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 semi-permanent procedure that creates hair-like strokes to enhance the color, density, and appearance of the eyebrows. With so much success creating hyperrealistic eyebrows, microblading artists began using the high-end technology and technique on other thinning areas of hair such as the hairline and scalp. Today, scalp microblading is one of the up-and-coming cosmetic procedures of the future. Northwest Face & Body provides the best scalp microblading Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Scalp microblading, also sometimes called scalp micropigmentation (SMP) is used for men and women who are experiencing a thinning hairline or patchiness. In some cases, a technique known as micropigmentation can be used to restore the look of a close buzz cut and natural hairline for men who have gone completely or almost completely bald.
The procedure uses the same philosophy of microblading, but the techniques can differ slightly. For example, using only a single-bladed tool and creating hair strokes like you would with traditional microblading can end up leading to unnatural results after healing.
Therefore, many consider the best course of action is something that more closely resembles the combo brows technique. Some hair strokes may be created, but otherwise, a dot technique is used to boost the illusion of fullness and create more shape to the hairline.
Hair loss has several causes. While generally more common in men, women can also experience hair loss around the hairline and on the scalp. The exact causes vary between people. Some frequent causes of hair loss include:
Some hair loss can be treated by treating an underlying cause such as a medical condition. However, in other cases where thinning or hair loss is due to aging, genetics, or similar factors, slowing the hair loss and treating the appearance may be your only options.
There are many benefits to undergoing a scalp micropigmentation treatment. Like brow microblading, it can create a natural look that boosts the density and fullness of the hairline or scalp. Some of the benefits and advantages include:
Brow microblading works well for people with nearly any skin type and brow condition. However, scalp microblading does have a smaller pool of potential candidates since it does require having some form of noticeable hair loss or thinning. While it does not have to be excessive, someone with a full head of hair who has not experienced any hair thinning is likely not an ideal candidate.
Additionally, not all hair loss is adequately treated with microblading or micropigmentation. Unless you plan to wear your hair in a close buzz cut, the technique does not work well for patches of lost hair. However, in men that are bald or keep their hair close shaved, micropigmentation is a great option to restore the hairline and appearance of hair.
Otherwise, as long as a client is healthy, they are likely a good candidate for scalp microblading in Bellevue. Your microblading artist will determine if you are a good candidate for scalp microblading during a consultation at Northwest Face & Body.
Like many other cosmetic procedures, there are some contraindications. Some situations or conditions that may hinder eligibility for scalp microblading include:
Before undergoing a microblading procedure, you will meet with one of our talented brow artists. This allows them to get an understanding of your goals and the treatment areas. They will ask about the look you are going for, where you want to treat, aspects of your medical history and lifestyle, and finally, will examine the area.
If your microblading artist believes you are a good candidate, they will discuss the specifics of the procedure further. This can involve the techniques they recommend, color matching, and providing an exact map of where the results will fall. You can then schedule your treatment.
The first step in the scalp micropigmentation process is to clean and disinfect the treatment areas. This prevents infection and removes any oils or environmental debris that may be present. Generally, your artist will use alcohol to do this. From there, they will apply the numbing cream.
The numbing cream stays on for at least twenty minutes, if not longer. After they remove it, they will get started. Using either a single blade, motorized device, or a combination of both, they will begin adding pigment under the skin that matches your hair color. This may include using hair strokes or fine dots.
Like traditional eyebrow microblading, the treatment takes around two hours. However, in the case of scalp microblading, it can take up to four hours, if treating the entire scalp or a particularly large area.
Following your scalp microblading, the instructions will be similar to brow microblading. Though, if you only had the dot method performed (micropigmentation), then you may differing directions. Some of the basic aftercare instructions you can expect may include:
It is okay to wear a hat after treatment to protect the scalp from the sun and hide the redness. Side effects should subside within a week or so. Overall, it will take about a month to fully heal.
Most people do agree that scalp microblading is more painful than brow microblading. This is because the skin of the scalp is more sensitive than the brows. Numbing cream is still used, but patients may feel slightly more pain or discomfort than if they underwent microblading for the eyebrows.
Some people who have microblading performed on the scalp notice that it accelerates hair growth due to increased collagen to the hair follicles. This is not guaranteed and does not happen for everyone. Many notice no difference in scalp hair growth after microblading. Additionally, it should be noted that if you want to remove the pigment, the only option is laser tattoo removal. This can have the inadvertent effect of removing hair as well.
It depends on the hair restoration methods you plan to use. In some cases, it should cause no problems. Other times, you may not be able to continue treatment or use certain medications or treatments for hair loss. Ultimately, it is best to discuss with your artist and/or one of our hair restoration specialists if scalp microblading and your chosen hair restoration method are compatible.
Yes, scalp microblading or scalp micropigmentation can hide scarring. If the scarring is raised, however, it cannot completely disguise it. In general, scalp microblading is a great way to hide scalp scarring where hair may not naturally grow over. The treatment can help it look like natural hairs over the scar.
The cost of scalp microblading depends on the size of the treatment area. The most accurate pricing is provided after a consultation at Northwest Face & Body. You can find more pricing information on our price list.
Northwest Face & Body is located on the shores of Lake Washington in Kirkland, WA. A luxury plastic surgery practice and medical spa, they offer medical-grade salon treatments such as microblading, lash and brow services, and chemical peels. Performed by some of the best providers in the state, Northwest Face & Body offers the best scalp microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provides.
The microblading artists at Northwest Face & Body are certified tattoo artists who are skilled in all major microblading techniques. Whether you have a small scar you want to be covered or need to completely reconstruct the hairline, microblading and micropigmentation may work for you.