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A new dermal filler, known as Belotero, is on its way to the United States, after enjoying considerable success in Europe and Canada. The non-animal hyaluronic acid used in the dermal filler makes it a completely compatible formula that is also highly biodegradable. The cohesive substance offers more elasticity than other types of dermal fillers and the product comes in three distinct formulas, allowing doctors to customize treatment to a patient’s specific needs. With this new product soon to land on American shelves, Botox Forum took a closer look at Belotero to see how it measures up against traditional Botox treatments.
What is Belotero?
Like other dermal fillers, Belotero is administered by injection, to plump aging, wrinkled skin from the inside out. Hyaluronic acid, the stuff Belotero is made of in synthetic form, is a naturally occurring substance in the body that hydrates the skin and helps to keep it soft and supple. However, as we age, we produce less hyaluronic acid, creating fine lines, wrinkles and sagging skin. Belotero replaces the much needed hyaluronic acid, so lines are minimized and a youthful complexion is regained once again.
Benefits of Belotero
There are a number of reasons to consider Belotero as an anti-aging treatment, including:
- No allergy testing is needed prior to treatment
- The procedure is relatively non-invasive, with minimal discomfort and no downtime afterward
- Belotero works on any area of the face, and is effective on both fine lines and deeper creases
- The results of Belotero last anywhere from six months to one year
- The product offers three formulations, allowing doctors to customize treatment to a patient’s specific needs
Belotero may also be preferred to other dermal fillers when it comes to treating fine lines. One of the complaints of many dermal fillers currently on the market today is that the solutions leave a blue tint to the skin when administered to more superficial wrinkles. Belotero does not leave a blue tint after treatment, making it a preferred option to those showing the beginning signs of the aging process.
Belotero or Botox?
Belotero is expected to be available on the U.S. market soon, leaving some individuals wondering whether this new filler would be a better option than Botox for treating their own aging symptoms. In some situations, Belotero might indeed be the better choice, although Botox is still the gold standard in anti-aging for many patients today. There are many differences between the two, and it is important to understand exactly how each treatment works to find the best anti-aging solution for your needs.
Unlike dermal fillers, Botox works by relaxing facial muscles that lead to fine lines and wrinkles. This is one of the oldest anti-aging treatments on the market today, with a proven track record of success. Botox has specifically been approved by the FDA to treat very specific facial lines, including forehead creases and frown lines that appear between the eyebrows. On the other hand, dermal fillers like Belotero offer greater flexibility in their ability to treat a wider range of wrinkles on any area of the face. Because Belotero also works on fine lines, it provides an even greater range of options than most other injectable treatments. And if you don’t like the results? Injections of hyaluronidase can eliminate the effects of Belotero quickly.
Another advantage dermal fillers like Belotero offer is their long-lasting results. While Botox treatments may need to be repeated every three to six months to maintain a more youthful appearance, Belotero patients may be able to go six to 12 months before needing a touch-up session. With a comparable cost between the two, the fact that Belotero treatments are spread out through a longer period of time may make this option more economical.
For fine lines and areas like the corners of the eyes and around the lips, Belotero may be the best choice in anti-aging treatments. However, Botox is still the most effective solution for reducing deep forehead creases and frown lines between the eyebrows. The good news is that there are plenty of good anti-aging options for those wishing to shave years off their complexion. To determine whether Belotero or Botox is the best choice for you, contact a representative at Botox Forum to arrange a free consultation with a skin care specialist in your area.