In our youth, our skin was naturally plump and radiant. However, exposure to sunlight, gravity, and pollutants weakens the skin significantly over time. Even worse, the natural aging process weakens and diminishes the skin’s youthful appearance. At CJM Aesthetics in Bay Village, OH, we understand the importance of strong, healthy collagen for self-confidence. For this reason, we are proud to offer Belotero Balance.
Belotero Balance, sometimes simply called Balance, is an injectable dermal filler designed to boost the skin’s collagen production rate in the treatment area. If you have moderate-to-severe cosmetic concerns caused by volume loss, there is a very good chance this treatment will benefit you. To help you decide whether this injectable will behoove you, keep reading to learn more about it, including what cosmetic concerns it was designed to treat.
What Is Belotero Balance Used for?
Belotero Balance is usually used to treat volume loss-related nasolabial folds that are moderate or severe in nature. However, it can also be used to address a number of other cosmetic concerns caused by moderate-to-severe volume loss. For instance, this injectable dermal filler can be administered into the midface and upper face to treat:
- Bags under the eyes
- Marionette lines
- Gaunt cheeks
- Sagging jowls
- Thinning lips
- Asymmetrical lips
- Poorly contoured cheekbones
How Quickly Does This Treatment Work?
The versatility of this injectable dermal filler is incredible. Most fillers can only be used to treat one or two cosmetic concerns. However, the versatility of this injectable is not its only compelling benefit. Another compelling benefit is how quickly this treatment works. Individual experiences vary, but you can generally expect to see your desired results just two to three short weeks after your treatment session.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
Before your treatment session begins, we will inspect your areas of concern to verify that your skin is not irritated. We don’t want you to feel any pain or discomfort during your injection session, so if your skin is burned, infected, or otherwise irritated, your session will be rescheduled. Assuming there is no irritation in the treatment areas, your skin will be sanitized thoroughly.
The length of your treatment session depends on many factors, including the severity of your cosmetic concerns and the number of cosmetic concerns you have. If you are only trying to treat a couple of moderate concerns, like marionette lines and nasolabial folds, your session may only take 15 or 20 minutes. Your session will take closer to an hour if you have a number of severe concerns due to the number of doses necessary to achieve desirable results.
How Much Downtime Is Required for Recovery?
While there is a recovery period following your injection session, there is no downtime required. Depending on the scope of your concerns, you may be able to come in for your session on your lunch break and return to work without taking any PTO. However, there are a couple of post-treatment restrictions you should keep in mind.
For instance, it is vital that you do not participate in any strenuous physical activity, like lifting heavy weights or playing a soccer match, for 24 hours post-treatment. Also, you should avoid excessive heat for 24 hours post-treatment. Therefore, when you shower, make sure you use lukewarm water instead of steaming hot water. Additionally, don’t get in a dry sauna or steam room.
What Else Should I Avoid After My Treatment?
It is also important to avoid too much pressure being applied to the treatment area during the first 24 hours following your injection session. Therefore, you should sleep on your back. When you wash your face, make sure you do it gently, and pat your skin dry gently with a soft towel instead of rubbing it dry.
Nicotine, alcohol, and blood-thinners should also be avoided after your injectable dermal filler session. Note, included in blood-thinners are prescription blood-thinners, over-the-counter NSAIDs, and dietary supplements that can thin the blood.
How Long Can I Expect My Results To Last?
There are a number of factors that will affect the longevity of your results, but you can expect extremely durable results once the full effects of this injectable have been realized. As a general rule, you can expect your ideal results to last between six months and a year. Since the results of this treatment are derived from extra collagen production, keeping your collagen as healthy as possible will extend the longevity of your results.
For instance, it is vital that you eat plenty of vitamin C and protein because collagen is a special type of protein made up of three amino acids. For your skin to produce collagen, it needs all three of these amino acids. If you don’t eat enough protein every day, you may not get enough of the essential amino acids in your diet for your skin to produce an adequate supply of collagen. Also, your existing collagen will not be healthy.
What Else Can I Do To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
Your skin doesn’t just need three amino acids and vitamin C to produce collagen. It also needs plenty of water. Moreover, your skin needs plenty of water to keep your existing collagen as strong and healthy as possible. Therefore, to enjoy results that last as long as possible, you need to make sure your skin is thoroughly hydrated.
To make sure the outer layers of your skin are hydrated, moisturize once or twice per day. How often you need to moisturize depends on the type of skin you have. For instance, you should only moisturize once daily if you have oily skin. If you have dry skin, you should moisturize twice daily. Also, try to consume roughly three-quarters of a gallon of hydrating fluids daily through beverages and foods to keep the deepest layers of your skin hydrated.
What Should I Avoid To Extend the Longevity of My Results?
If you want your Belotero results to last closer to a year than six months, avoiding excessive alcohol consumption is vital. Alcohol dehydrates you and causes your renal system to flush out essential micronutrients, like vitamin C. Stick to one or two drinks daily depending on your age and sex.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
To find out whether Belotero Balance injections are right for you, it is imperative that you attend an initial evaluation with a skincare expert. One reason a consultation is so important is that we need to make sure that this injectable will treat your cosmetic concerns effectively. While nasolabial folds are usually caused by extreme volume loss, they can also be caused by overactive muscles. This treatment isn’t effective in the latter case.
Another reason a consultation is so important is that we need to make sure this treatment will be safe for you. This injectable dermal filler is FDA-approved for both efficacy and safety, but only for certain individuals. For example, this skincare treatment is not appropriate for children, women who are pregnant, or women who are nursing. Also, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment if you cannot follow all preparation instructions.
What Preparation Instructions Will I Need To Follow?
We will provide you with a complete list of instructions to follow in preparation for your injection session. Each rule must be followed because each rule is important for ensuring that your treatment goes smoothly. For instance, you must avoid taking NSAIDs and other blood-thinners before your treatment so you don’t have to worry about the injections causing bruising. Furthermore, you need to avoid potentially irritating treatments prior to your injection session.
For example, you should not get a chemical peel or laser treatment the week before your Balance session because such treatments have the potential to irritate the skin. Your session will be rescheduled if your skin is irritated at the time of your appointment. Also, you need to take other steps to prevent skin irritation, like minimizing UV exposure and not using a preventative acne treatment if you are prone to outbreaks.
The Bottom Line
Belotero Balance is used to erase moderate-to-severe nasolabial folds temporarily by boosting your skin’s collagen production rate in the lower portion of the face. However, it can also be used to address other cosmetic concerns, like hollow cheeks and marionette lines. To find out whether this injectable dermal filler is right for you, contact us now at CJM Aesthetics in Bay Village, OH to book an appointment.