How best to use the new filler Belotero?
Belotero is a relatively new, and much anticipated, hyaluronic acid (HA) filler. All the hyaluronic acid fillers are slightly different from each other, and therefore allow physicians to match the best filler to the problem. Belotero blends very well into the skin is best for:
creased skin and etched-in lines, like the smile creases
under eye area where the skin is very thin
etched lines that radiate from the lips
any place where superficial placement is needed and the other HA fillers may be visible through the skin
Belotero can be used in a variety of areas
Like other dermal fillers, Belotero can be used around the mouth in the nasolabial folds and marionette lines, in the cheeks, and the tear troughs. It is particularly useful in superficial lines in the lips and the area between the eyebrows called the glabella.
Areas for Belotero Injections
Any of the HA fillers are used to injected in all areas of the face. Most areas of injection are "off-label" but are in common use. I have found Belotero to be an excellent filler for the fine lines and wrinkles around the mount and the upper lip. I prefer Juvederm Ultra XC or Restylane for under the eyes. Juvederm Ultra XC for lips, Juvederm Ultra Plus XC or Radiesse for the cheeks and jawline.
Belotero for certain facial areas
Belotero is the thinnest filler on the market and changes with large amounts of pressure very easily. As a result, thin areas not subject to significant pressures do well with Belotero. Lines around the lips, crow's feet, forehead lines, lines between the brows, scars, sleep lines around the chin or cheeks all do very well with Belotero. Filling shadows in areas of thin skin, such as in the tear trough, also serves Belotero well.
Belotero is not ideal for cheek, chin, nose, or jaw augmentation nor is it a cost effective filler for filling nasolabial folds or marionetter lines.
Belotero filler for the eyelids
Belotero is an excellent filler and can be used for thinner areas of skin, like the eyelid skin and crows feet. Belotero can also be useful for acne scars.
How/Where is Belotero Used?
Hi anon. We are currently using Belotero in a couple very specific areas. Although it can be used in many of the same areas as Restylane and Juvederm, we have found it to be particularly useful on the upper lip and the lower crow's feet area (onto the cheek). The smoker's lines can be challenging but Belotero can be injected very superficially and works almost like caulking for these fine lines. Same for the area on the cheekbones that is below the crow's feet.
Areas Where Belotero Can Be Applied
Belotero can be applied anywhere on the face including: tear troughs, forehead, around the mouth, and lips. Some doctors use it to treat horizontal neck lines since it can be injected superficially.
It has a different chemical structure that makes it very light. This property allows it to actually fill in fine lines on the face. With older hyaluronic acid fillers, there would be complications such as the Tyndall effect (bluish discoloration) and possible clumping.
Here is a video of patient with before and after image. All she wanted to fill in a single fine line on her face. Belotero was the best choice for her needs.
What areas can Belotero be used to treat?
Belotero is an HA product which makes it easy to use anywhere you would use Restylane or Juvederm, But because is it very soft it doesn't create much "lift". So It depends on what your trying to achieve. It is not the best for volume, but it is ideal for superficial fine lines or under thin skin such as in tear troughs.
What areas can be treated with Belotero?
Although there may be some distinction between FDA-approved areas and off-label areas, Belotero could be used in any of the same places that the other hyaluronic fillers (Restylane, Juvederm) are used. I would say the most commonly treated areas with Belotero would be lips, under eyes, and any superficial lines on the face.