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Belotero

Belotero is an injectable filler made of hyaluronic acid, a naturally present substance in the human body that binds to water and gives skin its volume. It's not yet

By Zeel Editorial Staff, Last updated: June 26, 2012

Regulatory approval: Belotero injections can help smooth nasolabial folds, frown lines on the forehead, crow's feet, and general wrinkles. The dermal filler can also be injected into the lips, chin, and cheeks.

Other names: Non-Animal Hyaluronic Acid (NaHA) gel, monophasic gel dermal filler

Belotero is created using a process called Cohesive Polydensified Matrix (CPM) technology. In plain terms, this technique reduces the likelihood of lumps and makes the results last longer.

The injectable gel fills in wrinkles. It can also be injected into the chin, lips, and cheeks for the appearance of youthful fullness.

Belotero is available in three formulations - Soft, Basic, and Intense. Each package is made up of various concentrations of hyaluronic acid - 22.5, 20, and 25.5 mg/ml respectively - designed to tackle different levels of wrinkle woes.

Containing the lowest concentration of acid, Belotero Soft is injected into the upper layer of the skin to treat superficial wrinkles like crow's feet and brow furrows.

Belotero Basic is designed to be injected into deeper layers of skin and is ideal for volume enhancements like lip augmentation.

Like its Basic brethren, Belotero Intense is also placed deep within the deeper layers of skin. Intense treats severe lines and wrinkles with a higher concentration of hyaluronic acid.

The method of injection remains the same for each. After disinfecting the targeted area, a topical anesthetic is applied to decrease any discomfort experienced from the injections. Belotero injections take approximately 15 to 30 minutes to complete. The skin's quality should continue to improve over the course of a week.

What It's Good For

Belotero injections can help smooth nasolabial folds, frown lines on the forehead, crow's feet, and general wrinkles. The dermal filler can also be injected into the lips, chin, and cheeks.

When will I see results?: The effects of Belotero are temporary; the hyaluronic acid which is reabsorbed by the body within six to nine months of treatment.

Did you know?: If improperly injected, trials have shown that dermal fillers like Restylance and Juvederm can tint the skin blue, giving off the appearance of bruising or spider veins. This is known as the Tyndall effect.

One advantage of Belotero is that the product does not seem to cause this effect, making it especially suitable for injection under the eyes, the area most prone to the effect.

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