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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There are many techniques plastic surgeons use to place breast implants. The three most common breast augmentation methods are the inframammary fold, transaxillary, and periareolar. Each of these refers to the location of the incision. In the early 1990s, a new breast augmentation technique placed breast implants through an incision in the belly button. Known as transumbilical breast augmentation, or the TUBA technique, this method was refined over the next decade. It is now slowly gaining popularity as a breast augmentation technique, especially in the United States. Northwest Face & Body offers the best transumbilical breast augmentation Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
When it comes to the incision location options for breast augmentation in Bellevue, a transumbilical incision is the furthest from the breasts. This poses unique advantages and challenges. For patients, scarring is well hidden in the belly button and can lead to an easier recovery. Few plastic surgeons are qualified to perform this procedure. It is important to find a plastic surgeon well versed in transumbilical breast augmentation.
The procedure involves making a small incision in the belly button and creating tunnels just below the skin. Your plastic surgeon will then guide the breast implants through these tunnels and into place. When performed by a qualified and talented plastic surgeon, the transumbilical approach offers many advantages.
Transumbilical breast augmentation offers many benefits to good candidates for the procedure. As previously mentioned, the most favored benefit is that it keeps scarring away from the breasts, and in most cases, invisible. Other notable benefits of transumbilical breast augmentation include:
Generally, good candidates for breast augmentation are likely also good candidates for transumbilical breast augmentation. The technique lends itself well to all body types and can offer good results to breast augmentation patients.
Transumbilical breast augmentation can only use saline breast implants. Therefore, patients who have a preference for saline breast implants are better candidates for the procedure. Additionally, patients who are not good candidates for silicone implants may benefit from transumbilical breast augmentation.
In general, candidates for the transumbilical approach:
Considering that transumbilical breast augmentation is a specialized technique, patients can find it difficult to find the right surgeon for Bellevue breast augmentation. At Northwest Face & Body, our team of plastic surgeons aims to make the breast augmentation process as stress free as possible.
First, you will come to a consultation with a Bellevue plastic surgeon. At this consultation, your plastic surgeon will determine if you are a good candidate for transumbilical breast augmentation.
To begin, they will want to understand your goals and expectations for the procedure. Next, they will review your medical history. Finally, your plastic surgeon may conduct a physical exam to recommend the best technique and breast implant to reach your goals.
Your breast augmentation consultation may also include Vectra 3D imaging to digitally create what your results may look like. This can also help in choosing the right implant size and type.
Before undergoing your Bellevue transumbilical breast augmentation, you will attend a pre-operative appointment. At this appointment, you will receive instructions on how to prepare for surgery. Your plastic surgeon will likely request that you stop smoking well in advance of the procedure. They will also give instructions for surgery day and your recovery. Such as the best type of clothing to wear on surgery day.
On the day of your transumbilical breast augmentation, you will come to our accredited surgery center. The Northwest Face & Body team will check you in and prepare you for surgery. This includes running preliminary tests and taking your vitals. Your plastic surgeon will then make preliminary markings.
Once cleared, a licensed anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia. You will remain perfectly comfortable throughout the surgery. Your plastic surgeon will then make the incision in your belly button. They will start by creating the tunnels through which they will place the breast implants. This involves inserting a tool through the incision and under the skin.
When your plastic surgeon finishes making the tunnels, they will carefully insert the breast implants. One by one, your plastic surgeon will guide the implant through the tunnels and into the breasts. They will then position them.
Finally, your Bellevue plastic surgeon will test the breast implant placement at different angles before stitching the incision. In most cases, transumbilical breast augmentation takes between one and two hours. At this point, you will slowly begin to wake up from anesthesia.
Plastic surgeons have noted that transumbilical breast augmentation patients often see an easier and less painful recovery. This will certainly not be the case for every patient, and there is still pain and downtime involved. Your Bellevue plastic surgeon will prescribe a painkiller and antibiotic to promote a healthy and comfortable recovery.
While your incision differs from other options, many of the recovery instructions from other techniques also apply to transumbilical breast augmentation. Your plastic surgeon will likely give you instructions like:
Since the transumbilical incision is away from the breasts, this reduces the chances of popping a stitch or harming your incision. Also, this may lead to a lessened chance of infection. Some studies have noted that the transumbilical approach may have links to lower capsular contracture rates.
Unfortunately, no. Silicone gel breast implants come pre-filled. Therefore, the tunnels your plastic surgeon creates cannot accommodate silicone breast implants. While plastic surgeons continue to innovate breast augmentation surgery, currently it is not possible to place silicone implants with this method. Saline implants are the standard for the TUBA procedure and can provide fantastic results in the right candidate
Transumbilical breast augmentation is perfectly safe when performed by an experienced plastic surgeon trained in the belly button incision. Many studies show that transumbilical breast augmentation may lower some risks and contribute to lower rates of complication.
The transumbilical approach does not typically take longer than traditional breast augmentation methods. A plastic surgeon can often perform a breast augmentation surgery in under two hours, and sometimes in under one hour.
The amount of time your transumbilical breast augmentation in Kirkland will take largely depends on the specifics of the procedure. It can also change depending on the surgery itself.
The cost of transumbilical breast augmentation varies based on breast implant type and the tenants of your surgery. To get a good idea of the starting breast augmentation costs, you can view our Price List. Our Price Simulator™ also allows you to explore the options available at Northwest Face & Body and receive a preliminary price estimate.
No, breast augmentation recovery is highly individualized. However, the transumbilical method usually does not significantly reduce recovery time. With that said, the small, tension-free incision often heals better and faster than incisions under stress from the augmented breasts.
Some claim that a transumbilical breast augmentation results in less post-operative pain than traditional techniques. Although, breast implants placed transumbilically can also be placed under the muscle. This results in a similar recovery to other incisions with an under the muscle placement.
Breast augmentation, like every surgery, comes with some risks. The immediate risks of surgery include:
Most complications of breast augmentation occur rarely. When they do, it is often within a few days of surgery. The most common complications associated with breast augmentation and surgery recovery are:
All of these risks and complications are rare. Your plastic surgeon will take precautions to prevent them from happening including thorough patient screening, lab tests, and refined surgical technique.
Northwest Face & Body is a plastic surgery provider that specializes in comprehensive breast surgery. Our plastic surgeons trained extensively in all techniques and work to identify the best one for every individual. With a state and Medicare accredited surgical center, Northwest Face & Body serves as the Eastside’s best destination for breast augmentation.
Located conveniently in Kirkland, Northwest Face & Body offers surgical and non-surgical cosmetic services. With talented plastic surgeons and injectors, we can treat most cosmetic concerns with a range of available treatments.
To schedule a consultation at Northwest Face & Body, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also contact us online using our contact forms and Price Simulator™.