What is Belotero?
While most patients are familiar with the use of Botox to prevent age markers like wrinkles from forming, they are not as informed about another popular method of combating age: dermal skin fillers. These injections are administered superficially to plump lines, creating an even skin texture.
Hyaluronic acid fillers are more widely used for this purpose as these molecules are already present in the makeup of the skin. In younger people, this natural compound is found in abundance, but as people age, its presence diminishes. By reintroducing hyaluronic acid to the skin, youth and vitality are restored.
Though other hyaluronic injectable fillers are used by other facial plastic surgeons, commonly Juvederm and Restylane, the products have proven inferior to Belotero for superficial line injections. Sessions remedy a more diverse range of aging side effects, treating lines and wrinkles of all dimensions throughout the face.
In addition to the injectable filler’s efficacy, the aesthetic results are more natural. Other fillers can create a bluish-colored hue known as the Tyndall effect when injected too closely to the surface of the skin. This aesthetic side effect can be avoided with Belotero injections.
At Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery in Austin, Texas, Dr. Edward Buckingham’s office offers short sessions where patients can undergo Belotero facial injections. Though the initial consultation may be lengthier than subsequent visits, treatment sessions last around 45 minutes. Not only is the treatment quick, it’s also very effective. Patients will notice results immediately. Injections may need to be periodically repeated, and each syringe of the material costs around $650.
Follow Your Surgeon’s Instructions
While Belotero injects are non-surgical and minimally invasive in nature, there will be some swelling and bruising after the procedure. By reading Dr. Buckingham’s instructions prior to and after the session, patients will enjoy a pleasant experience.
The doctor may suggest you come into the office with a makeup-free face, or avoid sun for a few days prior to Boletero. To ensure patient comfort, the doctor may provide an ice pack or topical numbing solution to be used 15 or so minutes before the injections.
Following the dermal injections, patients can return to work and their normal schedules, but may be asked to refrain from other facial cosmetic treatments until the skin has calmed. Laser skin resurfacing and chemical peels can irritate the already inflamed skin. There is very little preparation and recovery associated with dermal fillers, as this is a low maintenance cosmetic improvement option.
Invest in Cosmeceuticals
Cosmeceuticals, or near prescription-grade skincare products provide each patient with an at-home treatment plan to prolong results and promote healthy skin. The doctor may be able to suggest certain products or lines that will add daily benefits to a patient’s looks. Though the hyaluronic acid in Belotero rehydrates the skin internally, the epidermis may require additional care for upkeep. Some skincare products contain hyaluronic acid, which can aid in facial skin plumping.
Drink Plenty of Water
The human body consists primarily of water, and when low in this vital fluid, a person’s health and looks can suffer. By remaining hydrated, a healthy feeling and appearance are restored.
When dehydrated, the body may circulate water to essential areas of the body, such as the blood, leaving the skin dry and wrinkled. In addition to this natural occurrence, moisture of the skin is constantly flowing outside of the body, especially as one perspires.
On average, women should drink just over two liters of water per day, while men need a little more than three. Extra fluid intake is necessary if you exert a lot of energy or it is particularly hot, causing excessive sweating. If water is not continually consumed throughout the day, patients are impacting the moisture levels within the skin.
Avoid Massaging the Skin of the Face
Following Belotero injections, patients may be advised to keep their hands away from their face. The skin may be sensitive to the touch, and slightly swollen. The fastest, most effective healing occurs when there are no additional irritants compromising the epidermis. Belotero binds to the water molecules of the skin, and the process should not be disrupted.
Stay Away from Anti-Coagulants if Possible
Some patients take aspirin, NSAIDS, and warfarin out of medical necessity and may need to continue to do so after Belotero injections. If, however, a person takes these medications for discomfort relief, the doctor may suggest others.
These drugs reduce the natural coagulation process of the blood, and may lead to more bleeding and bruising around the injection sites than would otherwise occur. Because a very small hypodermic needle is used during the procedure, many patients find medication unnecessary.
These general tips may be helpful to the majority of those interested in Belotero injections, but the consultation will provide prospective patients with information specific to their own health and anatomy. Dr. Ed Buckingham of Buckingham Center for Facial Plastic Surgery can be reached at his Austin, Texas location via the following methods:
Phone: (512) 401-2500
Email: Patient Contact Form
Office Location: 2745 Bee Cave Rd #101 Austin, Texas 78746