Belotero in New York City with Dr. Shridharani

What Is Belotero?

Belotero is an injectable dermal filler that is used to smooth mild-to-moderate lines and wrinkles on the face. Belotero is most commonly used for the fine lines around the mouth, lips, and under the eyes (tear troughs). These lines are affectionately named kisser’s lines, smoker’s lines, and smile lines.

What Is the Difference Between Belotero and Other Dermal Fillers?

Belotero is a hyaluronic acid (HA) injectable filler designed to integrate into the facial skin. This makes Belotero the perfect filler choice for those very fine lines. Belotero is a soft and cohesive gel that, once injected, instantly fills the skin to help smooth moderate-to-severe etched-in lines and wrinkles.

How Long Does the Procedure Take?

Dr. Shridharani never rushes through any procedures but can expertly inject your Belotero in around 20-30 minutes. However, it is important to note that the treatment time does vary from patient to patient. There are factors Dr. Shridharani has to consider, such as the extent of the treatment, the areas being treated, and how you respond to treatment.

What Can I Expect After My Injection?

Most patients find the discomfort to be like a slight bee sting for about five to ten seconds. Dr. Shridharani’s combination of applying topical anesthetics and icing dramatically decreases any discomfort. There are some immediate effects, such as swelling, redness, and tenderness, but these typically fade away. It is also normal to experience temporary bruising and itching. You can also expect to make follow-up appointments so Dr. Shridharani can monitor your progress and address any concerns.

Does Belotero Injections hurt?

After your injection, you should expect a little bit of swelling and slight redness, which seems to go away in a matter of hours. Avoiding heavy exercise, salty foods, alcohol, and sleeping face down will help avoid excessive swelling.

What Are The Risks of Belotero?

Belotero is generally a safe cosmetic procedure when performed by a qualified professional like Dr. Sachin Shridharani. However, as with any other procedure, there are risks that patients need to consider before scheduling their appointment.

The risks of Belotero include the following:

    • Reactions at the injection sites, such as redness, swelling, tenderness, and itching.
    • Increased risk of infection
    • Experiencing an allergic reaction, such as itching, developing a rash or hives, swelling of the face, dizziness, and difficulty breathing.
    • Lumpiness in the face
    • The Tyndall effect is when a filler is injected superficially and appears as a bluish discoloration of the skin. This is a rare side effect, especially given the unique formula of Belotero.

If these risks seem like they are too much for you, Dr. Sachin Shridharani can recommend safer alternatives to help you meet your aesthetic goals.

When Will I See The Results?

The results from Belotero can be seen immediately after treatment. Upon injecting the hyaluronic acid into the patient’s skin, it adds volume and effectively treats fine lines and wrinkles. It also helps patients achieve smoother skin and a more youthful appearance.

However, it is important to keep in mind that the initial results you see may come with some mild redness and swelling. Although most patients see significant improvements right away, it can take a few days for the full effects to settle in. Most patients should see the full results within a week or two.

Furthermore, it is essential that you follow the post-operative instructions given by Dr. Sachin Shridharani. You can expect to avoid strenuous exercise, limit your sun exposure, and refrain from taking certain medications to reduce the risk of experiencing a complication.

What Are The Contraindications of Belotero?

Although Belotero is generally safe, there are certain contraindications that can disqualify patients from being eligible for treatment.

These contraindications include the following:

  • Having an allergy to hyaluronic acid
  • Having an active skin infection
  • You are pregnant
  • You are currently breastfeeding
  • You have a history of keloid scarring
  • You are immunocompromised
  • You use certain medications, such as blood thinners and non-steroidal anti-inflammatories
  • Having a history of adverse reactions to fillers

Dr. Shridharani will assess your current health and medical history to determine whether or not you are a good candidate for Belotero treatment.

How Long Does Belotero Last?

Belotero may last about six months or longer, but results are patient-specific. The amount of product used and the area into which it is injected can affect the longevity of results. In areas that experience a lot of movement (eating, talking, and smiling), the product may not last as long as other less active areas. If you are looking to maintain your Belotero results, you will need to schedule touch-up appointments.

Ready to get started?

Belotero can help give you smoother skin, reduce fine lines and wrinkles, and achieve a more youthful appearance. Ready to learn more about Belotero and find out if you are a good candidate? Call (212) 508-0000 to schedule a consultation with board-certified NYC Plastic Surgeon Dr. Shridharani.

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