Anyone looking for a non-invasive and effective way to maintain a more youthful appearance should consider looking into a filler like Belotero. At ICT Eye & Beautiful Eyes in Wichita, KS, we can safely apply this filler to help you regain your confidence. Here’s what you need to know.
How Soon Does Belotero Start Working?
Almost immediately after your appointment, you should notice a change in your appearance as the product takes up space under your skin.
Over the next 14 to 21 days, you should continue to see improvements to your skin until the final results are visible.
What Exactly Is Belotero?
This is a filler made with hyaluronic acid as the main ingredient. It’s applied to the desired areas of your face using a fine needle.
Specifically, this filler is designed to target the lower face and decrease signs of aging like wrinkling and sagging.
What Does Hyaluronic Acid Do?
This sugar can be found naturally in various parts of your body, including your skin. Its main job is to provide hydration to these areas by attaching itself to moisture molecules. As you age, however, your body loses amounts of its natural hyaluronic acid. This can cause issues like a loss of volume which can, in turn, exacerbate wrinkling and sagging.
This filler puts the hyaluronic acid back into your skin to help it appear full again. Additionally, hyaluronic acid can help to stimulate collagen production. Collagen is a protein that helps skin maintain elasticity, so its presence is crucial for maintaining a youthful appearance.
Where Can You Use This Filler?
One of the most prominent wrinkles on a person’s face are smile lines. These are the lines appearing between your nose and your mouth. They are also often called laugh lines or nasolabial folds.
Getting injections of this filler will put more volume and elasticity into the area, significantly reducing the appearance of these folds.
Cheeks are one of the areas where a loss of volume can be particularly noticeable. As your cheeks get thinner, this can also age your appearance.
Injections of this filler will put more volume into your cheeks, plumping them. It’s also a good way to add a little more definition to them.
Another common area to get injections of this filler is the lip area. You may have lips that have gotten thinner as you’ve aged, or they may have always been thin as a result of your genes. Regardless, this filler will inject volume into your lips to help them appear fuller and plumper.
Many people also use this filler to decrease the appearance of lipstick lines or smoker’s lines. These are small, vertical lines that appear on a person’s lips with age and volume loss.
What Is Getting Treatment Like?
How to Prepare
The first thing we’ll do is hold a consultation with you. During this time, we’ll discuss several things, including your medical history, to ensure this is the best option for you. We’ll also talk about your goals and address any questions or concerns that you might have.
This is also an opportunity for us to inform you of things you’ll need to avoid during the 24 to 48 hours before your appointment. This includes alcohol, tobacco, and certain supplements and medications.
We’ll begin the treatment by thoroughly cleaning the areas where you will be getting the injections. At this point, we may also apply a topical numbing cream to the areas. You will feel no pain during treatment. There will only be a small pinch as the needle is applied.
You’ll receive multiple injections of the product in specific locations. Doing this allows us to provide you with the accurate results you’re looking for. Most appointments only take around 30 minutes, and you can leave as soon as your treatment is complete.
There is very little you need to worry about after receiving treatment since it’s non-invasive. You’ll just need to be mindful of the fact that your skin will be slightly more sensitive than usual. This means that you’ll need to stay away from direct sunlight as well as strenuous physical activity.
Other than this, you’ll be able to return to your regular life. The skin around the injection sites should heal within a week or so.
How Long Do Results Last?
The amount of time you get to enjoy your results will depend on several factors, including where you get your injections and how your skin reacts. Typically, most people find their results last somewhere between 6 to 12 months.
How Can You Get Results to Last Longer?
Take Good Care of Your Skin
A healthy skincare routine is one of the best things you can do for your skin overall, but especially after you’ve gotten cosmetic treatment. Wash your skin twice a day with a quality cleanser to remove any buildup, and apply moisturizer afterward.
Look for moisturizers that contain ingredients like hyaluronic acid or glycerin to help support your skin’s health.
Live a Healthy Lifestyle
Staying generally active and eating right are good for your overall health as well as your skin. Look for foods that contain lean proteins, like white meat and fish, and get plenty of healthy fats as well as fruits and vegetables.
Drink Lots of Water
Keeping yourself hydrated immediately after your appointment will help to support the hyaluronic acid in this filler and allow you to see results sooner. Staying hydrated will also ensure that your results last for as long as possible.
Wear Sun Protection
The sun’s UV rays can negatively affect your skin. Unprotected exposure to the sun can result in your treatment being less effective. You may notice more wrinkling and sagging along with other concerns like dark spots. There is also the risk of skin cancer.
Applying sunscreen with at least 30 SPF and wearing gear like hats and sunglasses will provide you with the protection you need to help your results last.
Will Results Look Natural?
Some people want to see a major change in their appearance when they get a treatment like this one. On the other hand, others want something more minimal. We’ll discuss what your goals are and customize your treatment to get you exactly what you’re looking for.
Regardless of how major or minor you want your changes to be, you can count on this treatment looking completely natural.
Belotero vs. Surgery
If you’re looking for permanent results, then your physician may recommend surgery. However, surgery can be highly invasive and carry many risks with it.
If you’re uncomfortable with the risks of surgery, but you still want to get long-lasting results, this injectable treatment is a great alternative.
Can You Combine It with Other Treatments?
This treatment option can be safely combined with many other cosmetic treatments. For example, you may be able to combine it with another injectable designed for the upper portions of your face, like your eyes and forehead.
It’s also possible to combine it with products like BOTOX. These products work by blocking signals that come from your brain and tell your muscles to over-contract. This keeps the muscles relaxed which, allows the skin on top to stay smooth and wrinkle-free. When combined with a filler like this one for more volume, this can provide patients with even more dramatic results.
Who Is a Candidate?
This filler is carefully formulated and is approved by the FDA for patients over the age of 21. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid this treatment. You should also stay away for the time being if you currently have any skin conditions around the areas you are looking to treat.
Since most people begin to see wrinkling around their late 20s and early 30s, this is a good time to consider getting this treatment. However, it can also be helpful for people looking to prevent signs of aging before they appear or as a way to enhance certain features.
Get in Touch Today
If Belotero sounds like what you need to feel confident in your appearance again, then all you need to do now is choose the right clinic. Our team will be excited to welcome you. Learn more when you call us at ICT Eye & Beautiful Eyes in Wichita, KS.