Belotero Orange County
What is Belotero?
Belotero is a brandline of hyaluronic acid (HA)-based dermal fillers. It is effective in the reduction of fine lines and wrinkles and provides color and contour enhancement to the lips. It easily integrates into the skin structure and produces lasting results.
This treatment was approved by the FDA in 2011 as an injection to smooth wrinkles and folds, especially around the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds). It is manufactured by Merz Pharma Group, a pharmaceutical company based out of Germany.
A dermal filler treatment typically takes 20-45 minutes depending on how many dermal fillers are used. The treatment is performed using tiny needles or cannulas depending on the clinician preference and the area. For added comfort a local anesthetic may be used. Although you may get immediate results, swelling is common and the final results typically take up to 2 weeks. The results typically last about 6 months.
Before / After
- Restores lost volume and enhances facial features
- Decreases the appearance of facial wrinkles and folds
- Used to reduce the appearance of lip lines, nasolabial folds (smile lines), marionette lines, tear trough (dark circles, eye bags), frown lines, scars (acne scars, trauma scars)
- Minimally invasive with the use of tiny needles
- Minimal discomfort the with use of a local anesthetic
- Quick results that last about 6 months
- Reversible if you do not like the results
Dermal Filler Pre & Post Care Instructions
- Plan this treatment at least 2 weeks before any important event to allow adequate time for possible swelling and bruising to subside.
- Medications or supplements that may increase your risk of bleeding should be avoided 3-7 days before treatment. These include, but are not limited to, anticoagulant medication, antiplatelet medication, aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, fish oil, flaxseed, garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, omega 3 fatty acids, St. John’s Wort, and vitamin A or E. You should consult with your physician before discontinuing anything prescribed or recommended by your physician.
- Stop drinking alcohol 1-2 days before injections.
- Consider taking Arnica the day of treatment.
- If you have a history of cold sores of Herpes Simplex Virus, you may be recommended to take an antiviral medication before treatment.
- Eat a meal or light snack before treatment. Notify the clinician if you have a needle phobia, prior to treatment. This allows the clinician to take the appropriate precautions to ensure your treatment is as comfortable as possible.
- Avoid touching the treated area for 6 hours. After that, light makeup can be applied and the area can be gently washed with soap and water.
- Immediately after the treatment, there may be slight redness, swelling, tenderness, and an itching sensation in the treated area. This is a normal result of the injection. The inconvenience is usually temporary and generally disappears in less than 6 hours after injection into the skin and less than 1-2 days after injection into the lips. Occasionally the initial swelling after lip treatment may last longer. Occasionally some patients experience swelling for about 1 week and the lips can look somewhat uneven during this time. This means that the result directly after the treatment should not be seen as the final result.
- If you have swelling, apply cold compresses to the treatment area for 5-10 minutes every hour as needed.
- If you have previously suffered from facial cold sores, there is a risk that the needle punctures could contribute to another eruption of cold sores.
- If you have any pain, you may take Tylenol.
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours after treatment.
- Avoid strenuous activities 1-2 days after the procedure. Walking is acceptable.
- No excessive sun or heat until any initial swelling and redness have resolved.
- Avoid squeezing or massaging the treated areas for several hours after treatment as this could subtly change the results.
- Apply sunscreen with broadband protection (UVA and UVB) and have a sun protection factor of SPF 30 or more.
- Medications or supplements that may increase your risk of bleeding should be avoided 2-3 days after treatment. These include, but are not limited to, anticoagulant medication, antiplatelet medication, aspirin, aspirin-containing medications, non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, fish oil, flaxseed, garlic, Ginkgo Biloba, ginseng, omega 3 fatty acids, St. John’s Wort, and vitamin A or E.
- This treatment is temporary and the duration of the effect can vary from patient to patient. You may wish to consider additional treatments before the effect has completely dissipated.
- Optimal results are generally achieved with patients who continue treatments routinely.
- Contact the office or seek medical attention if any concerning or unusual side effect occurs.