Facial fillers are a class of cosmetic injectables that can significantly improve signs of facial aging, such as lines and wrinkles. For those dealing with a few wrinkles, but not wholesale facial skin sagging, fillers make a nice alternative to surgery, without involving a lengthy recovery period at home. They provide a great, minimally invasive solution that can help almost anyone turn back the clock on aging skin.
What is Belotero?
Belotero is a prescription-based filler that can be used for the treatment of:
- Moderate to severe facial lines
- Nasolabial folds and marionette lines
- Forehead wrinkles
- Crow’s feet
- Dry or rough skin texture
Belotero is fully approved by the FDA as a facial filler appropriate for treating facial folds and wrinkles. It has been determined to be very effective when injected by a trained practitioner in a proper setting.
How it Works
Hyaluronic acid is the main ingredient found in Belotero. You may be familiar with this substance as a popular ingredient in numerous skin care products. In addition to making a great topical, hyaluronic acid can be directly injected into facial skin to diminish visible signs of aging.
Hyaluronic acid molecules are like microscopic sponges that soak up a tremendous amount of water, which is held underneath your skin to add facial volume and smooth away lines and wrinkles. You may think of hyaluronic acid as a sort of “internal moisturizer.” However, unlike topical moisturizers, the hyaluronic acid found in Belotero keeps working for many months, adding both volume and moisture to your facial skin, creating a youthful, dewy radiance.
Who it Treats
If you’re wondering if you would qualify for treatment with Belotero, you most likely do. The product is appropriate for anyone who has undesirable facial lines and wrinkles, without any underlying skin diseases.
Before you actually undergo treatment with Belotero, you’ll be meeting with a practitioner to have your skin examined and see if you make a good candidate for this treatment.
One thing you will be asked about is if you have any severe allergies that could be triggered by treatment with Belotero. You may also be asked about any medications that you’re currently taking, including herbs and supplements, that could possibly interfere with the treatment or cause a reaction.
You may be advised to avoid prolonged sun or heat exposure, aspirin, alcohol, or vigorous physical activities for one day before your Belotero treatment.
As with any type of injectable, there is a small chance of infection. To prevent side effects, avoid having other skin treatments performed before or after Belotero injections, such as laser treatments or chemical peels. Your practitioner will inform you of how long you should wait before or after your Belotero treatment to avoid complications.
What to Expect
Once you have arrived, your practitioner will escort you to a treatment room to start the Belotero injection process. Depending upon how many injections are needed for your individual treatment plan, your treatment should take anywhere from 15 minutes to one hour. Your practitioner will let you know ahead of time how long your individual treatment should take.
Your practitioner may apply a topical anesthetic before administering your Belotero injections. They would then inject the product into your face with a very fine needle. The amount of product that will be injected depends upon your individual treatment plan.
It is normal to experience a small amount of minor redness, swelling, or discomfort at the sites of the injections. These symptoms can be expected to fade rapidly – a couple of days at most.
Frankly Answered Questions
Here are our frank answers to the most frequently asked questions about Belotero:
How is Belotero different from other facial fillers?
One aspect that sets Belotero part is a minor cosmetic issue with some fillers. Some facial fillers can leave behind a light bluish tint when they are injected too close to the skin’s surface. Since Belotero does not contain this color, there is no risk of this happening.
When will I notice the results?
You should notice immediate effects, and your results will continue building in the following weeks and months, as the injected product draws moisture into your skin to create additional volume and help minimize facial lines and wrinkles.
How long will my results last?
Belotero offers long-lasting results of up to six months. Around that time, many people choose to have another treatment session so that they don’t experience any drop-off in skin quality before their next session.