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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VASER liposuction, which stands for Vibration Amplification of Sound Energy at Resonance, is a newer generation of liposuction that is minimally invasive and can selectively remove fat to reshape target areas of your body. This is often used to define the abdominal muscles in patients who have toned muscles, but still have some small amounts of fat disguising them. Traditional liposuction cannot remove fat on this minute level. This is where VASER liposuction comes in. Northwest Face & Body provides the VASER liposuction Bellevue and Kirkland offers.
The VASER liposuction that Dr. Allegra performs is a highly individualized procedure that is tailored specifically to your needs and cosmetic goals. The targeted areas are "sculpted" around certain muscle groups to give you a more toned/athletic appearance. Typical treatment areas include the chest, hips, waist, abdomen, love handles, and arms. It is a great addition to traditional liposuction as well.
This procedure can be ideal for the already trim athlete who still has a pocket of "resistant" fat – fat that just doesn't get exercised away. Some men opt for VASER Hi-Def to help define the 4- or 6-pack look, enhance the pectoral muscle zone, and reduce or eliminate the love handles. VASER lipo works well for women who also want a more muscular look by focusing on the sides of the waist and abdominal area.
VASER lipo surgery is a minimally invasive procedure performed on an outpatient basis in our Medicare certified surgery center in Kirkland, WA. You will undergo preparation which will include preliminary medical testing and meeting with Dr. Allegra for surgical markings and reviewing the procedure.
Dr. Allegra will first inject tumescent fluid to break up the fat in the targeted area. Tumescent solution is a combination pain medication and vasoconstrictor. This helps break up the fat and prevent excessive bleeding. VASER technology is based on a advanced ultrasound technology. Dr. Allegra will use the VASER ultrasound to emulsify the fat. Finally, a small cannula is inserted into the treatment areas and fat is precisely removed.This process will be repeated until all target areas have been treated.
When finished, Dr. Allegra will close the incisions and you will begin to slowly wake up from surgery. Following surgery, you will be asked to wear a compression garment. This helps promote a healthy recovery and the ideal results. Other recovery instructions may include:
Northwest Face & Body is a top plastic surgery practice and medical spa in Kirkland, Washington. Dr. Allegra and Northwest Face & Body has served the Eastside for over three decades. Dr. Allegra is one of the most experienced liposuction surgeons in Bellevue and Kirkland. The facility offers a relaxing and safe environment for your VASER liposuction surgery. Dr. Ludwig Allegra offers the best VASER liposuction Bellevue and Kirkland can provide.
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