Healthy skin is radiant, voluminous, and smooth. During a person’s younger years, the skin is at its healthiest thanks to the optimal production of proteins and other structural molecules.
With age and sun damage, the skin of the face starts to develop issues such as moderate and harsh age lines. These issues can be reversed through the use of Belotero.
Belotero: An FDA-Approved Dermal Filler
Belotero is an injectable dermal filler containing the active ingredient hyaluronic acid (HA). Fillers are dermal injections that typically offer immediate results. HA is a well-known naturally produced humectant that is present in the skin. A humectant is a molecule that imbibes water from the surrounding regions and swells up in size.
HA is a key molecule in skin aging because it protects the skin from reactive oxidative species (ROS), promotes the proliferation of new blood vessels, and regulates overall immunity.
In young skin, HA is produced in the required amount. Intrinsic and extrinsic factors take a toll on HA production and the results become evident on the skin. A popular solution to replenish the lack of HA in the skin is by using dermal fillers containing HA.
Belotero was certified safe for use and received FDA clearance in 2011 for use in correcting nasolabial folds (the harsh lines that stretch from the sides of the mouth to the sides of the nose). It is often also used for its off-label benefits in correcting other types of facial lines.
Ideal Candidates for Belotero
Most people who are looking for a solution to their facial wrinkles are excellent candidates for Belotero. It is particularly ideal for those who are interested in a corrective method that is non-surgical.
Belotero is not recommended by boys and girls under the age of 18 or for young mothers who are still breastfeeding. It is also unsuitable for individuals who are allergic to recombinant proteins extracted from gram-positive bacteria.
The Belotero Treatment Experience
Before the procedure, the candidate will discuss their medical history with the doctor to rule out any allergies to the treatment. Belotero contains lidocaine, a type of local anesthesia, to minimize the pain from the injections. The doctor additionally offers to apply topical anesthesia to further numb the region.
Areas which require treatment are marked and sterilized with a surface antiseptic wipe. Belotero is then injected through a fine-gauge needle. The treated regions are gently massaged to evenly spread the product.
After treatment, the region will appear tender and may have some slight swelling and bruising. The results of Belotero are visible immediately and long lasting, and there is zero downtime associated with it.
You can return to work straight from our office immediately after the procedure. Strenuous activity, excessive exposure to sun, and consumption of alcohol should be avoided for a minimum of 24 hours following the treatment.
Make an Appointment
Doctors Bivik Shah and Robert F. Centeno are board-certified plastic surgeons with a wealth of knowledge and experience in a number of procedures. To learn more about Belotero and to get started with your treatment process, contact our office and arrange a consultation.