Belotero is an injectable dermal filler originally approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in 2011 for the treatment of nasolabial folds. Since then, its manufacturer has also produced fillers with different consistencies for the treatment of various types of facial lines, such as Belotero Soft for ultrafine lines and Belotero Volume for the nose, cheeks and lips.
The Belotero cost depends on several factors, such as the size and location of the treatment areas and the number of injections required. Be sure to ask about the cost before undergoing the procedure as it may not be covered by medical insurance.
What Areas Is It Used On?
Belotero is used in the following instances:
* Fill in the nasolabial folds, or laugh lines, which run from the nose to the corners of the mouth
* Fill in crow’s feet, or the lines radiating from the corners of the eyes
* Fill in forehead wrinkles
* Reduce the appearance of under-eye bags or circles
* Contour the jawline and/or cheeks
* Plump the lips
* Treat certain types of facial acne scars
* Improve small nose bumps
As with all types of dermal fillers, Belotero should only be administered by a licensed practitioner who has undergone training for it. While the results can be impressive, the risks can be high if it’s administered incorrectly.
How Does It Work?
In general, Belotero has a hyaluronic acid base that binds with the water in the skin and, thus, fill in the fine lines and deep wrinkles in the treatment area. Furthermore, there are Belotero products specifically designed to add more volume under the skin and, thus, enlarge the cheeks, chin, and/or lips. All Belotero products, nonetheless, have a soft, gel-like consistency.
Hyaluronic acid is naturally produced by the body. When it’s in the right quantities, it binds with water in the skin and aids in its plump, smooth and supple appearance, as well as its soft texture.
The hyaluronic acid base in Belotero will be absorbed by your body over time. For this reason, reinjections are required to maintain the youthful appearance of your face, if you so desire.
How Is It Done?
Your doctor will perform a screening procedure to determine whether you are a suitable candidate or not. Be sure to inform him about your medical history including your medications and allergies.
The steps in Belotero administration typically includes:
* Your doctor may apply a topical numbing on the treatment area if you’re concerned about the discomfort. Most Belotero products, however, already contain a local anesthesia (lidocaine).
* Your doctor will map out the areas for injection and clean your skin with an antiseptic solution.
* Your doctor will inject Belotero with a fine-gauge needle syringe followed with a gentle massage after the injection to spread out the filler.
The entire procedure can take between 15 and 60 minutes depending on the treatment areas. The results should last between 6 and 18 months depending on the type of Belotero product used.