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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When considering a breast augmentation, it isn’t always easy to communicate exactly what you want from the procedure. You know your body better than anyone and it is difficult to describe your goals without a visual aid. In many circumstances, a visual aid is not possible to show you and your Kirkland plastic surgeon exactly what you want. But, at Northwest Face and Body, we utilize Vectra 3D imaging technology that allows you to accurately see what your implants will look like and how they will compliment your specific body.
Vectra 3D imaging is technology that scans your body and creates a 3D image of your body. With this 3D image, you and Dr. Allegra can simulate the look of different types and sizes of breast implants. It is also interactive and movable, so you can view the current and future look your breasts from multiple angles and even overlaid on top of one another.
Without this technology, other methods would allow you to try on implants under your clothes, but with Vectra 3D imaging, you can get a comprehensive view of what your enhanced breasts will look like before committing to surgery.
Vectra 3D imaging captures a 3D image of your body in just 3.5 milliseconds, which means you won’t have to stand still long for Vectra to get an accurate image. Once it is finished generating the image, you will have a photo of your breasts with accurate measurements and proportions.
At this point, Dr. Allegra will place landmarks on the image and select your desired type and manufacturer of breast implants. You can continue to try out different sizes, types, and manufacturers to find the breast implants that provide your desired results.
Vectra 3D imaging benefits your breast surgery consultation in Kirkland by allowing you to see a visual and interactive manifestation of your breast augmentation results before undergoing surgery. Beyond this, Vectra 3D imaging helps you:
While Vectra helps you see your results and better understand your breast augmentation surgery, it also provides Dr. Allegra with a guide for surgery. Vectra helps him better understand your goals and create a surgery plan that will provide you with the best outcome.
With the use of Vectra 3D imaging, you can feel confident that Dr. Allegra will fully understand your visions and desires for your breast surgery in Kirkland.
Yes, eventually. The final results from any breast procedure take a few months to fully show. Immediately out of the operating room, your breasts may not look exactly like the image created with Vectra, but within a few months and with proper care, your breasts should settle into their final position that you saw during your consultation with Vectra 3D imaging.
Vectra 3D imaging easily accounts for if you are receiving multiple procedures, such as a breast augmentation and lift. With just a few clicks, Dr. Allegra can easily show you the final results of both procedures.
During your consultation, Dr. Allegra may recommend another procedure in addition to your breast augmentation or lift. This can also be simulated on Vectra so you can make an informed decision about which surgical procedures you want to combine.
Yes, whether you are coming to Northwest Face and Body for a breast augmentation, reduction, lift, or reconstruction, Vectra 3D imaging can provide you with a visualization of your results.
Most women have some natural asymmetry to their breasts. Even if not noticeable, Vectra 3D imaging accounts for this when creating its 3D image and showing your final results. This state-of-the-art technology may also recommend other procedures based upon the measurements taken during the imaging process. These precise measurements provide you with the most accurate images of your future results so that you can make an informed decision based upon your body and goals.
During your breast surgery consultation at Northwest Face and Body with Dr. Allegra, he will listen to your goals for the procedure, discuss your medical history, and determine if you are a good candidate for your desired breast surgery. He will then lead you to the Vectra 3D imaging machine where you will stand for mere seconds while it takes detailed pictures and measurements.
Once finished, Dr. Allegra will utilize Vectra to provide recommendations for the size of the breast implant based upon your bodily proportions, however, you are free to view the results of any size implant. Dr. Allegra will guide you through your implant choices and show them to you, using Vectra’s various features so you can see your future results from every angle and in comparison to your current breasts.
To schedule a consultation for breast surgery with Dr. Allegra at Northwest Face and Body, call us at (425) 576-1700. You can also connect with us online via chat, our Price Simulator™ app, or our contact us page.
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