Belotero is an injectable dermal filler with a hyaluronic acid base. Hyaluronic acid is naturally found in your skin. It binds with water, which helps to plump up your skin and make it appear smoother. Over time, your body absorbs the hyaluronic acid in Belotero.
Belotero was originally approved by the FDA in 2011 to fill in moderate to severe nasolabial folds, also called laugh lines. However, the company has since expanded its line of products to include fillers of different consistencies for treating different types of lines.
For example, Belotero Soft is used for very fine lines, while Belotero Volume is used to restore volume and plump up the cheeks, nose, and lips.
Belotero is safe for most people. However, its safety for people under the age of 18 or women who are pregnant or breastfeeding is unknown. You should also avoid Belotero if you have a history of severe or multiple allergies, especially to Gram-positive proteins.
Belotero has a soft, gel-like consistency. The hyaluronic acid in the product binds with the water in your skin to subtly fill in lines and wrinkles.
Some Belotero products have more volume, which makes them effective for enlarging your lips, cheeks, or chin.
Before the procedure, your doctor will take your medical history. Make sure you tell them about any allergies you have or medications you take before the procedure.Most Belotero products contain lidocaine. This is a type of local anesthesia that helps to minimize pain from the injection. If you are concerned about pain, you can also ask your doctor about applying a topical numbing agent before the procedure.
Before giving you an injection, your doctor might use a marker to map out the areas being treated. Next, they all clean with area with an antiseptic solution.Once the area is clean, your doctor will inject Belotero using a fine-gauge needle syringe. They might gently massage the area after the injection to help spread out the filler for a more natural look. The number of syringes your doctor will use depends on how many areas you are treating. The entire procedure can take anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on what you are having done. In addition, some people require a touch-up after the initial treatment to achieve their desired look.