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.
Brow enhancement comes in several different forms. Waxing and shaping, threading, and microblading all can alter the characteristics of your eyebrows. Since many people are not born with the currently popular thick, arched brows, they seek out ways to obtain their ideal brows. Few options last longer than a few months. Microblading is the exception and can provide long lasting brow enhancements. Northwest Face & Body offers the best traditional microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Traditional microblading refers to the most common technique for cosmetic eyebrow tattooing. A semi-permanent brow enhancement, it is a type of tattoo that can enhance the shape, thickness, and overall appearance of the eyebrows. Also known as permanent makeup, it differs from other types of microblading because it uses a basic hair-like stroke. It looks natural, but the hair strokes may be slightly thicker than your natural brow hairs.
This was the first microblading technique used and remains the most popular. It also tends to be the most cost effective and recommended for beginners. The traditional method can match any hair type, color, skin type, or brow thickness. Your microblading artist can discuss the various techniques and which may best suit you and your goals.
If microblading is a form of tattooing, why is it semi-permanent? There are several reasons why it was designed to be semi-permanent instead of permanent. On average, microblading lasts around two to three years. Whereas, a traditional tattoo lasts the rest of your life.
The first reason why microblading is semi-permanent is to avoid unwanted color fading. Since microblading uses pigmented ink, this is more likely to fade and sometimes even change color over time. Therefore, keeping the results semi-permanent prevents this from happening.
Secondly, eyebrow trends change. You may not want to keep the exact shape you have forever. Instead of having to go through an arduous removal and re-application process, microblading fades so that you can stay up to date with eyebrow trends.
Finally, laser tattoo removal is the standard for any type of semi-permanent or permanent tattoo. While possible to use laser tattoo removal to fade or remove microbladed brows, many clinics will not do it because it is so close to the eyes. Also, it does come with a slightly higher risk because of this. The laser may also target the hair instead of the pigment which could damage your natural brows. While possible, it is usually saved only for dire situations.
Microblading comes with many benefits. It is one of the hottest permanent cosmetic and esthetic procedures right now because of the desire for a long term enhancement of the brows. Some of the benefits include:
Many brow enhancements currently exist. It can be difficult to know which one is right for you based on your needs and preferences. Your master esthetician or microblading artist can help you determine this during your initial consultation. Another popular brow treatment is brow lamination.
Brow lamination focuses more on reshaping using your existing brows versus adding anything to enhance them. It is essentially a perm of your eyebrows. The table below details more differences between the two treatments to help you make the best decision based on your needs.
Before undergoing microblading in Bellevue at Northwest Face & Body, your microblading artist will need to meet with you for a consultation to ensure you are a good candidate. This may take place on the same day as your microblading treatment, or on a separate day. During this appointment, your microblading artist will ask about your goals for the procedure, medical history, aspects of your lifestyle, and other pertinent information. They may also perform a brief examination of the brow area.
Your artist will then conclude if you are a good candidate for Bellevue microblading. If you are, they will then discuss the specifics of your procedure. The brow shape you want, the right color, and provide some basic instructions for how to prepare and care for your treated brows.
Some preparation steps that your artist might give you include:
To begin your microblading treatment, your artist will first clean and disinfect your brows. This limits the risk of infection. After this, they will apply numbing cream which will sit for ten to twenty minutes. During this time, your microblading artist will review the plan with you and prepare their equipment.
Your microblading artist will also make marks to identify the golden ratio based on your features. This will help them create the ideal brows for your facial features as well as keep the brows symmetrical. They will often do this while you numb.
Once you are properly numb, they will wipe away the numbing cream and begin microblading. Using a single blade, they will embed ink into the skin. Typically, microblading only breaks about two to four layers of skin. It is deep enough to deposit the pigment, but not deep enough to cause major side effects or be permanent. As you can likely infer, this is not as deep as a traditional tattoo. You may feel some pressure, but it should not be overly painful or unbearable.
Microblading does not require a major recovery. However, there are some aftercare instructions you should follow for the best results and healing. Some common microblading aftercare directions include:
Generally, a microblading appointment takes around two hours, more or less. The overall time depends on the starting state of your brows and the type of microblading you opt for. Two hours is the expected time for more patients. This includes numbing, brow mapping, and microblading. Though, if it takes longer to create your perfect brows, your brow artist will take all of the time necessary to do so.
The healing process of microbladed brows will look similar to a tattoo. You may experience some soreness and even scabbing within the first one to two days. It is possible to bruise or see some swelling, but this is less likely and usually not severe. After about three to four days, your brows will likely have settled down in appearance, but precautions should be taken for at least one week to promote the best healing. After about one month, some clients will come back for a touch-up appointment.
Some patients become concerned about the coloration of their brows. It is normal to see the brows darken during the healing process. However, usually within four to six weeks, they have taken on their true pigment. The ink and pigments we use fade naturally without turning another color. Many worry that their brows will turn green as you may have seen with microblading horror stories. However, with medical grade and new, specially formulated inks, this does not happen.
It is standard practice to have a follow-up appointment four to six weeks after your initial session to put on the finishing touches and make sure everything healed properly. This is only needed after an initial microblading session, subsequent touch-ups are usually done once or twice a year, potentially less.
If you decide to completely change the shape or look of your brows, your microblading artist may recommend another four to six week checkup. This will help enhance the arch and boost density. Along with this, our brow artists use perfected techniques, providing the best results in the industry. This may include a touch-up microblading appointment.
No, at least not at Northwest Face & Body. While in Washington State, minors 16 and over can get a tattoo with parental consent, we do not perform microblading on anyone who is not considered a legal adult.
Traditional microblading in Bellevue starts at $300. Other types of microblading will increase the price due to more intricate tattooing techniques or time needed. You can find all of our pricing on our price list.
The microblading artists at Northwest Face & Body have years of experience and are skilled at creating customized eyebrows using different microblading techniques. Specializing in traditional microblading, powder brows, and combo brows, our microblading artists can give you the brows you have always wanted. Not only do they use scientific concepts to obtain results that complement facial symmetry, they also use a variety of artistic skills and knowledge to enhance facial structures and bring the eyes to your best features. Using the newest and most advanced techniques, our microblading artists offer the best microblading Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
Northwest Face & Body has provided the gold standard of plastic surgery, cosmetic injections, medical grade skincare, and esthetics for over three decades. Centered perfectly between downtown Bellevue and Kirkland, Northwest Face & Body is easily accessible from the entire Eastside. It is also near the 520 bridge.