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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The abdomen is an area of the body that changes throughout our lives. It stretches to carry children, carries some extra fat with age, medical conditions may affect it, and even changes after a big meal. These changes can cause the abdominal skin, muscles, and tissues to sag and loosen. Even weight loss and an active lifestyle may not restore the abdomen to a flat contour. Plastic surgeons often recommend a tummy tuck to remove extra skin, tighten the muscles, and restore a flat stomach. Dr. Ludwig Allegra at Northwest Face & Body provides the best tummy tuck Vancouver, B.C. offers.
A tummy tuck—known as an abdominoplasty—is a plastic surgery procedure that removes excess skin from the lower abdomen and may also repair separated abdominal muscles. This separation is known as diastasis recti and is a common reason patients undergo a tummy tuck.
The procedure is one of the more extensive ones, involving a hip-to-hip incision. This incision is generally made below the panty line and is covered by most swimsuits and undergarments. However, it is important to understand that the scar is usually more extensive when compared to other plastic surgery procedures.
Abdominoplasty is among one of the most beneficial plastic surgeries for people who are good candidates. This is because it can address several cosmetic and medical problems at once. Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck surgery include:
As with any surgical procedure, a tummy tuck does come with some risks. Generally, these risks are fairly minimal, especially in patients selected as good candidates. Dr. Allegra and the team at Northwest Face & Body also follow various procedures to minimize and reduce overall risk. Some of the possible risks include:
Dr. Allegra will thoroughly evaluate each patient to determine their individual risk factors. For example, smoking, some medical conditions, and taking some medications, may put you at risk of certain complications. In many cases, these can be reduced through alternations in pre-and-post operative care. However, sometimes Dr. Allegra may recommend against a tummy tuck.
A tummy tuck and mommy makeover are both common post-pregnancy procedures. The difference comes in the exact body areas targeted and how many are operated on at once. Many tummy tuck candidates are good candidates for a mommy makeover. The table below compares the two procedures and can help you determine which may work best for you.
The two surgeries also have several similarities. They are both often performed to correct the damage done to the body by pregnancy. Both a tummy tuck and mommy makeover tend to require a longer recovery period than other plastic surgeries. The candidate pools for a tummy tuck and mommy makeover cross over extensively.
For Vancouver residents, Northwest Face & Body offers two forms of consultation appointments. If you want, you are more than welcome to come in person. However, we do also accommodate virtual consultations via FaceTime and Skype. Regardless, your consultation will consist of many of the same steps.
First, Dr. Allegra will want to know the procedures you are interested in and your goals for them. He may then ask about aspects of your medical history and lifestyle. From there, he will examine the abdomen and surrounding structures to determine if you are a good tummy tuck candidate.
If you are, Dr. Allegra will then describe what the procedure will look like for you and the expected outcome. He may also recommend liposuction to enhance your results. If Dr. Allegra believes that a tummy tuck is not right for you, he will likely recommend another course of action.
Before the end of your consultation, you will receive a customized price quote and financing information. As an out-of-town patient, you may also discuss the logistics of your stay.
Your tummy tuck surgery will take place at the accredited Northwest Face & Body outpatient surgery center. Initially, you will undergo basic medical testing to ensure the safety of proceeding with the procedure. Dr. Allegra may then make surgical markings. Finally, a certified anesthesia provider will place you under general anesthesia.
Dr. Allegra will start by making the required incision. Normally, this is hip-to-hip, but the length can vary based on the type of tummy tuck. Through the incision, he will stitch the abdominal muscles back together, if necessary. From there, Dr. Allegra will remove extra skin and fat. To aid in fat removal, he may utilize liposuction. Once he finishes removing the extra skin and fat, Dr. Allegra will pull the skin tight over your new abdomen. You can expect the surgery itself to take an average of about two to four hours. Though, this can vary based on the extent of your procedure.
Dr. Allegra will likely advise that you remain close by for at least one to two weeks. This allows you to attend your post-operative appointments in the office, allowing Dr. Allegra to monitor you during the hardest part of recovery. However, after one to two weeks, he will likely clear you to return to Vancouver to contain your recovery.
Otherwise, Dr. Allegra will cater his post-operative instructions based on you and your procedure. Some of your Vancouver tummy tuck recovery instructions may include:
A tummy tuck is normally defined as an elective procedure in Canada. The only times it will be covered is if deemed medically necessary. An out-of-pocket full tummy tuck in Vancouver is usually about $10,500 to $14,000 in Canadian dollars.
In comparison, a tummy tuck across the border at Northwest Face & Body of the same quality starts at about $9,656 Canadian dollars. (Figure based on the conversion rate at the time of writing. The exact cost may vary based on the conversion rate and your particular procedure).
Based on the answer to the previous question, you may wonder, “When is a tummy tuck medically necessary?” This will differ based on your insurance company and medical provider in Canada. However, a tummy tuck is sometimes considered medically necessary in the following situations:
The Northwest Face & Body team can help you find lodging accommodations. We work with local hotels to offer discounted rates to patients traveling for surgery. Northwest Face & Body also can provide recommendations for caregiving services if needed. If you have a question concerning your travel arrangements or staying in the US, call us and we will do our best to find a solution.
Generally, Dr. Allegra will want you to stay in the States for at least one to two weeks. He will discuss this with you before surgery. However, this may change during your healing period if needed. Most patients can return to Vancouver to continue their recovery within a couple of weeks.
There are a few different types of abdominoplasty. Normally, this refers to the length of the incision and whether the belly button and/or abdominal muscles are addressed.
At Northwest Face & Body, a mini tummy tuck starts at $6,995 USD and a standard/full tummy tuck starts at $7,485 USD. You will receive a personalized price quote after a consultation with Dr. Allegra. To find our full pricing, visit our price list.
Northwest Face & Body has served patients from around the world for over three decades. Providing the gold standard of plastic surgery and non-surgical cosmetic procedures, Dr. Allegra and his team aim to help you achieve your aesthetic goals and improve your quality of life. Northwest Face & Body provides the best tummy tuck Vancouver offers.
In addition to their high level of experience and expertise, Northwest Face & Body goes above and beyond to accommodate patients from Vancouver and British Columbia. To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator.
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