As we age, our skin starts to lose firmness and elasticity, and we begin to develop wrinkles as a result. Wrinkles can make people look unhappy, tired, or angry, even when they’re well-rested, excited, or content. Although there are countless over-the-counter products that claim to eliminate wrinkles, most of them don’t really work. The good news is that there is a non-invasive solution that can help both men and women get rid of their wrinkles and achieve a more youthful appearance: Belotero. Belotero is one of the newest dermal fillers on the market. It is made with a hyaluronic acid and can improve the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles around the mouth and eyes, making many patients look years younger. At Doctors Plastic Surgery in Chicago and New York, we are thrilled to offer Belotero to patients who are looking for long-lasting, natural-looking rejuvenation.
Benefits of Belotero
There are a number of benefits to Belotero injectable treatments. The most significant benefit is the fact that the filler can be injected very close to the surface of the skin. In the past, areas around the eyes and fine lines around the lips could not be treated with any type of filler. This was disappointing for patients who wanted to resolve wrinkles in these delicate areas.
Compared to other fillers, Belotero is lighter and thinner, making it ideal for delicate areas. Belotero also leads to a more natural look than many other treatments because it completely fills the dermal area when it is injected. It creates a natural effect and a seamless transition between the treated and untreated areas. Lastly, Belotero can provide patients with a youthful contour for up to a year. Like other fillers, Belotero is not associated with any downtime, meaning patients can get back to their normal activities right away.
Good Candidates for Belotero
Belotero can be a great option for a variety of different patients. People who are bothered by the fine lines around their mouth or eyes and those who have hollow areas underneath their eyes may be good candidates for Belotero. Belotero may also be an effective treatment option for those who would like to restore some volume around their cheeks.
Patients who choose Belotero treatments should be in good general health and have reasonable expectations. We do not recommend this filler for patients with active skin conditions such as pimples, cold sores, cysts, or rashes. A private consultation is the perfect way for an individual to determine whether or not they are a good candidate for this treatment.
What to Expect From a Belotero Consultation
The purpose of a Belotero consultation is to help patients identify whether Belotero is right for their needs. During a consultation, the patient will meet one-on-one with one of our expert surgeons so that they can explain their aesthetic goals and learn more about what is involved in a Belotero treatment session. Patients are encouraged to use this time to ask any questions they may have and learn about other treatment options.
The Belotero Treatment
Since Belotero treatments involve injections, we encourage patients to stop taking any blood thinning medications at least a few days prior to the procedure if possible as they may increase bleeding. These medications include anti-inflammatory drugs such as aspirin or ibuprofen. Alcohol should be avoided as well.
To inject Belotero, our surgeons use very fine needles and carefully place the filler where it is needed in order to reach the patient’s goals. Just like lines and wrinkles vary from face to face so does the amount of Belotero our surgeons use for each patient. The amount of correction desired, as well as the number of areas of treated, will determine how much Belotero is needed. Topical anesthesia or ice may be used to help ensure the patient’s comfort during a treatment session.
Recovering From Belotero
Belotero is a non-invasive treatment that comes with virtually no downtime. Right after treatment, many patients return to work or resume their everyday activities. Patients may notice minor side effects such as redness, swelling, itching, and tenderness. Fortunately, these side effects usually resume within a few days but may take up to a week.
Frequently Asked Questions About Belotero
How does Belotero differ from other treatments?
Belotero uses proprietary technology to deliver incredible anti-aging results. It differs from Restylane and Juvederm because of its Cohesive Polydensified Matrix, which makes it more elastic than other fillers. This means that after injections, Belotero will be more evenly distributed and allows the transitions between treated and untreated areas to appear seamless. Other fillers may occasionally clump together under the skin and lead to less natural-looking results.
What is the difference between Belotero and Botox?
Botox is intended to treat fine lines and wrinkles that occur because of muscular contractions. Fillers such as Belotero, however, are designed to restore volume to deeper wrinkles and areas where collagen loss is present.
Are Belotero injections painful?
There is usually minimal to no pain or discomfort associated with Belotero treatments. Belotero integrates with the patient’s own tissues and does not disrupt the tissue as a result. It is injected with a very fine needle and may be paired with a topical anesthetic to ensure optimal comfort.
When will Belotero results be visible?
Results from Belotero are immediate. However, we advise patients to wait about two weeks to give their skin a chance to heal completely and allow the product to settle.
Can I go out in public after receiving Belotero injections?
Belotero involves virtually no downtime. While you may notice some mild swelling, this will typically subside within 24 hours. You can use ice to decrease any swelling and apply makeup immediately after treatment. Almost all Belotero patients go out in public and resume their daily activities right away.
What should be avoided right after a Belotero treatment session?
For the first 24 hours after a Belotero treatment session, patients should avoid strenuous activity, extensive heat or sun exposure, aspirin and other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, and alcoholic beverages.
What common concerns does Belotero treat?
Belotero is effective in treating a wide range of skin concerns. It can treat smile lines that run from the side of your nose to the corners of your mouth, vertical wrinkles above your lips, minor volume loss, and marionette lines that run downward from the corners of your mouth.
Are Belotero results reversible?
One of the unique advantages of Belotero and other hyaluronic fillers is that they are reversible. In the unlikely event that you are not pleased with your treatment, we can perform a touch-up. We can also inject hyaluronidase, which is a safe medication that can completely dissolve the filter.
Is Belotero similar to a botulinum toxin injectable?
Some patients wrongly assume that Belotero is the same as a botulinum toxin injectable. The truth is they are completely different products. Belotero binds the skin’s natural moisture together while botulinum toxin injections reduce muscle movements temporarily. Belotero offers natural-looking results without any stiffness.
How does a Belotero filler feel?
When a Belotero filler is injected, a very small needle is used. It will feel like a small pinch. Most patients find it tolerable and do not report a great deal of pain or discomfort. It’s not like a surgical treatment that requires general or local anesthesia. If you’d like, we can provide you with a cold compress so that you can feel more comfortable after injections.
How long does Belotero last?
The amount of product that is used and the area of injection will determine how long Belotero lasts. Areas that experience lots of movement as a result of talking, eating or smiling may not be as long-lasting as less active areas. Belotero usually lasts about six months and can be repeated as needed.
Why Choose Doctors Plastic Surgery for Belotero
Doctors Plastic Surgery is dedicated to staying on top of the latest and greatest cosmetic treatments. That’s why we began to offer Belotero to our New York and Chicago patients as soon as it hit the United States market and became FDA-approved.
Our surgeons have performed countless dermal injections and we are pleased to add Belotero to our long list of non-invasive treatments. We pledge to take the time to truly understand your unique cosmetic goals and provide you with the natural results that you’ve always wanted.
From the initial consultation to follow up appointments, you can expect individualized care and attention by a highly trained and experienced surgeon. We have no doubts that you’ll enjoy your experience in our state-of-the-art facility and can’t wait to meet you.
Schedule a Belotero Consultation at Doctors Plastic Surgery in New York or Chicago
To learn more about Belotero, schedule a private consultation with us at our New York, NY (718.395.5220) or Chicago, IL (312.313.2833) offices. Call us or fill out our online contact form to arrange your consultation today. We’ll help you determine whether this revolutionary filler is right for your aesthetic goals.