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.
"Dr. Lou was great! He completely put me at ease. I had something done that I thought would be more complicated. He explained the procedure and said it could be done in his office in a 30 minute time span. So easy! Now I regret waiting so long."- A. / Healthgrades / Jan 10, 2019
"Dr. Lou and Erica are simply amazing! Dr. Lou is not only a very talented surgeon he is a very patient, nice, and comforting Dr. Him and Erica never made me feel rushed or like I was asking too many questions and made me feel completely comfortable, I love them and am forever grateful to them for changing my life. Allie has been wonderful with post op treatments as well, could not ask for a better team than Lou Plastic Surgery!"- S.H. / Google / Oct 16, 2019
"Dr. Lou and his team are absolutely phenomenal and were God sent. I'd previously considered another surgeon for my procedure but didn't feel quite comfortable with him. So, I searched my insurance portal, and found Dr. Lou. I respect how he believes in knowing exactly what he's going into before a surgical procedure. Therefore, I was scheduled to have several CAT scans done before cutting into the unknown. He was very attentive during my healing process, and even came to my aid on Christmas day to check on me. His right hand person/office manager, Erica is more kind than I can express! She assured me that everything would go as planned, and ALWAYS greeted me with a smile....she even took out time to listen to me speak about my past moments of depression due to my displeasure with my body. What more can I say? Dr. Lou is an absolutely AMAZING and extremely CARING surgeon!! I'd choose this practice all over again if need be."- C.Y. / Google / Oct 12, 2019
"I saw Dr. Lou for a second opinion after an incident involving my thumb. There's a long story behind how the injury got so bad, but finding Dr. Lou was the best thing that ever happened to me. I only wish I had known him at the onset of this ordeal. The day before I met Dr. Lou, another doctor (at a clinic) was trying to convince me to go into emergency surgery to open my thumb up for what they said was infected very badly. Turns out, there was no infection at all, which was exactly what Dr. Lou confirmed before the results even came back. Dr. Lou is the best in my opinion. A doctor has to be able to listen (and there was a lot of background to give him), have compassion for the patient (which I was totally convinced he cared about me, what I was going through and my fears) and still provide the best solution for the problem. He had to clean up (cut) my thumb pretty good (and by good - it wasn't pretty, but I felt nothing b/c I was numb), but I immediately started the down road to recovery which no other doctor (I had seen 3 already) could get me to. It's because of Dr. Lou and his staff that I write this long review. I haven't experienced anything this traumatic in my adult life! Some people would say "it's just a thumb"...but you don't realize how much you need a thumb until it's almost gone! I'm almost 100% healed and Dr. Lou and his nurses have guided me every step of the way. They make you feel like family and you just don't get better than that these days! Thank you for everything Dr. Lou, Erika and Allie!"- K.M. / Google / Oct 11, 2019
"I wanted to write a review to thank Erika for helping me arranged my appointment with Dr. Lou to get some injections done. She helped me iron out some questions I had about the injectable products. I've been going to Dr. Lou for over a year now and his work is superior and he really provides excellent patient care. I definitely recommend Dr. Lou for all cosmetic needs whether it's small or large. Remember to ask for Erika when you call to book your appointment."- A.H. / Yelp / Oct 03, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Frequently Asked Questions
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.