What is Belotero Balance?
If a lifetime of laughter is showing deep lines or wrinkles edging their way around your lips and face from, refresh your look and bring back your youthful glow. Belotero is an injectable dermal filler with a hyaluronic acid base. Over time, your body absorbs the hyaluronic acid in Belotero which helps to plump up your skin and make it appear smoother.
Belotero was originally approved by the FDA in 2011 to fill in moderate to severe nasolabial folds, also called laugh lines. However, the company has since expanded its line of products to include fillers of different consistencies for treating different types of lines.
How Does Belotero Work?
Belotero has a soft, gel-like consistency. The hyaluronic acid in the product binds with the water in your skin to subtly fill in lines and wrinkles. Some Belotero products have more volume. This revolutionary product gently fills in even severe lines and wrinkles around your nose and mouth with benefits like:
- Quick treatment sessions
- Immediate visible results
- Little to no downtime
- Natural-feeling skin
- Full facial mobility
What can I Expect During the Procedure?
As with all injectables, Belotero Balance is administered by your Oculoplastic Surgeon right in the comfort of your local SightMD office. Before the procedure, your doctor will take your medical history. It is important that you tell them about any allergies you have or medications you take before the procedure. Most Belotero products contain lidocaine which is a type of local anesthesia that helps to minimize pain from the injection. If you’re concerned about pain, you can also ask your doctor about applying a topical numbing agent before the procedure. Before giving you an injection, your doctor might use a marker to map out the areas being treated. Next, they’ll clean with area with an antiseptic solution then they will inject Belotero using a fine-gauge needle syringe. After the injection they might gently massage the area to help spread out the filler for a more natural look. The number of syringes your doctor will use depends on how many areas you’re treating. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what you’re having done. In addition, some people require a touch-up after the initial treatment to achieve their desired look.
What Areas Does Belotero Target?
Belotero is approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds. However, it’s also used on the forehead, chin, cheeks, and lips.
Belotero is used to:
- Fill In Lines Around Your Eyes, Nose, And Mouth
- Correct Under-Eye Bags
- Fill Forehead Wrinkles
- Contour Your Cheeks And Jawline
- Plump Your Lips
- Treat Some Types Of Acne Scars
- Correct Small Nose Bumps
Are There any Risks or Side Effects?
While Belotero is generally safe, it can cause a few temporary side effects. These tend to go away on their own in about seven days. Common side effects of Belotero include:
Less common side effects include:
- Hardening Of The Skin
- Lumps And Bumps
- Dry Lips
In rare cases, a Belotero injection can cause more serious side effects, including:
- Permanent Scarring
However, these more serious side effects are usually the result of poor technique or an untrained provider. You can avoid these risks by making sure you choose a licensed provider who has plenty of experience injecting dermal fillers.
What can I Expect After the Procedure?
You should notice the effects of Belotero immediately after treatment. Following the procedure, you can return to your usual activities right away.
However, it’s best to avoid the following for 24 hours after your appointment:
- Strenuous Activity
- Excessive Heat Or Sun Exposure
- Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (Nsaids) And Aspirin
- Alcoholic Beverages
You might also have some pain and swelling near the injection site during the next 24 hours. Applying a cold pack to the area can provide relief. Belotero Balance lasts up to 6 months when used for subtle to moderate lines.