Belotero is dermal filler used in Europe since 2006. Last year, in 2011 it was approved by the FDA. Belotero is made of hyaluronic acid, like Juvederm and Restylane. However due to the way it is produced, Belotero has unique structural properties that allow it to perform differently from older forms of HA fillers. Physicians can inject it superficially. Being closer to the skin’s surface enables it to correct fine lines.
Comparative hyaluronic acid fillers had the tendency to form lumps. So doctors had to inject them at deeper skin levels. Here is a diagram that illustrates the difference between Belotero and other HA fillers.
Belotero’s molecular structure includes an acid component. This characteristic allows it to be very compatible with the internal skin environment.
Belotero’s Applications As a Wrinkle & Cosmetic Treatment
Because Belotero does not require deep injection, it is able to treat issues such as
1) Fine lines and dark circles under the eyes. It does not elicit the Tyndall effect where a blue hue is seen because of the way light passes through a clear substance.
2) Neck creases that run horizontally.
As a hyaluronic acid, Belotero can also be used for lip enhancement as well as a wrinkle treatment for:
1) Crows feet
2) Frown lines
3) Forehead lines
4) Laugh lines and nasolabial folds.
The Different Types of Belotero
It is available in three concentrations.
1) Belotero Soft (20mg/ml)
2) Belotero Balance, also known as Belotero Basic outside the US (25mg/ml)
3) Belotero Intense (25.5mg/ml)
Currently only Belotero Balance is available in the United States.
Treatment results will last between 6-12 months.
The side effects of Belotero are similar to other HA fillers:
However these will usually dissipate within seven days after the treatment.
If Belotero molecules break under the skin, the byproducts are water and carbon dioxide. It is relatively very safe.
Los Angeles Belotero
Los Angeles Belotero is available at Fine Touch Dermatology for individuals in the Southern California area who feel they may benefit from this treatment procedure.