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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Achieving a flat tummy is not always as simple as losing weight. Unfortunately, even after the hard work and dedication it takes to lose weight, extra skin can hide the true results. Unlike fat which is metabolized with weight loss, the skin must contract on its own. Often, due to various factors such as the amount of weight loss, age, and previous pregnancies, the stretched skin does not adequately retract. Luckily, abdominoplasty surgery can help address loose, extra skin. Northwest Face & Body provides the best tummy tuck Bellevue offers.
A tummy tuck is a plastic surgery procedure that removes redundant skin from the abdomen. It also usually corrects diastasis recti. The condition is common after pregnancy in which the two rows of abdominal muscles separate from each other. Occasionally, a tummy tuck Bellevue may include liposuction to address stubborn fat deposits on and around the abdomen.
The procedure is performed under general anesthesia as an outpatient surgery. The exact amount of surgical time will vary depending on the type of tummy tuck performed and other factors. Patients can expect between two and five hours of operating time on average.
The best candidates for a Bellevue tummy tuck will be overall healthy and non-smokers. Patients should also present with anatomy that could benefit from a tummy tuck surgery. Likely, the patient has had one or more pregnancies or lost a significant amount of weight. Though, patients outside of these qualifications may still qualify for an abdominoplasty.
In some cases, Dr. Allegra may recommend other or additional procedures that a patient better qualifies for and/or which would provide better results. Ultimately, Dr. Allegra will determine if a patient is a good candidate for tummy tuck Bellevue surgery during a consultation.
A tummy tuck offers patients several benefits including cosmetic and functional advantages. When considering the benefits, patients should also factor in the risks of surgery. All surgeries—big and small—come with some level of inherent risk. While major complications are rare, Dr. Allegra and patients should look at both the benefits and risks to determine if a tummy tuck is worth it for an individual patient.
The benefits of tummy tuck surgery in Bellevue include:
The risks of a tummy tuck Bellevue are similar to other elective, cosmetic procedures. Though, due to the large operative area and long surgical time, some risks are slightly higher. Dr. Allegra uses surgical techniques, patient screening, and catered post-operative instructions to help reduce the risk of tummy tuck surgery. Some of the possible risks may include:
Major risks that are untreatable or cause lasting effects are extremely rare in the United States when performed by a top surgeon. Dr. Allegra will discuss with a patient if they are at higher risk of any particular complication.
The first step to getting the best Bellevue tummy tuck results is to schedule a consultation with Dr. Ludwig Allegra at Northwest Face & Body. At this appointment, Dr. Allegra will ask patients about their goals and expectations for the surgery. Next, he will review the patient’s medical history and lifestyle. Finally, Dr. Allegra will perform a physical exam of the abdomen. He will identify skin quality, feel for diastasis recti, and determine if a tummy tuck is the best option.
If a good candidate, the patient may begin preparing for surgery. This could include taking steps such as:
A tummy tuck recovery may look slightly different for each patient. Dr. Allegra will provide personalized instructions to each patient. Some of the common recovery instructions include:
Dr. Allegra will provide other directions based on the specific procedure and the patient’s needs. All post-operative directions aim to reduce the chances of complications and increase patient comfort.
Yes, with a few rare exceptions, nearly all tummy tuck incisions span from hip to hip. Dr. Allegra works to make the incision as thin and as low as possible. Dr. Allegra can discuss what the incisions will look like and where they will be located during a consultation.
No, it is best to undergo a tummy tuck after all planned pregnancies. This is because pregnancy after Bellevue tummy tuck surgery can reverse the results and cause the need for revisional surgery. Getting pregnant after the procedure is not dangerous. However, to maintain the results in the long-term, it is best not to plan to have any more children.
Diastasis recti—as mentioned earlier—is the separation of each column of the six-pack muscles. The condition itself is not dangerous or harmful. Though, it can make patients more susceptible to hernias and can cause uncomfortable symptoms such as urinary incontinence, poor posture, and back pain. If the symptoms become too troublesome, diastasis recti repair via a tummy tuck Bellevue may be worth it.
Both men and women undergo tummy tucks. Female patients make up the majority of tummy tuck patients. This is due to the damage pregnancy causes to the abdomen. More and more men are choosing to undergo tummy tuck surgery though.
Men who undergo the surgery are frequently patients who have lost a significant amount of weight. This can also cause diastasis recti and extra skin. Women usually undergo the surgery after pregnancy. Beyond the reasoning for the procedure, the surgical techniques themselves are nearly identical.
Since men have thicker muscles and less fat, they are more likely to see muscle definition after a tummy tuck. They may also undergo high definition liposuction to help define the abs. Women sometimes have defined abs following a tummy tuck, but it is less common.
A Bellevue tummy tuck with Dr. Ludwig Allegra at Northwest Face & Body starts at $7,485. Patients can apply for outside financing through Care Credit, Alphaeon, or United Medical Credit. At a consultation appointment, patients receive a customized price quote and more financing information about the total tummy tuck cost Bellevue, WA.
Northwest Face & Body has served the Bellevue, Washington area for over three decades. Located on the shores of Lake Washington, the beautiful lake atmosphere and facility provides a comforting environment for patients seeking plastic surgery. Patients often feel vulnerable during the process. The Northwest Face & Body team aims to make the patient feel validated and comfortable. Dr. Ludwig Allegra offers the best tummy tuck Bellevue performs.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is an accomplished surgeon who warmly welcomes every patient. Along with his technical surgical skill, he has amazing artistic ability which led him to a career in cosmetic plastic surgery.
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