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Do Breast Implants Cost More By Size?2021-11-22T10:17:52-08:00

The cost of breast implants comes with many variables such as the type of implant, the plastic surgeon you choose, and even the geographic location of where you get surgery. However, a factor that logically seems like it would factor in, carries less importance when it comes to the cost of breast implants than many may believe. Along these lines a frequently asked question in breast augmentation consults is, “Do breast implants cost more by size?” Let’s explore this question and what goes into configuring the price of breast implants.

At Northwest Face & Body, the size of a breast implant does not factor into the cost. The main determiners of cost are the type of implant: saline, silicone, or gummy bear. Occasionally, the type of breast augmentation surgery or technique may also impact pricing. For example, a breast revision where one set of implants is removed and new ones placed will cost more than a first time breast augmentation.

Even though this is the rule at our office, it is fairly standard across the country to charge based on the type of implant and specifics of surgery rather than the size of the breast implant. Though, every plastic surgery office has its own metrics for determining the cost of breast augmentation. In most places in the US though, the size of breast implant is not a major factor into the cost of the overall surgery.

To learn more, schedule a consultation by calling 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator, chat, or contact form.

Will A Chemical Peel Remove Facial Hair?2021-11-15T09:43:38-08:00

Chemical peels are medical grade resurfacing treatments applied to the skin. As part of the treatment, the peels often remove impurities, dead skin, and some deeper peels remove the outer layers of skin. Considering other treatments like dermaplaning remove dead skin along with unwanted facial hair, patients sometimes ask, “Will a chemical peel remove facial hair?”

The short answer is that yes, chemical peels can remove peach fuzz. Though it is not the main function of the procedure, these small hairs may come off with the upper layers of skin. Long facial hairs may not come off with a chemical peel. Ultimately, master estheticians will work around any facial hair you want to keep.

When treating a patient with facial hair, your master esthetician will avoid areas covered in facial hair. Not only because chemical peels cannot effectively treat the skin under facial hair, but because it does risk the temporary removal of this facial hair. It is important to note that chemical peels are not likely to permanently remove hair.

To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via our Price Simulator®, chat, and contact form.

What Is Diastasis Recti & How Do You Treat It?2021-11-08T09:54:41-08:00

Patients looking to undergo a tummy tuck may end up hearing the term “diastasis recti” during their consultation. They may also come across it in their research. Unless you are especially familiar with the condition, many patients do not know what diastasis recti is. So, what is diastasis recti and how do you treat it?

Diastasis recti is a condition where the muscles of the abdomen separate from one another. The abdominal muscles–in their normal positions–are closely beside one another. Think of a six pack where there are only a few small divots between each muscle. With diastasis recti, one or more sets of muscles become separated. 

One of the most common causes of diastasis recti is pregnancy because the muscles sometimes need to separate to accommodate the pregnancy. After giving birth, however, it is roughly a 50/50 chance the muscles will return to their previous position. While some exercises may help, sometimes the only way to correct diastasis recti becomes surgical intervention.

A tummy tuck frequently features muscle plication which is the surgical procedure that corrects diastasis recti. It sutures the muscles back together to tighten them and correct the pooch appearance associated with the condition. 

To learn more and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via chat, Price Simulator®, or contact form.

What Does BOTOX In The Masseter Do?2021-11-01T08:36:16-08:00

Most people are familiar with Botox in the forehead and other parts of the face to address wrinkles. However, Botox has other cosmetic uses, including in the masseter. Considering the area does not wrinkle and Botox cannot treat sagging skin, patients often ask, “What does Botox in the masseter do?”

When Botox is injected into the masseter muscle, it can slim the face temporarily. The masseter muscle is responsible for moving the jaw upward and can become overdeveloped. This can create an overly square jaw. Even for those where the masseter is not part of the reason why the jaw is undefined, Botox can still slim the jaw.

With continued and consistent treatment, it can begin to weaken the masseter muscle so that the results last longer. It can also make more permanent alterations. Movement of the masseter muscle is not hindered after the initial healing period.

To schedule a consultation with an injector at Northwest Face & Body, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.

What Is The Fastest Way To Recover From A Facelift?2021-10-25T10:56:42-08:00

What Is The Fastest Way To Recover From A Facelift?

Following facelift surgery, patients typically want to get back to their normal lives as soon as possible. Therefore, the early days of the recovery can be stressful and full of worry that they will not get back to normal in time, or at all. Luckily, this isn’t true, but it can take different amounts of time depending on various factors. Let’s look at the question, “What is the fastest way to recovery from a facelift?”

The fastest and best way to recover from a facelift is to follow Dr. Allegra’s post-operative instructions. He customizes his instructions to each patient to account for the patient’s specific surgery, medical history, and needs. Some of the routine advice Dr. Allegra gives that helps speed the recovery of a facelift can include:

  • Elevate the head of the bed
  • Undergo ultrasound lymphatic massages
  • Do not do anything too strenuous
  • Get up and walk every few hours
  • Wear necessary garments for compression or healing
  • Attend all post-op appointments
  • Take prescribed antibiotics

People with diabetes, who smoke, or with major health conditions (even if well managed), may heal slower than the average person. Dr. Allegra can discuss this with you and give you a good idea of what you can expect from the healing process. 

To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via chat, contact form, or Price Simulator®.

What Is Qwo & How Does It Work?2021-10-18T09:29:57-08:00

Cellulite appears on approximately 98% of women and 10% of men at some point in their lifetime. Most common on the buttocks and thighs, there has never been an effective non-invasive treatment for cellulite. Earlier this year, the FDA approved the first injectable treatment for cellulite called Qwo. Involving at least three sessions, Qwo is currently considered the most effective treatment for cellulite. Let’s take a closer look at “What is Qwo & how does it work?”

Qwo is an injectable form of collagenase clostridium histolyticum which is an enzyme that breaks down collagen. In medicine, it is used to treat various painful tissue conditions. However, it has also been found to effectively treat cellulite by breaking down the collagen threads that cause the dimpling of cellulite. 

When injected into the areas of cellulite, Qwo begins to break the strands which alleviate stress on the skin and improves the look of cellulite. It takes time for Qwo to work and injections are needed roughly every 21 days for the best results. Three treatments are typically enough to treat one area. You may require more sessions for more severe cellulite or for larger areas.

To learn more about Qwo in Bellevue and schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.

When Do You Have To Replace Your Breast Implants?2021-10-11T09:41:21-08:00

When Do You Have To Replace Your Breast Implants?

Breast implants have been the preferred breast augmentation method for about 50 years. Occasionally, plastic surgeons will see patients who have 20-year old (or older!) breast implants that they want to be removed or replaced. This often brings up questions of “When do you have to replace your breast implants?”

There is a common belief that breast implants need to be replaced every ten years. For older implants, this estimate was not far off. However, many of those older breast implants are still in women today and causing no issues. With more modern types of breast implants, they usually do not need to be replaced unless they are causing issues. Many implants now also come with lifetime warranties. 

It should be noted that the risk of rupture or changes in appearance does go up the longer you have your breast implants. Additionally, breast implants cannot stop aging and breasts may still begin to sag over time. With that said, modern breast implants are among the safest and least likely to rupture of all previous generations. Gummy bear breast implants are also made of a cohesive gel that sticks to itself. Therefore, in the rare event of a rupture, it is unlikely to cause major problems or leak into the breast.

To schedule a consultation with Dr. Allegra, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.

Do You Lose A Cup Size With A Breast Lift?2021-10-04T08:26:28-08:00

Do You Lose A Cup Size With A Breast Lift?

Breast lift surgery is a plastic surgery procedure that addresses sagging breasts by removing extra skin and tissue as well as repositioning the nipple. A common concern among patients is that they will end up losing volume due to the removal of some breast tissue. Let’s take a look at these concerns and the question, “Do you lose a cup size with a breast lift?”

First, the techniques used for breast lifts and breast reductions are extremely similar. Therefore, patients can expect to lose a little volume during breast lift surgery. However, for patients with enough tissue, it is possible to redistribute this tissue to complement the new breast shape. This is sometimes referred to as auto augmentation. 

While the breasts still may appear smaller, this is largely because of their perkier shape. This causes them to sit higher on the chest which can result in having a smaller cup size purely because the bra does not need to push the breasts up or account for extra skin. In most cases of a breast lift, there is a limited amount of breast tissue removed in comparison to a breast reduction. 

To learn more and find out what you can expect from a breast lift in Bellevue, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online using Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.

Can You See Results After One Chemical Peel?2021-09-27T08:29:35-08:00

Can You See Results After One Chemical Peel?

Chemical peels are one of the most popular medical grade resurfacing treatments available. Using a combination of acids, peels remove the upper layers of skin to reveal fresh skin beneath. It also delivers moisture and nutrients to this newly revealed skin. This can treat a variety of skin conditions and concerns including acne scars and aging. Before seeking out chemical peels for the first time, many patients ask, “Can you see results after one chemical peel?”

Generally, yes. Once they heal, patients usually can see a difference in the look and feel of their skin. However, stronger strength peels such as the VI peel and surgical chemical peels (which are not offered at Northwest Face & Body) tend to show more dramatic results sooner than more superficial peels.

Some of the results patients may notice following a chemical peel include:

  • Smoother skin texture
  • More even skin tone
  • Reduction in acne breakouts
  • Skin that appears firmer
  • Lessening of the common signs of aging

Even though patients may see some results following one chemical peel, for most commonly performed peels, results will only improve over time. Our master estheticians tend to recommend a regimen of chemical peels until you reach your goals, and then maintenance peels as needed.

To learn more and schedule a consultation with a master esthetician, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, or contact form.

Are Nose Jobs Safe?2021-09-20T09:22:05-08:00

Rhinoplasty is one of the most popular plastic surgeries in the world for both men and women. Due to the proximity to important structures such as the eyes, facial nerves, and arteries, some patients are apprehensive about the procedure and are curious about its safety. This leads to questions such as “Are nose jobs safe?”

Nose jobs are largely safe. While all surgeries come with some risks, rhinoplasties are well understood and use refined techniques. The overall risks of rhinoplasty are small and major complications rarely occur. Along with this, Dr. Allegra will evaluate your personal risk before surgery. This allows him to cater the procedure to you for a safer procedure. 

As far as the risks of a nose job, most include the general surgical risks including:

  • Infection
  • Complications associated with general anesthesia
  • Unsatisfactory results
  • Numbness or pain
  • Skin discoloration
  • Thick or visible scarring

The main risk specifically associated with rhinoplasty is septum perforation. This is exceptionally rare when visiting a qualified and experienced provider. Certified as a facial plastic surgeon and an otolaryngologist, Dr. Allegra is one of the top rhinoplasty surgeons in Bellevue and Kirkland. 

To schedule a consultation, call us at 425-576-1700. You can also reach out online via Price Simulator®, chat, and contact form.

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