Our bodies disappoint us, especially when we reach the bridge of aging. There are various changes from physical to emotional and to mental states. But no matter how much physical deterioration aging gives us, there are also innovative ways where we combat these signs of aging. From botox to dermal fillers to dermaplane, microneedling, etc., there are loads to choose from. But if you are familiar with all of these and still cannot decide, we are introducing you to belotero – a perfect tool for decreasing wrinkles and fine lines appearance.
What is belotero?
Belotero is in line with facial fillers containing hyaluronic acid (HA), a naturally occurring substance in the body. According to sources, belotero has a gel-like consistency wherein hyaluronic acid combines with water for additional volume and plumping to your skin. As a result, the product makes your skin look smoother, fresher, and younger.
Our bodies are absorbent to the hyaluronic acid the belotero contains. This filler fuses into facial skin tissues to produce a soft and smooth complexion. The product is known to smoothen out severe wrinkles and fine lines instantly.
What is belotero known for?
Belotero is best known for its convenience. Although the only one who can administer belotero is a medical professional, you do not have to undergo allergy testing before you are appointed; there are typically no allergic reactions caused by belotero. Aside from this, there is only minimal recovery time, and you can immediately return to your daily routine after your treatment.
It was said that belotero could treat fine lines and wrinkles, but it is best on nasolabial folds too.
What body parts do belotero treat?
The treatment is approved for nasolabial folds. On the other hand, it also treats the following:
What does belotero do?
A touch of belotero product can:
- Reduce and correct under-eye bags.
- Contour your jawline and cheeks.
- Plump and volumize your lips.
- Smooth and fill the outlines around your nose, mouth, and eyes.
- Take care of forehead wrinkles.
- Correct tiny nose bumps.
- Address some types of acne scars.
Results and side effects
The results of a belotero treatment can last from six to eighteen months. However, this depends on what type of belotero product was used.
Belotero Intense lasts up to twelve months for lip enhancement and deep fine lines.
Belotero Balance/Belotero Basic: lasts up to six months when used for minimal to the moderate lip or line enhancements.
Belotero Volume: lasts up to eighteen months when used to volumize temples and cheeks
Belotero Soft lasts up to twelve months when used for lip enhancement and fine lines.
Belotero is generally safe because the Food and Drug Administration approved it last 2011. But like any other facial treatment, it has temporary side effects. The usual risks of belotero include redness, bruising, tenderness, and swelling. There can also be less common side effects like bumps and lumps, skin hardening, dry lips, discoloration, and numbness.
The rarest side effects that you can experience are the following:
- Permanent scarring
However, these severe side effects are rare and can only be experienced in the hands of the unprofessional. Sources suggest that these risks result from an untrained provider and poor injection technique, so find a reputable provider and clinic.
On the other hand, you can temporarily experience the typical side effects like these will vanish on their own after seven days.
Cost and efficiency
A belotero treatment costs $620 on average, but this may change depending on several factors, such as the following:
- Several treatments are needed.
- Geographical location.
- Amount of product required.
- The belotero product used.
- Your provider’s fee.
Insurance would not cover your belotero treatment because it is a cosmetic procedure.
After a belotero procedure, you can immediately see the results with just a minimal downtime. The number of treatments needed primarily depends on your aesthetic goals, type of belotero product, and expectations. The more treatments you get means better result maintenance. But at the end of the day, what matters the most is how you take care of your skin with or without a belotero procedure.
How does the belotero procedure work?
Whether you plan your belotero procedure, you might be curious about how it works. Here is everything you should know to give you a virtual experience of the belotero process.
Preparing for the belotero procedure: Although you do not need to undergo allergy testing, you must have an initial consultation with your provider because they will conduct assessments on your medical history. However, you should still inform them about your medications and allergies (if there are any). You will not need much preparation. But you can avoid taking nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) a few days before your appointment.
During: Usually, your provider will not apply anesthesia or any numbing creams because most belotero products contain lidocaine which is a local anesthesia that aids in reducing pain from injections. However, if you are worried about pain, you can contact your provider about anesthesia or numbing cream applications.
As the belotero procedure starts, your provider will draw marks to map the areas to be treated and clean them with an antiseptic solution.
Next, your doctor will inject the substance using a fine needle and massage the areas after so the belotero product will spread more evenly. The treatment lasts between twenty to sixty minutes, depending on the number of injections, treated sites, your injector, and your skin.
Aftercare tips: It is expected that the results from the procedure will be immediately visible. As said earlier, you can return to your daily activities, but it would be best to avoid the following 24 hours after the procedure:
- Alcoholic beverages
- Extreme heat and sun exposure
- Arduous activities
- Aspirin and NSAIDs
The best outcome for the belotero procedure is in the hands of a well-trained provider. In Refresh Aesthetics, your tailored needs are their top priority to give you the most excellent and unique injection experience.