WHAT IS IT?
Belotero (Merz Aesthetic) is one of the lightest dermal fillers available. Sometimes called the “starter filler,” it is ideal for someone who wants to reduce fine lines around the lips, corners of the mouth, and minor marionette lines (the lines from the corners of your mouth down toward your jawline).
Belotero is made with a hyaluronic acid gel. “Hyaluronic acid is a sugar that’s found naturally in your skin and makes your joint spaces feel slippery. Its function is to absorb water, deliver nutrients, and act as a cushioning agent. So when you inject it into your skin, it acts like a sponge and expands to fill in wrinkles and folds and support sunken areas. The extra water brought to the skin’s surface also imparts a fresh, glowing radiance and a soft, supple skin texture. These injections induce a robust production of collagen, which helps to further firm and plump your skin and reduce wrinkles over time.
There are other brands of dermal fillers on the market today. Belotero is one of the lightest formulas. “Belotero is thinner than many of the other fillers, so it can be injected very high up in the skin without the risk of causing bumps, lumps, or much of a bluish cast, called a Tyndall Effect, which happens with thicker fillers. That’s why Belotero is primarily used to treat those first shallow fine lines, especially around the mouth where the skin is very thin. In many cases, a combination of two or more dermal filler brands applied to different areas will be most effective for optimal facial rejuvenation.
WHO IS IT FOR?
Belotero treatments show results on all skin types and skin colors, but are ideal for those seeking to smooth fine lines and folds, and plump areas with minor skin depression or fat loss. Belotero offers subtle results, so those wishing to fill deep-set wrinkles should consider more vigorous treatments, such as Juvederm Ultra Plus.
WHAT DOES THE TREATMENT FEEL LIKE?
Belotero treatments are fast and mostly painless. Typically, a topical anesthetic is first applied to reduce any discomfort. Once that takes effect, the dermal filler, is injected into the target area using a tiny, fine needle.
ARE THERE IMMEDIATE SIDE EFFECTS?
There is no downtime associated with Belotero treatments. Immediate visible side effects are minimal and may include temporary redness, tenderness, swelling, or bruising at the injection site, which can easily be concealed with makeup. In rare cases, small bumps may appear under the skin at the injection site. If they don’t dissipate within a week, check back in with your doctor.
WHAT ARE ANTICIPATED RESULTS?
Everyone can experience different results. A dose in one woman can result in a dramatic change, while it may have a very minimal impact on someone else. The effects of Belotero should be immediately visible, with continuous correction as new collagen regenerates. The area of injection should instantly appear smoother and fuller, with more volume and definition than before receiving the treatment.
RECOMMENDED COURSE FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?
One injection of Belotero tends to last 4 to 6 months, so 1 to 2 treatments per year will help maintain results. Over time, you may actually need less frequent visits and smaller doses thanks to the long-term benefits of creating new collagen.