Even as recently as 10 years ago, there weren’t many options when it came to correcting the visible signs of aging. But now that the science of skincare has advanced, aesthetic treatments are capable of correcting even the most severe visible signs of aging. At CJM Aesthetics in Bay Village, OH, we know that Belotero Balance is an effective filler that can produce natural-looking, more youthful results.
So, what is Belotero Balance? This is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that can refresh your overall appearance by replenishing the volume in your skin. Like other dermal fillers, Belotero is injected directly into the areas of the face where volume loss has caused fine lines and wrinkles. But one of the best things about this particular dermal filler is how quickly you will be able to see your desired results.
How Soon Do You Get Results From Belotero Balance?
It’s reasonable for patients to want to know when they will be able to see the results of their treatment, especially since some topical treatments may take several weeks to show results. Fortunately, because this treatment works with the sub-dermal layers of the skin, you can easily see the results of this treatment within as little as 12 to 24 hours.
Part of the reason why your results will appear so quickly is that the gel-like filler will instantly place artificial volume in your skin. These instant results often work as a guide for us to determine how much filler you will need to achieve your ideal results. Many patients can see their results before they leave the clinic.
What Does Belotero Treat?
Belotero is one of the most versatile dermal fillers available to patients. While some other dermal fillers and injectable treatments can only address problems on certain ones of the face, Belotero can be used on virtually every facial area to improve your appearance. From thinning skin to contouring concerns to smoothing away wrinkles, this versatile treatment can help you accomplish all of your aesthetic goals. Some concerns include:
- Nasolabial lines
- Forehead lines
- Chin wrinkles and marionette lines
- Crow’s feet
- Under-eye hollows
- Hollow cheeks and a sharp jawline
- Nose ridge
- Thin lips
- Acne scars
Why Is This Treatment Effective?
Fine lines and wrinkles tend to deepen over time; when left alone, continued volume loss will deepen creases in the skin, which is why treating these concerns is sometimes challenging. While over-the-counter products to plump the skin may produce temporary results, these results are usually not powerful enough to make a true difference in your appearance. That’s why professional injectable treatments can make the biggest impact.
Because injectable treatments like Belotero Balance are formulated with science-backed ingredients, it’s possible to reverse the visible signs of aging and treat advanced skin conditions, like moderate-to-severe fine lines and wrinkles. Sometimes, dermal fillers are so effective that they can also slow the aging process down overall since better skin volume will decrease how quickly wrinkles will deepen.
The Importance of Hyaluronic Acid
The main active ingredient in Belotero is a synthetic form of hyaluronic acid, which is biologically compatible with the human body. Hyaluronic acid is a sugar-based molecule that is found in many skin and tissue cells in the body and is responsible for keeping cells lubricated. When we are young, we have an abundance of hyaluronic acid that keeps our skin maintain its moisture and a plush, soft texture.
However, after a certain age, usually before the age of 30, our body begins to produce less natural hyaluronic acid and our skin texture starts to change. A dermal filler that is formulated with hyaluronic acid can restore the balance of moisture in the skin and improve skin health overall, alongside also diminishing the visible signs of aging.
HA Supports Skin Structure and Health
The hallmark of youthful skin is an abundance of several proteins and sugars in the sub-dermal layers of skin that support the structure and texture of the skin. Collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid are all equally important for maintaining skin structure and tightness. Youthful skin is also rich in lipids, which are the fats that can maintain the moisture barrier of the skin. Many moisturizers and cosmetic products are formulated with collagen to repair tissue, hyaluronic acid to maintain hydration, and ceramides to support skin health.
But while each of these substances is equally important to the skin, hyaluronic acid actually plays a vital role and wears a lot of hats. For example, one molecule of hyaluronic acid can retain 1,000 times its own weight in water, which helps bind water to the skin cells. Scientific studies also suggest that natural collagen production increases when the skin is abundant in hyaluronic acid, which is another reason why HA dermal fillers are so effective. In general, hyaluronic acid can support skin health and appearance by:
- Tightening skin
- Reducing sagging
- Diminishing fine lines and wrinkles
- Restoring volume
- Improving elasticity
- Speeding up wound healing
HA Restores Smooth and Healthy Appearance
Staying hydrated is a key aspect of your overall health. When the body is even slightly dehydrated, it can have a moderately negative impact on our overall health – and usually, this is most obvious in the skin. As we age, our skin becomes less efficient in maintaining moisture, which is why older adults often battle dry skin and thinning skin, even on the face. Hyaluronic acid can restore moisture levels so you can keep your skin hydrated and looking healthy.
The incredible moisturizing abilities of hyaluronic acid are part of the reason why skincare products are incorporating this sugar molecule into products right now – even applied topically, hyaluronic acid can temporarily fill in small fine lines and soften the skin’s appearance.
How Will Your Belotero Treatment Work?
The trick to this treatment is the way the dermal filler creates a seamless blend of volume in the sub-dermal layers of the skin, which is why your results will appear natural-looking.
The first step of your treatment will be a consultation where we will determine if this treatment is right for your needs based on the severity of your fine lines and wrinkles, as well as your overall goals for this treatment. Your treatment will take about 30 minutes to complete and will not involve any downtime, so you can go right back to your routine.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How Long Will Results Last?
Most people can expect to enjoy the results of this treatment for six months at a time – or sometimes as long as a year. There are a few factors that will determine how long your results last, such as your age, your skin condition, how much filler was used, and even where the filler was injected. In general, fillers that are injected around the nose and the mouth won’t last as long as fillers placed in the cheeks or under the eyes.
2. How Can You Maintain Your Results?
After about six months, you will notice that your results are starting to fade as the hyaluronic acid filler is being fully absorbed and metabolized by the body and as your natural collagen production drops off. But you can easily maintain your results by attending a follow-up appointment as your results begin to fade, which will create continuous results. We can help you decide how frequent your maintenance appointments should be.
2. Is Belotero Safe?
Yes, Belotero Balance is a safe treatment. This dermal filler has been FDA-approved for nearly 10 years and has benefited thousands of patients. However, if you have a history of strong allergic reactions, you may need to pass a quick allergy test to verify this treatment is safe for you. In general, this treatment is well-tolerated and works for all skin tones and types.
3. Why Is Belotero Different From Other Dermal Fillers?
All dermal fillers share the same goal of increasing skin volume to create anti-aging results, but when it comes right down to it, Belotero is different from the vast majority of other dermal fillers because it has such versatile use. While Juvederm has several variants to accomplish a variety of results for different zones on the face, Belotero Balance is a single formula that can be used on the entire face.
4. How Is Belotero Different From Botox?
Botox is considered the number one non-invasive aesthetic treatment in the United States and is well-known for its ability to smooth the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the entire face. However, Botox is a neurotoxin, which means it works by relaxing the muscles in the face. Belotero, on the other hand, increases the volume of the skin.
While some may say that both Belotero and Botox accomplish the same goals, the truth is that each of these injectable treatments plays a specific role in improving your appearance. For example, some deeper wrinkles on the mid-face require additional volume to reduce their appearance, which is why Botox wouldn’t be a compatible treatment for nasolabial folds.
5. Is There a Best Age for Belotero Treatment?
No, there is no best age to start using Belotero or other dermal fillers. In general, most people who use dermal fillers are between the ages of 40 and 60, but many people in their 30s also use dermal fillers. When used correctly, dermal fillers can act as a preventative measure to slow down the aging process so you can look younger for longer. The best age to start using a dermal filler is when you notice that your skin is starting to lose moisture or form fine lines.
6. Is There Downtime After Treatment?
No, there is no downtime required for this treatment. You can go back to your regular activities, including work, running errands, and light exercise. You will only have a few aftercare instructions to follow, such as not massaging your skin, using hot water or steam, avoiding sunlight and heat, and also avoiding strenuous exercise for at least 24 hours. These aftercare instructions will ensure that your filler settles correctly in your skin and produces the results you want to see.
Hydrate and Restore Your Skin With Belotero Balance
As we age, our skin loses moisture and becomes more prone to developing fine lines or wrinkles. If you want your skin to look healthy and youthful, then a dermal filler treatment like Belotero is an ideal treatment. Most people are considered good candidates for this innovative, highly hydrating treatment. Please contact CJM Aesthetics in Bay Village, OH to schedule your first appointment today.