OVERVIEW Belotero is a hyaluronic acid-based injectable filler, like Juvederm, Restylane, Prevelle Silk and Perlane. Hyaluronic acid naturally occurs in the skin and connective tissues and its supply is depleted as part of the ageing process when wrinkles and folds appear, and skin starts to droop. The filler is suitable to treat adults with unwanted facial wrinkles, folds and/or sagging skin. The effects generally last around 6-12 months as the body breaks down the acid over time.
Belotero was approved by the US FDA in 2011. lt is intended to treat crows feet, frown lines and forehead wrinkles, and nasolabial folds and marionette lines. It is thought to be particularly suitable for superficial fine lines and wrinkles and manufacturers boast less risk of lumps (granulomas).
There are different formulations of Belotero: some are intended to fill the deeper lines and wrinkles, and for plumping volume in the lips and cheeks. These are injected into the deepest layers of the dermis and can achieve the mostime visible changes. Other formulations are intended for superficial lines and wrinkles like crows feet. These are injected into the top layers of the skin.
WHAT TO EXPECT The treatment usually takes under half an hour. The doctor will first disinfect the skin in the treatment area and carefully inject using a very thin needle into the target areas. The number of injections varies depending on the patient's aesthetic gials. Patients are free to leave the office immediately following the treatment and there is generally no recovery time, with patients returning to their normal daily activities immediately. Following the treatment you may experience some minor swelling, redness, and bruising that usually disappears within a couple of days but could last up to a week.
BENEFITS Belotero injections (and other hyaluronic acid-based fillers) can temporarily replenish the skin's supply of hyaluronic acid, adding volume and lift to a given area, smoothing wrinkles, and resulting in a more youthful appearance.
POTENTIAL DOWNSIDE Risks include redness, swelling, itching, and tenderness at the injection site. These side effects usually subside within a week. There is currently no known risk of lumps developing under the skin, although these can occur with other hyaluronic acid fillers, and it may be too early to tell whether this is also a risk of Belotero.