There is finally a product that can naturally fill the sunken area under your eyes, giving you a more well rested and youthful appearance. The under eye area or tear trough is a very delicate and small region on the face, yet can have the greatest impact on your appearance. Just as volume, elastin and collagen are lost with aging, the under eye area may be genetically sunken giving the outward look of aging. In either situation, this loss of volume may create shadows or dark circles, bringing additional dullness to your face. Over the past 10 years, Dr. Christine has used several dermal fillers for the correction of tear troughs with some satisfaction. To her patients, any degree of correction can be monumental. However, Dr. Christine strives for the best outcome possible for every single one of her patients. A few years ago, she began using Belotero® for the correction of under eye depressions and has been pleased with consistent outcomes. Belotero® is also soft enough to treat delicate areas such as the lines that surround the mouth (smoker’s lines) and fine lines around the eyes better known as “crow’s feet”.
WHAT IS BELOTERO®?
Belotero® is a dermal Filler made of hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acids are a natural component of your skin that provide integrity and youth. Hyaluronic acids naturally bind to water and easily fill in unwanted fine wrinkles and folds. This product was specifically designed to integrate into your skin and mold with your unique facial lines, while being subtle and subdued to the naked eye. Due to its soft, moldable and fine nature, Dr. Christine chooses to fill moderate to severe etched lines around the mouth as well as sunken/hollow eyes with Belotero®. Belotero® may help provide an elegant finishing touch to your skin treatment/anti-aging plan, noticeably improving the appearance of lines/wrinkles and under eye hollows with minimal to no downtime.
WHO SHOULD AVOID BELOTERO®?
Belotero® should not be used in patients with a history of or presence of multiple or severe allergies, including those with a history of anaphylaxis. As with any dermal filler or neuromodulator, Belotero® should not be used on women who are pregnant or breastfeeding. If you are taking any blood thinners such as Aspirin, Ibuprofen, Coumadin or supplements, please let Dr. Christine know during your consultation. If you have any recent skin inflammation or infection, it is best to wait until you are completely healed before your treatment.
WHAT SHOULD I EXPECT AFTER MY PROCEDURE?
It has been noted that Belotero can last anywhere from 6-12 months depending on the depth of the region and the degree of correction. The majority of patients report satisfaction for up to 12 months. Since there is not a great deal of mobility under the eyes or in the tear troughs, the product has been seen to last for an extended period of time, with some touch up treatment as needed. In treatment areas around the mouth, Belotero® has been reported to last at least 6 months and up to 10 months. Dr. Christine may recommend Botox® injection around the mouth in order to increase the longevity of your filler.
As with all injectables, you may experience injection site swelling, redness or tenderness. In rare cases, you may have some temporary bruising. Taking arnica supplements before your procedure and icing during and after your injection may minimize swelling, tenderness and decrease the risk of bruising. Dr. Christine recommends that her patients avoid heat or sun exposure, strenuous activity and to ice with a cool moist towel intermittently for 24-48 hours to accelerate healing time. If you have a history of cold sores, Dr. Christine recommends prophylactic treatment 24-48 hours prior to your treatment.
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