The Science of Rejuvenation
Duration: 1 - 2 hours
Hyaluronic acid. Sounds scary? Not really. Hyaluronic acid is just the fancy medical term for a sugar compound that occurs naturally in our bodies, and which is responsible for maintaining facial fullness and elasticity in our skin by binding to water like a sponge, absorbing up to 1,000 times its weight in water. Over time though, as we age, our bodies produce less of this important compound.
How Belotero Works
Hyaluronic acid is the active ingredient in Belotero, an injectable gel filler which restores a natural, youthful appearance by filling fine lines and wrinkles, smoothing skin by replacing the lost hyaluronic acid which occurs naturally in our bodies.
Belotero treatments look so natural only you will know, but you’ll look better (and feel better about your appearance!) right away. On average a single Belotero treatment will produce dramatically smoother skin for up to 6 months. Most patients will get Belotero injections twice a year.
Worried about pain? Belotero products contain pain-reducing lidocaine (the same numbing agent used by doctors and dentists) which will numb the treatment area within seconds.
Belotero: Best for treating
- perioral lines around the lips (smoker lines)
- neck rings
- tear troughs
HYALURONIC ACID FILLERS - WHICH IS BEST FOR YOU?
All of these filler products use hyaluronic acid as the active ingredient however there are some differences. Juvederm contains 20% more hyaluronic acid than Restylane, and Juvederm Ultra has even more. In some patients, we find that this means the effects of Juvederm will last longer. Belotero falls in the middle between Juvederm and Restylane in terms of hyaluronic acid concentration.
Please use the following guide to determine which treatment may be best for your needs. Our clinicians will also make recommendations at your free consultation.
Best for deep wrinkles and adding volume
Juvederm is smoother than Restylane, but this doesn’t mean better. While the smoother consistency of Juvederm means that it is less likely to leave small bumps after treatment (these will fade and smooth out in time) this also means that Juvederm is more likely to ‘bleed’ in to areas around the treatment area, with undesirable results. Juvederm is, for instance, ideal for filling lines and wrinkles, but if used in the hollows under the eyes can easily travel to the top of the cheeks, creating an undesirable puffiness. For this application, Restylane would be the better choice.
Best for fine lines, moderate folds and lips
Restylane and Restylane Lyft are slightly coarser than Juvederm, but while this means that a Restylane treatment may leave small bumps that will take a few days to smooth out, the thicker consistency means that Restylane is less likely to ‘travel’ outside the treatment area. This makes Restylane the right choice to fill in lines and wrinkles around the eyes and lips as well as the nasolabial folds. Restylane will smooth these areas without creating puffiness in the surrounding tissues.
Best for very fine lines
Belotero is the newest of the hyaluronic acid fillers and is smoother than both Juvederm and Restylane, but due to the slightly different way the molecules are bound in Belotero, it is ideal for filling very fine lines. Where both Juvederm and Restylane are injected deeper in the skin to create fullness, Belotero is injected just under the surface and evenly fills fine lines, producing a very natural youthful-looking smoothness to the treated area.