Injectable fillers have been one of the most performed
cosmetic treatments of the last decade, and despite so many wonderful options
for filling deeper folds, restoring volume and contouring the face, we’ve been
missing a very important piece of the puzzle. Until now, there hasn’t been an
ideal option for superficial wrinkles such as crow’s feet and vertical
“smoker’s” lines around the mouth, but that all changed with the recent FDA
approval of Belotero
Similar to Restylane and Juvéderm, Belotero is comprised of
hyaluronic acid, which plumps up wrinkles by binding to the water that’s
already present in your skin. But one of the biggest advantages of Belotero is
that it is not visible through the skin when placed superficially, which can be
an issue with Restylane and Juvéderm. Called the “tindle effect,” the potential
for this blueish discoloration can prevent dermatologists from using Restylane
and Juvéderm for fine lines.
Belotero is made using a complex crosslinking
process that helps it integrate well with the surrounding collagen, in turn
preventing the tindle effect. This allows it to be used in the tiny lines
around the mouth, eyes and other places undetectably. Another advantage is that
Belotero can treat the lines just above the eyebrows that Botox and Dysport
can’t treat without lowering the brows.
The cost is about $700 per syringe and one syringe goes a
long way to rejuvenate the skin. Similar to other hyaluronic acid fillers,
Belotero lasts for about six to nine months, and many patients see increased
longevity with subsequent treatments. Just as with other injectables, do not
take ibuprofen, aspirin or omega-3 fatty acids for 10 days before your
appointment to lessen the risk of bruising.
Dermatologists are thrilled to finally have a product that
treats these lines, but be sure to go to someone with plenty of experience,
because Belotero requires an injection technique that’s different from the one
used with Restylane and Juvéderm.