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 success of hair loss treatments is often dependent on the quality of the skin and hair follicles of the scalp. After a certain period, or due to the cause of hair loss, the skin or follicles may be too damaged to grow hair again. This damage may be physical (injuries, burns, etc.) or biological (medications, hormones, genetics, etc.). When this happens, the hair restoration options become limited to a scalp restoration or a tissue expander, referred to in this context as a scalp expander. Northwest Face & Body provides the best scalp expander Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
A scalp expander is a type of tissue expander made especially for the scalp area. Tissue expanders are essentially inserted into the area and slowly expanded using various methods to stretch the skin and tissue in the treatment area. The scalp is unique because unlike most areas of the body, the expanded skin continues to bear hair. This makes scalp expander treatment a viable option to treat hair loss, particularly genetic hair loss.
In male pattern baldness, hair loss tends to start at the hairline and move backward. The hair on the sides and back of the head are more resistant to the hormones that cause genetic hair loss. Therefore, a plastic surgeon can insert a scalp expand and slowly move the more resistant hair forward. Depending how much the scalp is expanded, the plastic surgeon may also need to remove some skin which may be a minor or major scalp reduction.
The procedure is fairly non-invasive, but does require regular appointments and follow up. It can take several months to expand the scalp to the desired degree. However, results are likely to last and even if hair loss occurs afterward, the placement of hormone resistant hair further up on the scalp means that you should maintain more hair overall. Additionally, tissue expansion of the scalp often yields good results and comes with little risk because of the high vascularity of the scalp.
The initial placement of the tissue expander will take about one to two hours. After this surgical area heals, your surgeon will begin expanding the area. The expander itself is similar to a balloon. Over the coming weeks and months, your surgeon will gradually fill the expander with either air of liquid. This will slowly cause the scalp to expand and the hair bearing areas to grow in size. The number of expansion sessions you will need largely depend on your goals and anatomy. However, patients often need at least one or two and sometimes upwards of four or five expansion sessions. These sessions are also usually performed with local anesthesia and often without sedation.
It depends on how much the tissue needs to expand. For some, the expand may only stay in a few weeks while for others it may stay in for six months or more. Generally, the expander will stay in at least four to six weeks since expansion cannot begin until the initial surgical area heals. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon can provide a better estimate once they can evaluate your specific needs and situation.
Some patients do experience some minor discomfort after expansion sessions. Others experience little to no pain at all. Regardless, most patients do not find it overly painful. The expansions themselves usually consist of injections and your provider will numb the area prior to these injections.
Northwest Face & Body consists of surgical and non-surgical hair restoration specialists. Our plastic surgeons also have decades of experience performing facial plastic surgery, making them extremely qualified to perform scalp expander surgery for hair loss. Along with this, the office is perfectly located to accommodate patients from the Eastside, Seattle, and beyond. On the shores of Lake Washington, Northwest Face & Body is a few minutes drive from Bellevue and Kirkland, and often fifteen to twenty minutes from Seattle. To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form.
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