Belotero Frequently Asked Questions

All About Belotero: Belotero Frequently Asked Questions


If you’ve been exploring options for injectable fillers and have been considering this, here are some Belotero frequently asked questions to help you. Skin Theory Aesthetics™, a premier med spa with locations in Corona and Riverside specializes in cosmetic treatments including the injectable filler Belotero.


In this “ask all”, our experts give you Belotero basics (and more) to guide you in your dermal  filler decision.


Question: What is Belotero?

Answer: Belotero is similar to other injectable dermal fillers available with the difference that Belotero is an injectable cosmetic filler with hyaluronic acid as its base. Belotero is used to restore facial volume and structure, and improve the appearance of wrinkles for a more youthful appearance.


As a filler, it’s particularly effective in treating moderate-to-severe lines and wrinkles. If you want to address vertical lip lines, Belotero is the filler best for this.


What exactly is hyaluronic acid and why is it effective as an ingredient in cosmetic fillers?


Hyaluronic acid, also known as hyaluronan, is a naturally occurring substance in the body. It exists as a clear substance and is found in high amounts in connective tissue, in the eyes, and skin.


Hyaluronic acid aids the body’s ability to retain water to keep tissues well lubricated and moist. The skin contains half of the hyaluronic acid in the body.


The amazing moisture-binding property of hyaluronic acid and its ability to retain water makes it ideal as an ingredient in highly moisturizing skincare products, and certainly in dermal fillers like Belotero.


Question: How Does Belotero Work?


Answer: As a filler, Belotero is soft and has a gel-like consistency. As mentioned, the base is hyaluronic acid which binds with water in your skin to fill in lines and wrinkles.

Depending on what Boletero product you have injected, it can address moderate to severe creases and wrinkles. Some products have more volume and are appropriate to use for lip augmentation or for adding volume to sunken cheeks or chin.


Question: What Areas Does Belotero Target?


Answer: Belotero is approved for use on nasolabial folds. However, its use has expanded to these:


  • Address under eye bags

  • Improve appearance of wrinkles on the forehead

  • Fill in lines around the eyes, nose, and mouth

  • Contour cheeks and jawline

  • Contour and plump lips

  • Correct small nose bumps

  • Treat acne scars


Below, we discuss the different products in the Belotero line that address specific issues.

Question: What are the Different Products in the Belotero Line?


Answer: Belotero was initially approved in 2011 by the FDA for use in addressing moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds or laugh lines.


However, since then, the Boletero product line has expanded to include different Belotero fillers with varying consistencies to treat different types of facial lines.


Belotero Soft. This product is used when subtle smoothening of fine lines and wrinkles is desired. It’s used to address lines around the mouth, horizontal forehead lines and wrinkles around the eye corners (crow’s feet).


The results of a Belotero Soft treatment can last up to 12 months.


Belotero Lips Shape, and Belotero Lips Contour.  These two products are designed specifically for use in the lips to enhance contour and add volume. The results can last up to 6 months.


Belotero Balance. If you have moderate to deep lines and wrinkles around the mouth or have nasolabial lines or marionette lines, and frown lines, this product is the appropriate one to use.


Nasolabial lines are lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth, while marionette lines are lines at the corner of the mouth.


The results of the Belotero Balance can last up to 6 months.


Belotero Intense. If you have deeper lines and folds, specifically nasolabial lines, and marionette lines, this is the more appropriate product to use. The results can last up to 12 months.


Belotero Volume. This used to lift and shape areas where there is age-related volume loss, specifically for the cheeks, temple area and chin. The results can last up to 18 months


Question: What Factors Affect The Longevity of Belotero Results?


Answer: A Boletero treatment typically lasts nine to eighteen months. These factors may affect the longevity of the results:


✔️ Type of treatment

✔️Treatment area

✔️ The severity of the case

✔️ Age

✔️ Lifestyle

✔️ Skin Type

✔️ Metabolism

✔️ The Boletero product used (see above for results of specific products)


Question: How Does Belotero Compare vs to Juvederm


Answer:


The Similarities

Juvederm is another popular dermal filler option. Both Boletero and Juvederm are used to improve the appearance of wrinkles. They’re also both used to restore contour to areas of the face that have suffered age related volume loss.


Both Belotero and Juvederm are FDA approved, and therefore safe. Juvederm was approved for use in 2006, Belotero was approved in 2011.


Similar to Boletero, Juvederm has a hyaluronic acid base. Both are mostly used in the face including around the cheeks, eyes, nose, mouth, and on the lips.


The Differences

Compared to Juvederm, Boletero has a lower density. This means it’s better used for filling in much finer lines and wrinkles. On the other hand, Juvederm works better on deeper and more severe wrinkles and folds.


Belotero is injected into the skin superficially, that is, higher up in the dermis. On the other hand, Juvederem is injected deeper into the skin.


Results for both Boletero and Juvederm are immediate. However, Boletero results last from 9 to 18 months. Juvederm results, on the other hand, may last a bit longer - one to two years.


Question: Is Belotero Safe?


Answer: Belotero has been FDA approved in 2011. As such, it had undergone countless clinical tests to assess its safety. Belotero has been proven effective for wrinkle correction.


Like other hyaluronic acid products used for wrinkle correction, it has been available for years and has been used in thousands of treatments since its FDA approval.


Question: Who Is a Good Candidate for a Belotero Treatment?


Answer: While considered safe for a majority of people, you do have to be 18 years old and older to be a good candidate for Belotero. You must also be healthy and have a healthy immune system.


Those who suffer from severe allergies or have multiple allergies and have a history of anaphylaxis  should not have Boletero treatments. It’s specifically risky if you’re sensitive to gram-positive bacterial protein called peptidoglycan, which can cause allergic reactions.


The safety of Belotero for pregnant women or those who are breastfeeding or lactating has not been established. Because there are still risks involved, it’s important to disclose your full medical history to your specialist before committing to a Belotero treatment.


Question: What To Expect with a Belotero Treatment


Answer:


Pre-treatment consultation

To ensure that a Belotero treatment is safe for you, it’s important to disclose your medical history to your practitioner. It’s especially important to disclose if you’re highly allergic, have a history of anaphylaxis, or are sensitive to gram positive bacteria protein.


You should also inform your practitioner of any medications (even herbal supplements) you’re currently taking.


Your practitioner will advise you to avoid taking certain medications, including nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), a few days before your appointment.


Treatment proper

Belotero is an injectable filler that is administered using a fine gauge needle. It’s a simple and quick treatment that takes anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour. How long the treatment lasts will depend on what you’re having done.

Most Belotero products already contain lidocaine, a type of local anesthesia that helps keep you comfortable during the procedure. If you’re especially sensitive to pain, ask your practitioner about applying a topical anesthesia to help numb the pain.


Your injector might use a pen to plot out areas where the shots will be done. The treatment area will be cleaned with an antiseptic solution to avoid after treatment infections.


Once the area is thoroughly cleaned, your injector will use a fine gauge needle syringe to administer the Belotero. They might gently massage the area after the injection to ensure that the filler spreads out. This ensures that the results will look more natural.


The number of syringes your injector will use will depend on how many areas you’re treating and what needs to be corrected, as well as your desired end result. During the treatment, you may opt to sit or recline, whichever position is comfortable for you.


After treatment

Results are immediately noticeable after the treatment. You may go back to your normal activities after your appointment.


Your practitioner will advise you to avoid the following for up to 24 hours after your Belotero treatment:


x Strenuous activities including going to the gym

x Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs and aspirin

x Alcoholic beverages

x Makeup

x Putting pressure on treatment areas

x Sun exposure or excessive heat (extremely hot showers or saunas) or extreme cold for up to two weeks after treatment


It’s not unusual to have some pain and swelling near the injection site within 24 hours after treatment. A cold pack applied to the area should provide relief from the discomfort. However, do this gently to avoid putting pressure on treatment areas.


Question: Are There Any Risks or Side Effects With Belotero?


Answer: Belotero treatments are minimally invasive and generally safe. However, it can cause side effects. Some are minor and tend to resolve on their own in about 7 days.



The most common side effects:

  • Redness

  • Swelling

  • Bruising

  • Tenderness


Less common side effects include:


  • Lumps and bumps

  • Hardening of the skin

  • Discoloration

  • Numbness

  • Dry lips


These adverse side effects are largely a result of wrong administration of the filler. Therefore, it’s important to choose your provider very carefully. Choose one who is trained, certified and most importantly experienced in injecting dermal fillers.



Interested In Belotero? Call Skin Theory Aesthetics™

If you feel Belotero can address your issues, our specialists at Skin Theory Aesthetics™ are happy to discuss the treatment with you.


Because you, your concerns, and your facial structure are unique, we take time to assess your skin, ask about your needs, and find out your expectations after the treatment. At Skin Theory Aesthetics is an art.  It’s about making you look and feel amazing.


When you’re ready to commit to your Belotero treatment, we will carefully design a treatment plan that best suits your needs. We take meticulous care to ensure results are ultimately beautiful and natural looking.


Call us at 951-735-5570 to set up an appointment.


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