Belotero Product summary
Launched in the UK in January 2007, Belotero is a new monophasic double crosslinked hyaluronic acid created in Switzerland.
What does it contain?
Belotero® has been designed from biofermentation hyaluronic acid, a substance naturally present in our body; which the makers claim makes it safe and completely biocompatible, as well as wholly biodegradable.
How is it made?
It is created using Cohesive Polydensified Matrix (CPM) technology, a unique process which gives Belotero® hylauronic acid unusual elasticity; (this technolology adds to its “mono-phasic” nature).
Belotero® therefore guarantees a considerably better result from the first hours after the injection and over the initial months, in terms of increased volume and wrinkle filling compared to “biphasic” products.
Belotero® is prepared from non-animal, hyaluronic acid NaHA by a patented dynamic reticulation process. The unique polydensified cohesive structure of Belotero® consists of a cohesive gel which is easy to inject through a small diameter needle.
Is a skin test required before treatment?
No allergy test needed.
Is it temporary or permanent?
Hyaluronic acid is completely broken down within the skin over a period of months, eventually leaving no trace of the filler.
Belotero® Product range
Belotero® has three main different formulations within it`s range: Basic, Soft and Intense.
Belotero® Basic is an ideal product for volume enhancement treatments and can be used for deep furrows, lip augmentation, facial outlines, naso-labial furrows, glabellar lines and the correction of facial depressions, either due to injury or age-related scaring. It is injected into the medium to deep dermis with a 27G needle.
Belotero® Soft is an ideal substance for superficial wrinkles and can be used for perioral wrinkles, lip commissures, crow`s feet, and forehead wrinkles. It is injected into the upper dermis with a 30G needle.
Belotero Intense is an ideal product for deeper lines and wrinkles. It is injected into the deep dermis with a 27G needle.
Not to be used in
Individuals with a known hypersensitivity to hyaluronic acid.
Duration of effect
This depends upon the degree of correction required, your age and lifestyle as well as the correct placement of the product by a practitioner.
The manufacturers claim that Belotero® is long lasting and effective from 6 to 9+ months and suggest that two treatments per year are sufficient for an elegant, natural result.
Reported side effects
Transient erythema (redness), swelling, pain, itching, discoloration or tenderness at the implant site. Typically resolution is spontaneous, within one or two days after injection into the skin, and within a week after injection into the lips.
The manufacturers state that there is no risk of granulomas and no risk of ‘lump effect’ – although the product may be too new to identify these rare reactions which can occur with other hyaluronic acid fillers.