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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Extra and loose skin is a common problem for people who have lost a significant amount of weight and aging patients. This can become especially noticeable on certain parts of the body such as the lower face and neck, arms, abdomen, and thighs. Various “lifting surgeries” can address these areas and remove this extra skin. When it comes to the stomach and thighs a combination of a tummy tuck and thigh lift is often the best procedure. Dr. Ludwig Allegra at Northwest Face & Body offers the best tummy tuck with thigh lift Bellevue and Kirkland provide.
The causes of extra skin on the body vary, but often it has to do with two factors: aging and fat loss. As we age, the skin becomes less elastic and reduces collagen production. Eventually, this can cause it to sag and not bounce back as readily. When combined with the loss of fat that often occurs with aging as well as other factors like pregnancy, major weight fluctuations, and medical conditions all can affect the look of the abdomen and thighs.
Sometimes when a patient undergoes a tummy tuck without a thigh lift, it can lead them to believe their thighs look bigger or their body appears disproportionate. Of course, it is entirely the patient’s choice what procedures they want or think they need. Dr. Allegra will never force a procedure on someone but will present the benefits of adding it.
Combining the two procedures can improve the results of both and generally provide a dramatic difference in body contours. Not all patients will need or qualify for both procedures, but in cases where they do, it can offer amazing results.
A tummy tuck—or abdominoplasty—is a procedure that removes extra skin from the abdomen. It can also repair a common condition known as diastasis recti where the abdominal muscles become separated from one another. This frequently happens due to pregnancy.
The incision for a tummy tuck is made where the abdomen and pubic area meet. This means that the scar is hidden by most undergarments. In the end, a tummy tuck can help create a flatter and smoother abdomen.
Similar to a tummy tuck, the main goal of a thigh lift procedure is to remove unnecessary skin. It may also address small pockets of fat. The surgery helps slim the thighs and create a more natural, tapered look. One of the main benefits of the procedure is that it can help some patients achieve the coveted thigh gap.
For most, the procedure is ideal after weight loss. Sometimes since the skin of the inner thighs does not retract, the thighs can continue to look bulky. A thigh lift alleviates this and when paired with a tummy tuck, can make a big difference in your overall appearance.
Combining a tummy tuck and thigh offers several benefits and advantages to patients who are good candidates. Along with the pluses of each procedure, undergoing a tummy tuck at the same time as thigh lift comes with some advantages too. Some of the benefits of a tummy tuck with thigh lift include:
Like all surgeries and medical procedures, there are risks to undergoing a tummy tuck with a thigh lift. While minimal for most patients, the risks can include:
The majority of risks are treatable and preventable. Certain patients—due to medical conditions, medications, or other factors—may be at a higher risk of some or all complications. Providing a full medical history during your consultation can help Dr. Allegra prevent complications.
At an in-person or virtual consultation with Dr. Allegra at Northwest Face & Body, he will lead you through the appointment. He will determine if you are a good candidate for a combined tummy tuck and thigh lift surgery. First, he will want to understand your concerns and goals for the procedure. Next, he will review your relevant medical history and lifestyle. Finally, he will conduct a physical exam where he can better observe your anatomy. He will then conclude if you are a candidate for each of the procedures separately and combined.
If Dr. Allegra determines that you are a candidate for an abdominoplasty with thigh lift, he will describe the surgery and expected results. You will then receive a customized price quote and financing information. Even if Dr. Allegra does not believe it is the right procedure for you, he will still give recommendations on what may help you reach your aesthetic goals.
The surgery will involve hidden incisions on the lower abdomen and in the crease where the thigh and pubis meet. Occasionally, Dr. Allegra may also need to make vertical incisions in the inner thigh to adequately perform the thigh lift. During both surgeries, Dr. Allegra will remove unnecessary fat, address the muscles if needed, and tighten the skin back over your new contours.
The extent and location of the incisions will vary depending on the patient because of different anatomy and needs. Dr. Allegra will discuss the specifics with you during your consultation and just before surgery. It takes around two to five hours and is performed under general anesthesia.
Recovery instructions for a tummy tuck with thigh lift may include:
A traditional tummy tuck may provide minimal enhancement to the thighs, if any. While a tummy tuck can often subtly address the mons pubis, it is unlikely that it will provide much benefit without either thigh liposuction or a thigh lift.
Yes, the number of drains will depend on several factors. However, considering the two procedures are major procedures, drains are typically necessary. If both procedures are extremely minimal, you may not need drains for one or the other.
Yes, in the right patient. Not all patients can withstand an extended period of time under general anesthesia. Thus, in these cases, Dr. Allegra may recommend splitting the procedure into two sessions. However, otherwise, there are few risks associated with a tummy tuck and thigh lift that are not present in the procedures themselves.
Combination surgeries can also reduce the chance of complications from anesthesia and certain surgical complications since you are only undergoing one anesthesia session. Though, Dr. Allegra will still evaluate your candidacy for both procedures and the combination of them during your consultation.
The exact length of your scars will depend on how much skin is removed. Regardless, Dr. Allegra does his best to minimize scarring and keep it where undergarments will cover them in a swimsuit. If a vertical incision is present, they are generally located on the inside of the thigh to minimize visibility.
Northwest Face & Body also recommends the use of Scar Protocol, a year long scar system that is specifically designed for surgical scars. It helps minimize scarring as it heals, instead of addressing it only once it has formed.
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 with thigh lift Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
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.