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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Needing revision surgery following plastic surgery can be disheartening and stressful, especially if you do not want to, cannot, or do not feel comfortable returning to your original surgeon. At Northwest Face & Body, Dr. Ludwig Allegra can see patients who have had previously botched results and create a personalized treatment plan to correct it. Some of the revisions Dr. Allegra can perform include facelift revisions, breast revisions, and tummy tuck revisions. Northwest Face & Body offers the best tummy tuck revision Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
An abdominoplasty surgery carries two main goals. The first is to remove excess skin and tissue from the abdomen. The second is to correct a condition called diastasis recti that is present in many tummy tuck patients. This is the separation of the abdominal muscles often due to pregnancy. While these goals are usually achieved and patients enjoy their results for years to come, unfortunately sometimes complications or poor results happen.
The causes of a botched tummy tuck result or a complication can range from surgeon inexperience to not following aftercare practices to simply bad luck. If you do not already know the cause of your botched tummy tuck, Dr. Allegra may ask you questions to help determine the cause. This can impact his recommended treatment plan.
Unless there is a major complication, patients usually do not need to undergo a tummy tuck revision. It is purely elective surgery. However, it is also a procedure that comes with a high satisfaction rate from patients all around the world. Choosing to seek out revision tummy tuck surgery is a very personal decision and one that should not be taken lightly. Though, it does also offer a suite of benefits for patients. Some of these benefits can include:
As mentioned earlier, there are several possible reasons why a patient wants to or needs to undergo a tummy tuck revision. Every patient will likely have a different reason or situation. This makes a tummy tuck revision—and any revisional surgery in general—much more specialized. It requires a skilled and knowledgeable surgeon, if not the original surgeon who performed the tummy tuck.
Below are some of the possible reasons for a tummy tuck revision and what the surgery may look like to address them.
“Dog ears” are a way to refer to a surgical complication where skin bulges over the incision, usually towards the ends of the incision, on either side. This is what gives it the “dog ear” name. This complication is not only seen in tummy tuck surgery, but can also occur due to other procedures such as arm lifts, breast reductions, and FTM top surgery.
A dog ear forms due to inadequate skin removal. Thus, Dr. Allegra will need to remove more skin to resolve the dog ears. This often means extending the original incision. In the most severe cases, Dr. Allegra may opt to completely reperform the tummy tuck and/or turn it into an extended abdominoplasty.
During a standard tummy tuck, the belly button is repositioned higher on the abdomen to better match the patient’s new body contours. However, making the belly button look natural is not a skill every surgeon possesses. Additionally, there are cases where the belly button simply does not heal properly. It is possible for the belly button to be misshapen, too big or small, or positioned incorrectly.
Often, Dr. Allegra does not need to fully redo a tummy tuck to fix this. In many cases, it can be addressed via an in-office, local anesthesia procedure. Occasionally, it may require a small surgery. Rarely does this ever necessitate a major surgical revision.
Muscle repair—or muscle plication—involves stitching the abdominal muscles back together. The sutures serve as the fibers between abdominal muscles that have become loosened due to diastasis recti. This procedure rarely fails, but it can become undone due to pregnancy or extreme weight gain. Usually, to repair the muscles, Dr. Allegra will reperform the tummy tuck altogether. Not only is this necessary to surgically address the muscles, but in these cases, the skin has often become stretched again.
Scars may occasionally heal poorly. Whether this means it healed thickly or was simply misplaced by the surgeon, it is possible to surgically address the skin with a scar revision surgery. Depending on the issue, there are a few surgical techniques. To fix a thick scar, Dr. Allegra will cut out the previous tummy tuck scar and use specialized suturing techniques that minimize external scarring.
A tummy tuck revision surgery is largely a customized procedure. It can entirely different for two patients. Some of the possible surgical techniques or procedures that could be included in a tummy tuck revision include:
After a consultation at Northwest Face & Body, Dr. Allegra will put together a personalized treatment plan for your revision tummy tuck surgery.
Without outside factors such as pregnancy or major weight gain, it is exceptionally rare for muscle plication to fail. It is possible, but rarely seen when the original procedure was performed correctly.
The recovery of a tummy tuck revision will vary based on the specifics of your procedure. However, it does often look like your original tummy tuck. Though, many patients find it shorter and easier since they often underwent less invasive and shorter surgery. Some of the possible limitations after an abdominoplasty revision include:
The way you prepare for your tummy tuck is imperative for maintaining your figure after a tummy tuck. First, if you are working on losing weight, you should wait until you are within about ten to fifteen pounds of your goal weight. Second, do not seek a tummy tuck until you no longer want to have any children. Future pregnancies are a sure way to ruin tummy tuck results. Finally, consult with a qualified surgeon to ensure that you are a good candidate for a tummy tuck.
Beyond these initial preparations, after your tummy tuck, there are ways to promote long lasting results. Some of these include:
The cost range for a tummy tuck revision is wider than most other plastic surgeries. This is because the exact procedure performed depends on the individual patient. You will pay more when consulting with a surgeon other than the original one that performed your tummy tuck. However, if it is only a minor revision such as a belly button revision or scar revision, the cost will likely be less than the original surgery. To get a full understanding of the cost of a tummy tuck revision, we recommend scheduling a consultation where you will receive a price quote after an examination.
Insurance normally will not cover a tummy tuck revision, even if they covered the first one. Also, Northwest Face & Body does not work with insurance when it comes to tummy tuck surgery. We do work with outside financing companies such as Care Credit to help you find affordable financing for your surgery.
Northwest Face & Body is a top-rated plastic surgery practice in Kirkland, Washington. Having served the Eastside for over three decades, it is conveniently located minutes away from downtown Bellevue and Kirkland. Our Medicare-certified surgical center meets the highest standards and takes advantage of the newest technology. Northwest Face & Body’s facility allows them to provide the best tummy tuck revision Bellevue and Kirkland offer.
Dr. Ludwig Allegra is a board-certified surgeon who bridges the gap between aesthetics and medicine. Not only is Dr. Allegra a talented and capable surgeon, but he also has a deep understanding of bodily aesthetics and symmetry. He utilizes this knowledge and skill as one of the best Bellevue plastic surgeons.
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, Price Simulator, or chat.