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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Despite your many efforts to strengthen and tighten your core, you still have an uncomfortable and unsightly protruding stomach. From stomach crunches to foods you believe will help burn “belly fat”, you’ve tried them all.
Thankfully, there is a way you can tighten the loose skin and tissue of your abdomen and we’re here to assist. Seattle’s Northwest Face & Body offers tummy tuck procedures that firm and tighten the abdomen skin and muscles, ensuring a smoother and sleeker look.
Tummy Tucks are considered by many, as one of the most rewarding of all aesthetic procedures performed. The ability to dramatically restore the abdominal region to a much more youthful appearance is reliably accomplished with a tummy tuck at Northwest Face & Body. Typically, you’re able to return to normal activities in a relatively short amount of time, with minimal to no discomfort. Dr. Ludwig A. Allegra provides complete tummy tuck procedures with proficiency, skill, experience, and a high rate of success. As a board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Allegra is one of the most sought-after top certified medical providers of his popular procedure, that eliminates your excess stomach volume, resulting in a firm and flat abdomen, you will be confident showcasing!
A tummy tuck or abdominoplasty is the technique of removing excess tissue that causes bulging and droopiness of the abdomen. The end result is a firmer and tighter abdominal that offers the patient a youthful and contoured mid-section.
A traditional tummy tuck involves the extraction of fatty skin tissue, which then allows for the removal of the excess tissue. Additionally, it also involves the belly button needing to be released from its skin attachments and its repositioned. The patient now has a smooth abdominal region.
In most cases, the abdominoplasty procedure provides support to the abdominal wall region by tightening the tissue in the midline. This corrects any Pseudo herniation of the region. The final effect is a tremendous improvement of the abdomen, with the addition of a reduced waist size as well.
As a procedure that can be tailored to your specific needs, your abdominoplasty will be unique, helping to accomplish your desires and goals. The most common type of tummy tuck Dr. Allegra performs is the traditional tummy tuck, in which general anesthesia utilized. This tummy tuck entails the doctor making some of the largest incisions in the abdomen, which can extend from each of the patient’s hips and continue around the belly button. Other types of tummy tuck may involve a shorter incision like with a mini abdominoplasty and others may involve a larger incision like an extended tummy tuck. Not only does this traditional tummy tuck involve the removal of unwanted and excess skin from the entire abdomen, but it also produces some of the most dramatic results. Dr. Allegra also has an opportunity to firm and tighten any underlying muscles with the traditional abdominoplasty procedure as well. This is known as muscle plication.
Given the intensity of the traditional tummy tuck, this procedure is ideal for patients who need to address a substantial amount of abdominal tissue and volume in both the upper and lower abdominal areas.
Like many other cosmetic and plastic surgery procedures, abdominoplasty was originally developed for medical reasons. Surgeons used abdominoplasty to address protrusion of the belly button or treating umbilical hernias. In the past, physicians would encounter individuals who not only had protruding umbilicus but excess fat and skin and fat in the abdomen.
During the first “dermolipectomies” (the French term for a tummy tuck) performed in the 1890s, French doctors removed the excess skin of patients, in an effort to improve access to the herniated tissue. During this procedure, doctors also found that the treatment also offered patients a vast and immediate improvement in their body contour. Given the success of early tummy tucks, the procedure gained popularity in the United States, with the first tummy tuck performed in Maryland back in 1899.
Soon, both patients as well as physicians noted the aesthetic benefits, leading to improvements with the procedure. The tummy tuck has evolved as a procedure that is done for cosmetic reasons. In today’s day and age, many individuals turn to tummy tucks to resolve loose, dangling, and unsightly abdominal skin and tissue.
You’re ready to explore your tummy tuck options and we’re ready to discuss them with you! Kirkland’s Northwest Face and Body provide the most caring, understanding, and respectable environment for your procedure with Dr. Allegra leading our skilled team. During your private meeting at our Kirkland offices, we will discuss your options with you in detail. Then, we will carefully listen to your problems, concerns, and issues with your existing abdomen. Next, we will assess your cosmetic imperfections. We will also take images and measurements of your current body, and then create a custom abdominoplasty treatment plan, designed to contour and sculpt the stellar and exquisite appearance you want and deserve.
In some cases, Dr. Allegra may recommend a mini tummy tuck for you. Not only is this a shorter, easier, and less intensive procedure, but it’s perfect for patients who want to remove a very small and confined amount of fat and tissue in the abdominal area. For some patients, they don’t suffer from vast amounts of excess skin or protruding stomach areas. Generally performed under IV sedation and local anesthesia, your mini tummy tuck procedure will involve Dr. Allegra making a small incision located just above the pubic area. Afterward, the scar from your treatment will be minimal and very easy to conceal with clothing, swimsuits, and other garments. The mini tuck will help to restore your lower abdomen making it tight, taut, smooth, and firm.
With your tummy tuck performed by a proficient Seattle-area board-certified cosmetic surgeon, it will:
Dr. Allegra has been performing tummy tuck procedures for over a decade. He couples each procedure with medical knowledge and artistry, to produce a finished, tight, and firm abdomen, patients can’t wait to show off!
A viable candidate for a tummy tuck is a person who has excessive amounts of fat and tissue that are hanging, bothersome and makes clothing bulky and ill-fitting. Candidates should also be non-smokers, have overall optimum health, and committed to the procedure as well as the recovery regimen.
Dr. Allegra recommends that tummy tuck patients take the time to analyze the concerns your large abdomen presents. For example, if a large number of your pants or skirts do not fit well, due to your large stomach and exercise alone is not helping, then a tummy tuck may be ideal for you. Upon deciding to have your tummy tuck procedure, it’s important to plan around work as well as events and activities. It’s important to prepare your home for rest and relaxation. You may want to give your home a thorough cleaning before your surgery, as you will not be able to bend, turn around and move for some time afterward.
Additionally, it’s important to have items in a place that allows for easy access. For example, for plates and cups that you use to eat and drink, you may wish to take them down from their places in your cupboard or cabinets, and have them more accessible to you. Areas of your home such as a den or sitting area, your bathroom, and your bedroom, may need designated areas in which medications and other items are easily accessible. Your nightstand may be perfect to house a crate or bin filled with bandages, creams, medications, and other necessities as you heal and recover from your procedure.
You will also need a trusted friend or family member to drive you home the day of your surgery, as you will be unable to drive yourself. Loose-fitting clothing will be ideal, as you will return home with bandages around your abdomen.
Planning your surgery around big events and occasions such as parties and other social gatherings is paramount. It may be counterproductive to schedule a tummy tuck a week before your high school reunion. Although your recovery time will not be a lengthy one, you may want to have ample time for rest, relaxation, and rejuvenation.
Also, consider letting associates and colleagues at work, know that you will be undergoing a surgical procedure that may require some time away. If coming from Vancouver, or other further away areas, you may need to stay in the US longer.
It’s recommended that a tummy tuck be performed after childbearing is done. If you plan on having children in the near future, it is best to wait to have your tummy tuck, after pregnancy and childbirth. Having a tummy tuck before you have a child may prove to be counterproductive. Take the appropriate time needed to think about your desire to have children and how to factor the procedure into your lifestyle.
Although tummy tuck procedures offer patients long-lasting results, they are not permanent. Women who become pregnant after undergoing an abdominoplasty may encounter re-stretching of the abdominal muscles and skin. This will often lead to the need for a tummy tuck revision. As stated above, it may prove beneficial to take the time to make an informed decision regarding your tummy tuck alongside your desire to have a child or children. After your tummy tuck, it is imperative that you maintain a healthy weight while incorporating a healthful diet and some form of exercise and physical activity on a regular basis. Dr. Allegra will provide you with expert recommendations and directives that will ensure your happiness, health, and well-being.
Absolutely! Be sure to mention other parts of the body you feel need maintenance or correction, during your private tummy tuck consultation with Dr. Allegra. Many patients combine their tummy tuck procedure with a breast augmentation or liposuction procedure. It is also popular to combine a tummy tuck with a thigh lift. Depending on the amount of work that needs to be done, a patient’s health, and age, Dr. Allegra will recommend whether other procedures can be performed during the day of your tummy tuck procedure, or if they need to be performed at a later time.
As an accomplished board-certified cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Allegra will make your incisions in low and inconspicuous places on the body. He’ll look at making your incision in the low “panty line” or “undergarment line” area of the abdomen. As a result, your incision will be very well concealed with clothing and undergarments. Dr. Allegra makes consorted efforts to make the incision as clean, precise, and direct as possible. Over time and with proper treatment, healing and recovery, the incision can become a very fine line, appearing very faint on the skin!
The tummy tuck recovery is generally not cumbersome or a huge hindrance. In fact, many of Dr. Allegra’s tummy tuck patients experience pain for only a few days, after the procedure. Some patients return to work a week after their tummy tuck procedures! Your recovery will be smooth and all pain is manageable with prescribed medications. Dr. Allegra will also make recommendations for healing and recovery that promote health and wellness.
According to Dr. Allegra, your tummy tuck can range in cost. The specific costs are related to the degree of tissue located in the abdomen. Ultimately, the cost of your procedure will depend upon the complexity of the procedure. To get a good understanding of the starting price of a Bellevue tummy tuck, try our Price Simulator™. We also provide a price list that provides our starting, basic costs.
Northwest Face & Body is a facility that provides Seattle-area residents with the most complete and comprehensive cosmetic procedures. Dr. Allegra and his team of medical professionals have the experience, diligence, devotion, and dedication every patient needs and deserves.
As a state-of-the-art facility, Northwest Face & Body combines our expertise and skillset, with understanding, care, compassion, and respect to all patients. Dr. Allegra and his medical team realize that you have options when it comes to your tummy tuck. We stand with gratitude for the patients who choose our facility for their cosmetic, restorative, and corrective procedures. At Kirkland’s Northwest Face & Body, we aim to exceed, not just meet your expectations for your Bellevue plastic surgery.
For the tummy tuck you desire, we hope to assist! Call us at 425.576.1700 to schedule a consultation. You also connect with us online via chat, Price Simulator™, or our contact us page. We look forward to helping you live your best life!