Belotero is a hyaluronic acid filler that is available in three product variations. Balance was approved by the FDA in 2011.
Why is Belotero Different From Older Fillers
in the same family of fillers as Juvederm and Restlylane. However the hyaluronic acid molecules have been processed differently through the use of proprietary technology called Polydensified Cohesive Matrix which creates a smooth & cohesive gel substance, not a particulate suspension. This property allows the filler to integrate completely into the skin. Therefore, doctors can place it close to the skin’s surface without the risk of incurring unwanted issues such as clumping and the Tyndall effect.
Dermal fillers like Juvederm and Restlyane need to be injected deep within the skin. This is done to avoid the potential for a phenomenon known as the Tyndall effect, where a bruise like discoloration will emerge from within the skin. This will occur when light rays bend as they pass through a clear colloid.
And deep injections are also performed to prevent the appearance of lumps.
This is the first dermal filler that can be injected superficially without incurring these consequences.
Types of Belotero
Belotero is available as three product types which differ according to:
- concentration of the HA used
- needle thickness required for treatments
- Balance (also known as Basic)
- 27 gauge needle
- 25 mg/ml
- 30 gauge needle
- 27 gauge needle
- 25.5 mg/ml
Applications- Belotero Balance
Within the United States, only Belotero Balance has been approved by the FDA. This filler can be used to fill in nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth, depending on how deep or severe they are.
It can also be used to address finer lines, like smile lines on the sides of the face, static crows feet creases and vertical lip lines. For some patients, Belotero Balance may be a good choice for the lips.
How Long Does Belotero Last
Belotero lasts between 6-12 months. But this duration may differ across patients depending on how fast they metabolize the filler
Cost of Belotero Treatments
Like other fillers, Belotero is priced at $500/syringe.
Side Effects and Contraindications of Belotero
Belotero injections should not be used on patients who have histories of severe allergies, including gram positive for bacterial proteins and anaphylaxis. The filler should also be avoided in those with skin infections or who are prone to inflammatory reactions.
Common side effects of Belotero include:
However, these are usually temporary and tend to go away within a week.
Belotero For Fine Smile Line
This patient had a vertical smile line that had developed on her cheek. Before the availability of Belotero, this would have been very difficult to address with dermal fillers due to the risk of clumping and the Tyndall effect.
Dr. Umar was able to fill in this fine line very easily and effectively
Belotero to Fill Frown Lines
This patient had two vertical frown line creases between her brows. She did not want to use Botox or Dysport. Because these wrinkles were very fine and shallow, Dr. Umar was able to use this new form of hyaluronic acid to fill them.
Here are before and after pictures of her treatment procedure.
This patient wanted to get rid of fine lines between her brows and on her forehead. Because they were quite superficial, Belotero was an excellent choice for achieving her objectives.
For this patient, Belotero was used to treat static crows feet wrinkles which persisted even after receiving Botox.
Complimentary Consultations at Fine Touch Dermatology
If you are interested in learning more about Belotero to get rid of specific lines, you may benefit from a no cost consultation at Fine Touch Dermatology. This will give you a chance to ask questions and learn about the best treatment options for your needs.
Located in Redondo Beach you may call our office at 877-337-6424. Or you may fill out our online consultation form.