Sunday, May 20, 2012

The Latest Dermal Filler!

There is a new filler available in the United States,
 and we have it at Plush Medical Spa!

   Last fall, the FDA approved this hyaluronic-acid filler, known as Belotero, which can be used to treat moderate-severe facial wrinkles and folds.
   Belotero has been used for years in Europe and Canada, and it is very similar to other hyaluronic fillers, such as Juvederm and Restylane. However, there are some key differences you should know about. Belotero come to us from Merz Aesthetics, the company behind the Radiesse filler and the botulinum toxin Xeomin, both also approved by the FDA for cosmetic use in the USA.

#1. Belotero is for superficial wrinkles and folds.

The main difference between Belotero and other products like Juvederm and Restylane, is that Belotero is designed to help treat superficial lines and wrinkles that are closer to surface of the skin. This is important because other HA fillers, like Juvederm, Restylane, and Perlane, can produce a bluish hue under the skin if they are injected too superficially. This is called the Tyndall Effect, and can be a significant problem when inexperienced practitioners are doing the injections. The problem has supposedly been solved with Belotero, but everyone should remember that the Tyndall Effect occurs very rarely in the hands of experienced injectors. 

#2. Belotero may last longer than other HA fillers

Nasolabial folds Before & After Belotero 
The key word here is “may”. The duration of effect after treatment will entirely depend on factors like age, treatment, correction undertaken and the accuracy of placement by the practitioner performing the operation. Most HA filler manufacturers say that their products last up to 12 months, but in reality, 6-12 months is probably a better estimate. The company that makes Belotero says that it lasts 6-12 months on average, compared to 6-8 months with Juvederm. Time will tell if this is true or not. 
 According to Belotero manufacturers, "The creation process involves using cohesive polydensified matrix (CPM), a technology that involves a unique process that is capable of giving the product remarkable elasticity. It is this elasticity that gives the product its monophonic nature. Compared to biphasic products, this product can yield better results in terms of volume increase and wrinkle reduction." 

Side Effects of Belotero.

The most common side effects from Belotero and other hyaluronic acid fillers, are bruising, swelling, and redness around the area that was treated.  This is common after any injection, and usually resolves after about 1 week. While it is possible to develop an allergic reaction to any filler, this is extremely rare with Belotero and the modern HA fillers.
 The Bottom Line about Belotero
Crow's feet treated with Belotero
Overall, Belotero may fill a gap in the filler industry by allowing practitioners to use it to treat superficial fine lines without having to worry about the possibility of the bluish hue. This quality may make Belotero useful for treating superficial lines between the eyes, around the mouth, or under the eyes where the skin is thin and the Tyndall Effect is more common.

How can I get more information about Belotero?

If you have any questions about Belotero, or about any of the other fillers such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane, Radiesse or Sculptra, feel free to give us a call at 334-702-6869 to schedule your FREE consultation with Dr. Bell, or  send us an email at, or visit our website:

Plush Medical Spa, LLC
548 Westgate Parkway
Dothan, AL 36303