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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Plastic surgeons perform thousands of breast enhancement surgeries every year in the United States. This volume leads to natural innovation that better serves the needs of patients and plastic surgeons. This includes improvements in breast implants and surgical techniques. At Northwest Face & Body, our Bellevue plastic surgeons stay on top of the latest advancements to best serve our patients. Transaxillary breast augmentation is just one of the breast augmentation innovations offered to our patients. Northwest Face & Body provides the best transaxillary breast augmentation Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
Transaxillary breast augmentation is a technique that places the incision in the patient’s armpit. Through this incision, your plastic surgeon will place your chosen breast implants. It may seem difficult to place breast implants through a far away incision like one in the armpit. However, a skilled surgeon can easily place breast implants with this method.
In recent years, the transaxillary method has grown in popularity because women do not want scars on their breasts. With this technique, any scarring is well hidden in the armpit. Transaxillary incisions are also known to heal well in most patients.
Transaxillary breast augmentation is a specialized technique that requires a skilled plastic surgeon like those at Northwest Face & Body. Our plastic surgeons take every precaution to minimize the incision and meet your goals.
Transaxillary breast augmentation holds many advantages over other breast augmentation procedures. Many patients find individual benefits from the procedure, especially if not a good candidate for other types. The main benefits of the transaxillary breast augmentation technique include:
When plastic surgeons place breast implants, there are many options for where the breast implants sit. Traditionally, there are three main breast implant placement options: subglandular, submuscular, and dual plane. The different placement options are something you can discuss with your Bellevue plastic surgeon at a consultation.
When breast augmentation first became popularized, the subglandular breast implant placement was the most common. With this placement, your plastic surgeon will create a breast implant pocket above the chest muscle and behind the glands of the breasts.
This placement does have a few advantages like no distortion of the implant with muscle and arm movements. Women who tend to favor this position usually live extremely active lifestyles or are bodybuilders. It can also look more natural in women with a significant amount of breast tissue already.
The main drawback of this placement is that breast implants placed in this position may have a higher likelihood of developing capsular contracture or other complications. Although, subglandular placement may still benefit some patients.
The submuscular placement is the most common and popular option for breast implant placement. In this position, your plastic surgeon will lift the pectoral muscle enough to create the breast pocket. The muscle will then cover the breast implant.
The main advantage of an under the muscle breast implant placement is that the results may look more natural. Submuscular placement is also associated with fewer incidences of capsular contracture and overall complications.
Submuscular placement is associated with a longer recovery than subglandular placement. Considering under the muscle placement significantly reduces the chances of complications, this placement is largely favored by patients and plastic surgeons.
A dual plane breast implant placement combines the subglandular and submuscular approaches. The dual plane placement involves the breast implant only partially covering the breast implants. This sometimes naturally happens with particularly large breast implants.
Dual plane placement provides many of the advantages of both subglandular and submuscular placement. It reduces the chances of complications and can lead to a more natural appearance. Many patients choose a dual plane placement because it can offer a lift to patients with mild breast ptosis.
Researching your breast augmentation options for technique, breast implants, and placement can become an overwhelming endeavor. At Northwest Face & Body, our Bellevue plastic surgeons can guide you through the process. The first step to undergoing your transaxillary breast augmentation surgery is to schedule a consultation at Northwest Face & Body.
At a consultation at Northwest Face & Body, your Bellevue plastic surgeon will first want to understand your goals and expectations. Then, they will review your medical history. Next, they will perform a physical exam to identify your unique anatomical structures. At this point, your Bellevue plastic surgeon can usually determine if you are a breast augmentation candidate.
Once your plastic surgeon determines you are a candidate for transaxillary breast augmentation, they may use Vectra 3D imaging to simulate your results. This can make the breast implant choosing process easier and less stressful.
Before leaving our Kirkland office, you will receive a price quote for your procedure and more information about financing options. It may be possible to schedule surgery if you are ready to move forward.
On the day of your transaxillary breast augmentation, you will come to our Medicare-certified ambulatory surgery center. The Northwest Face & Body team will prepare you for surgery and take your vitals to promote a successful surgery. Your plastic surgeon will then make preliminary markings before you are placed under general anesthesia.
Once fully sedated, your plastic surgeon will begin the procedure. They will make an incision in your armpit. The size of the breast implant and your anatomy typically dictate the length of the incision. Through this incision, your plastic surgeon will create the breast pocket. They will then insert the breast implant.
After the breast implant is in place, the process is repeated for the other breast. Your plastic surgeon will then stitch the incisions after ensuring results. You will then wake up from anesthesia.
One of the major advantages of the transaxillary method is that it offers direct access to behind the muscle. Often, the muscle does not require cutting and lifting like with other breast augmentation methods. The muscle still needs to stretch to accommodate the implant, however, the transaxillary approach lessens the trauma of surgery.
After surgery, you will go home the same day. You will require a caregiver for the first 24 hours. Your plastic surgeon will give you instructions for after surgery and prescribe medications to promote a healthy and smooth recovery. You will need to rest and take it easy for at least a couple of days. Although, it is important to get up and walk to promote healthy circulation.
Most patients can return to work in one week. Depending on the physicality of your job, you may have to return on light duty. Most forms of exercise can begin at two weeks, although you should avoid lifting and movements that may harm your incisions. Attending all post-op appointments and staying in contact with your surgeon will ensure you can return to activities quickly.
Many patients and plastic surgeons note that transaxillary incisions tend to heal well. Often becoming hidden in the natural crease of the armpit, or fading almost completely. Every patient will see a unique scar and no two patients will heal exactly the same. Luckily, due to the skin type in the armpit, transaxillary incisions are unlikely to keloid or form thick scars. This makes the technique a possible option for patients who tend to develop noticeable or thick scars.
Yes! It is a common misconception that plastic surgeons cannot place silicone breast implants with a transaxillary incision. While not every patient is a candidate, it is possible to place silicone breast implants through an armpit incision.
Choosing saline breast implants for the transaxillary method will minimize the incision to the smallest one possible. You can discuss the choice between saline and silicone implants with your plastic surgeon to determine the one best for your transaxillary breast augmentation in Bellevue.
After surgery, many patients wonder when they can shave their armpits after surgery. This depends on your healing process. Most plastic surgeons will advise you to wait at least four to five days before shaving. You should also avoid getting too close to the incision. However, if you are comfortable waiting, it usually becomes safe to shave normally within a month or so. Your plastic surgeon will monitor your healing closely to determine when you can begin shaving again.
Some patients become concerned that their breast implants will sit too far apart when placed through armpit incisions. This is understandable. However, the breast tissue extends into the armpit. This access point allows for precise placement of breast implants, just like other incision types.
The transaxillary approach for breast augmentation is a perfectly safe surgery. Transaxillary breast augmentation may carry fewer risks and ultimately be safer than other breast augmentation techniques. During your consultation, your plastic surgeon can determine if transaxillary breast augmentation in Bellevue is the safest approach for you.
The cost of Bellevue transaxillary breast augmentation will depend on the breast implant you choose and the specifics of your surgery. For your convenience, we keep our starting breast augmentation prices on our price list. We also offer a personalized price quote simulator that allows you to explore all options available. You can also receive a customized, preliminary quote.
Northwest Face & Body provides high quality plastic surgery services to the entire Eastside. Centrally located in Kirkland, our office and surgical center is easily accessible from all major hubs including Bellevue, Kirkland, and Seattle. Serving our patients since 1983, Northwest Face & Body is dedicated to innovating our procedures to best meet our patient’s needs.
Our plastic surgeons and the team at Northwest Face & Body are some of the most experienced and talented in their field. With board-certified cosmetic surgeons, licensed anesthesia providers, and full nursing staff, Northwest Face & Body provides a safe environment for your procedure.
To schedule a consultation at Northwest Face & Body, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also connect with us online via our contact page, chat, or Price Simulator™ app.