality pigments are used, or an unskilled provider is seen, the eyebrows can heal unsatisfactorily. Revising the microblading can then become necessary. The best revision microblading Bellevue and Kirkland offers is at Northwest Face & Body.
First, it is important to note that not all bad results come from low-quality supplies or unskilled providers. Over years, the color can simply fade into another color or heal badly. However, in most cases, this is avoidable when using quality materials and seeing an experienced provider. Still, luckily, bad microblading results are generally fixable. Let’s look at some of the common issues that lead to the need for microblading revision.
Either upon healing or even years later, the pigment can fade into an unnatural color such as green or blue. The brows can also significantly lighten into a grayish color. These are the most commonly seen color issues with microblading, but thankfully, some solutions can fix them and also prevent them it happening again.
Your microblading artist will first use a pigmented corrector. These correctors use the complementary color on the color wheel to neutralize the unwanted pigment. From there, you will heal and then come back to have new brows applied. In cases where the pigmentation issue is not severe, it may take place in one appointment.
Unnaturally thick or needle strokes spaced too far apart are one of the most commonly seen bad results seen after microblading. If this persists after healing, it may be time to consider a Bellevue microblading revision. Depending on the age of your brows, the exact revision technique will vary.
Sometimes your microblading artist may use powder brows or combo brows to hide the strokes. This creates a more cohesive look that will hide the strokes. In other cases, your artist may simply add more strokes to even out the spacing and make the brows look natural.
The eyebrows are naturally asymmetrical. However, this asymmetry is normally not noticeable. If microblading goes wrong and you are left with visibly asymmetrical brows, there are some options. Additionally, an undesirable shape can usually be corrected.
Your Bellevue microblading artist will map out the golden ratio in accordance with your facial features. From there, they will work with you to create your ideal brow shape. The golden ratio ensures the brows are properly positioned and makes it unlikely for asymmetry or massive misshaping to happen.
Undergoing a revision microblading session does come with some benefits and risks like all other procedures. While many are the same as a regular microblading treatment, some are more specific to a revision. The benefits can include:
The risks—like with traditional microblading—are minimal, but it is important to understand them before undergoing a microblading revision. The risks can include:
The first step to undergoing revision microblading in Bellevue is to schedule a consultation with our microblading artist. They will examine the condition of your existing brows as well as ask you about your goals. Next, they may ask a few questions about your medical history and lifestyle such as if you have any allergies and if you smoke. From there, they examine your skin type and tone as this can inform their treatment plan. If they believe you are a candidate for revision microblading, they will go on to describe their plan of action.
Sometimes, it is possible to start the revision process at the same appointment. Otherwise, you can schedule your appointment before leaving. Northwest Face & Body works with outside financing and provides starting prices on our price list so you can budget for your procedure.
A microblading revision usually takes one or two sessions. If color correction is needed, they will apply the color correction pigment first. Often, this needs to heal to neutralize the color of your brows and prevent the new pigment from turning as well. At the second session, your microblading artist will create your new brows. For other corrections, only one session may be necessary.
Before starting the microblading process, your brow artist will apply numbing cream to limit discomfort during the treatment. They will also disinfect the brows before microblading. From there, the procedure will look and feel similar to your original treatment. Revision appointments tend to range in duration of appointment more than a first-time microblading appointment does.
After your revision microblading, the aftercare process will mirror the original one. Though, you may need to use more caution than before to promote the absolute best results. Some of the common instructions our microblading artists give includes:
Microbladed brows are considered a semi-permanent procedure. Thus, they will eventually fade in about two to three years on average. However, if you want to remove them before that, there are some options.
Ultimately, if wanting to remove your microbladed brows, it is best to see a microblading artist or master esthetician who can help create a plan that maintains your existing brows while removing the pigment.
As previously mentioned, retinoids can help speed up the process of fading microblading. However, this is generally not recommended, especially so close to the eyes. If you normally use retinol, it is fine to continue using it, but trying to use retinol specifically to remove microblading pigment is not effective or safe in the hands of someone without professional knowledge and experience.
Your provider may provide you with some tips for speeding up the fading process. However, it is best only to follow at-home directions given by a professional who knows your specific needs and circumstances.
Yes, makeup can sometimes cover small microblading issues. If a patient is satisfied with this solution, it is perfectly okay to simply use makeup. However, since many patients seek out microblading to avoid applying brow makeup, it is understandable that they may want a different solution.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice and medical spa. Providing the top cosmetic and beauty services, to the Bellevue, Kirkland, and Seattle areas. As a medical practice, we hold our beauty procedures such as microblading to a higher standard than in most salons. This is why Northwest Face & Body can perform the best revision microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
With a state-of-the-art facility on the shores of Lake Washington, Northwest Face & Body caters to patients from around the world. The facility also features on-site medical professionals who ensure the utmost safety. Microblading requires a skilled and trained professional like those at Northwest Face & Body. As certified tattoo artists and with years of experience, they are the best microblading artists in Bellevue and Kirkland.