Your face may have been glowing and youthful years ago due to natural elasticity and a wealth of elastin and collagen stored in your body. As you age, your skin loses firmness and elasticity as these natural nutrients become depleted, which leads to visible symptoms of aging, such as facial lines and wrinkles. At Lou Plastic Surgery in Houston, TX, board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Derek Lou offers a variety of aesthetic and dermatological treatments, such as Belotero Balance injectable wrinkle filler. Belotero is approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to help improve the appearance of fine to deep wrinkles and lines throughout the face, which includes persistent, deep-seated lines, as well as the nasolabial folds around the mouth. A nonsurgical solution, Belotero is a hyaluronic acid (HA) product that reveals a natural, rejuvenated appearance.
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Belotero - Ideal Candidates
Belotero injections are beneficial if you want to improve the appearance of fine to deep facial lines, wrinkles, and folds without the time and expense of surgery. Belotero is most beneficial for lines around the lips and mouth, such as the nasolabial folds. Prior to the procedure, Dr. Lou will perform a consultation to go over your medical history, current medications, and known allergies to decide if you are a good candidate for Belotero.
Belotero - Procedure Technique
After your consultation, you will be escorted to one of our treatment areas to undergo your treatment. Belotero is injected with a very small needle so many individuals do not need a numbing cream or local anesthesia, but it is available upon request to further minimize discomfort. The injection sites will be identified and cleaned before Belotero is injected in several, quick applications. Pressure will be applied to the injection sites for a few moments to control any bleeding, but you will then be free to return to your daily activities.
Belotero - What to Expect
Following your Belotero injections at Lou Plastic Surgery, you might have some mild swelling, redness, or bruising around the injection sites — these symptoms will fade in the coming days. You will see some immediate results after your Belotero treatment that will continue developing in the weeks following the procedure. Belotero results typically last around six months so speak with Dr. Lou about when to schedule your next appointment to enhance or maintain your results.
How much does it cost?
The cost of Belotero will vary, depending on the number of syringes that are needed to address your cosmetic concerns. During your consultation, Dr. Lou will be able to assess your profile and create a custom treatment plan. From there, he can provide an estimate of your cost and go over all your payment options.
How does it work?
There are many reputable fillers on the market today, each with their set of benefits. While several filler products comprised of hyaluronic acid exist, Belotero works a bit differently to interact with the mid to deep dermis for correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds. The differences between the hyaluronic fillers can be discussed during the initial consultation.
Is it safe?
Yes. Belotero is an FDA-approved treatment that has undergone extensive tests to validate its efficacy and safety. It has been in the cosmetic market for years and is popular among both men and women. It is especially a great option for those who wish to diminish nasolabial folds or smile lines.
How many treatments will I need?
The number of treatments needed to attain optimal results will vary from patient to patient. Typically, Belotero results will appear almost immediately and can last up to 6 – 12 months. On average, most patients visit our office 2 – 3 times a year for touch-ups.
Filler or BOTOX?
If you want to diminish the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles without having to undergo a surgical procedure, like a facelift, then an injectable treatment may be an ideal solution. While both fillers and BOTOX work to diminish the appearance of wrinkles, they are different. BOTOX temporarily freezes the underlying facial muscles for a smoother appearance while fillers use a gel to eliminate wrinkles.
Refresh the appearance of your face and still look natural with Belotero Balance injectable wrinkle filler treatments by Dr. Lou in Houston, TX. Proven fast and effective, Belotero fillers can give you a younger look without a surgical procedure. Call Lou Plastic Surgery to schedule a consultation with Dr. Lou and find out more about Belotero and to develop your personal treatment plan.