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 breasts serve as an important focal point of a womanly physique. For women dissatisfied with their breasts, or who have seen major changes in shape or size, this can cause self-consciousness and decreased confidence. Breast augmentation surgery can restore lost breast tissue and create fuller, rounder breasts. Silicone breast implants are one option for breast augmentation that can provide natural looking and feeling results. Primarily, plastic surgeons perform breast augmentation to bring back confidence and change patient lives for the better. Northwest Face & Body performs the best silicone breast augmentation Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Silicone breast augmentation is a breast augmentation method that uses silicone breast implants to enhance the breasts. This type of implant is used in over half of breast augmentation surgeries in the United States. In fact, some surgeons have switched to only placing silicone implants.
Breast augmentation patients have many motivations for seeking surgery. Some have genetically smaller breasts disproportionate to their body. Others may have lost breast tissue over time due to breastfeeding and age. Silicone breast implants can address both of these issues. Additionally, when it comes to breast deformities, such as tuberous breasts or extreme asymmetry, silicone breast augmentation may also improve these conditions.
Silicone breast implants are not the only breast implant option available. Generally, there are two main types of breast implants that plastic surgeons offer saline and silicone. Each breast implant can provide good results in the right patient.
While silicone implants have become a favorite among plastic surgeons and patients, it can be difficult to choose between saline and silicone. The table below compares saline versus silicone implants to give you an idea of which breast implant may be best for your Bellevue breast augmentation.
Your Bellevue plastic surgeon can discuss the differences between saline and silicone breast implants in more detail during a consultation. Ultimately, the decision comes down to personal preference. Silicone breast implants remain the most popular choice among Bellevue breast augmentation patients. Additionally, Dr. Allegra uses Vectra 3D imaging to allow you to see how different implant types and sizes will look on your specific body.
When it comes to placing silicone breast implants, there are three techniques your plastic surgeon can use: the inframammary, periareolar, and transaxillary methods. Northwest Face & Body’s plastic surgeons are well versed in all breast augmentation techniques and experienced at placing silicone breast implants.
The inframammary fold incision is considered one of the best for placing breast implants. It offers a low complication rate, avoids the milk ducts, and gives your plastic surgeon ample access to the breast anatomy. Therefore, it is among one of the most popular incision choices for silicone breast augmentation. Other benefits of the inframammary fold incision include:
The periareolar incision follows the border between the areola and skin. The areola is the darker pigmented skin that circles the nipple. Typically, a periareolar incision creates a half-circle shape the circles the bottom half of the areola.
The main advantage of this breast augmentation incision is that it is unlikely to cause thick scars. However, out of the incision options for silicone breast augmentation, it is more likely to affect the ability to breastfeed. Additionally, not every patient has big enough areolas for this technique to be plausible. Some of the benefits of the periareolar technique are:
The transaxillary breast augmentation technique utilizes an incision in the armpit. The armpit incision is increasingly popular because it keeps scarring completely off the breasts. Like the periareolar incision, it is also unlikely to cause keloids or extremely noticeable scarring.
Some plastic surgeons believe that it is impossible to place a pre-filled silicone implant through an armpit scar. In the right patient, however, it is possible to place a silicone breast implant through a transaxillary incision. Benefits of the transaxillary breast augmentation incision can include:
Decades ago, it was commonplace to insert breast implants just below the natural breast tissue, between the chest muscle and glands. This is known as a subglandular or over the muscle placement. This placement can have many benefits for patients. However, it has largely been abandoned in favor of the submuscular, or under the muscle placement.
Submuscular placement involves lifting the pectoralis muscle and placing the breast implant partially underneath. This placement lowers the risk of capsular contracture and can contribute to more natural looking results.
There is an in-between placement where the breast implant is partially under and above the muscle, known as dual plane. This offers many of the advantages of an over the muscle placement while still lowering the rate of capsular contracture.
While plastic surgeons largely favor submuscular placement, there are some cases where a subglandular placement may be best. At a consultation, you can discuss breast implant placement with your plastic surgeon.
Placing silicone breast implants under the muscle comes with many advantages, such as:
When placing silicone breast implants, an above the muscle placement can offer benefits like:
Both saline and silicone breast implants are FDA approved and perfectly safe for Kirkland breast augmentation surgery. Some patients may prefer saline implants because a rupture would become evident within a matter of days, if not immediately. Conversely, silicone breast implants are linked to lower rates of capsular contracture and complications. Overall, saline and silicone breast implants both offer a safe option for breast augmentation.
Recovery after silicone breast augmentation surgery varies between patients. Usually, patients can expect some similarities in their recovery. Common side effects such as bruising, swelling, pain, and general discomfort typically last about a week. Your Kirkland plastic surgeon will provide pain medication to manage these side effects.
Most breast augmentation patients return to work within a week. If you have a physical job, you may need to take more time off and return to light duty. Patients usually begin to return to some normalcy within three to four days. Some may return to work at this point, but this occurs on a case-by-case basis.
Final results will take time to settle in. With nearly all cosmetic surgeries, skin and tissue settling and full swelling resolution can take nine months to a year. Most patients will see symptoms subside in about two months. Then, final cosmetic results after about a year.
Silicone breast implants are known for their natural look and feel. Some types of silicone implants, such as gummy bear breast implants, may provide the most natural results. Since silicone implants are made of silicone gel, they mimic the soft feel of natural breast tissue.
There is no reason to replace silicone breast implants if you have no issues. In general, it is estimated that the risk of necessary implant replacement goes up about one percent each year. That said, silicone breast implants have been known to last years. Also, most breast implants come with a warranty from the manufacturer.
The price of breast augmentation in Kirkland fluctuates based on silicone implant choice, surgical technique, and other factors. Our Price Simulator™ app offers the base pricing for all our breast augmentation procedures. A better price quote will be provided at your consultation.
Choosing a breast augmentation surgeon can take time and research. At Northwest Face & Body, our plastic surgeons have decades of experience performing all types of breast augmentation surgeries. With refined skills in cosmetic breast surgery, our Bellevue plastic surgeons will answer your questions, address your concerns, and provide you with a comprehensive silicone breast augmentation plan.
Northwest Face & Body is a premier plastic surgery practice located in Kirkland, WA. Easily accessible from I-405 and minutes away from Bellevue, Northwest Face & Body provides the Eastside with the best breast augmentation surgery. Dr. Ludwig Allegra is an accomplished surgeon who has practiced in the Greater Seattle and Bellevue areas since 1983.