Aging is the worst kind of life-long companion – it takes and takes, and the only thing it gives back is the exact things you don’t want. In fact, because of aging, the natural processes that give your skin a buoyant texture decline so rapidly that you wind up with fine lines and wrinkles. At Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN, we know one of the best anti-aging treatments is Belotero Balance.
What Conditions Does Belotero Balance Treat?
As a newer cosmetic treatment, patients are still learning about what Belotero Balance is and what it can do for them. The first question many patients have is about the conditions that this injectable treatment can address. Just like any other dermal filler, Beletero Balance is designed to restore volume lost in the face and fill in wrinkles. Some specific conditions this filler treats include:
- Nasolabial folds
- Chin wrinkles
- Wrinkles around the mouth
- Verticle lip lines
How Does Belotero Balance Work?
This is a dermal filler, which means treatment works by administering an injectable solution into the sub-dermal layers of skin. The key to dermal fillers is the special formulas.
The main active ingredient in this treatment is hyaluronic acid, which is fashioned into a gel that immediately binds with water in the skin to fill in fine lines and wrinkles to restore a more youthful appearance.
The Anti-Aging Importance of Hyaluronic Acid
Hyaluronic acid is a current buzzword in the cosmetics and beauty industry and is featured in a variety of skincare products and cosmetic treatments. If you visit any beauty store or your local drug store, you will notice that hyaluronic acid is frequently featured in moisturizing gels and creams. The reason is that hyaluronic acid does more than ward off skin dryness – it’s also a key figure in the anti-aging battle.
Hyaluronic acid is found naturally within the skin, but just like collagen and elastin, the production of this acid slows as a response to aging. Hyaluronic acid plays a very important role in retaining moisture in the skin, as it can hold several times its own weight in water, and has recently been associated with supporting the production of collagen.
In fact, the collagen production in your skin relies heavily on hyaluronic acid. In other words, youthful skin full of collagen should also be full of hyaluronic acid.
How Is This Treatment Performed?
Dermal filler treatments are simple appointments that can be completed in about 30 minutes or less, making them the ideal “lunchtime” appointment. Your treatment will be performed by a certified aesthetician and will include the following general steps:
Step One: Cleanse and Numb
Although you will be instructed to arrive at your appointment with a face clean of make-up, we will also sterilize your skin to clear it of any excess dirt and oil. You will have the option of using a topical numbing cream for your comfort during treatment. If you are interested in using a numbing cream, please let us know.
Step Two: Balance Injections
A small, thin needle will be filled with the hyaluronic acid filler, which will then be injected into your skin. It’s common for your treatment to involve multiple small injections placed at targeted areas on the face, particularly around the nose, mouth, and chin.
How Do You Know This Treatment Is Right for You?
Is a dermal filler treatment right for you? If you have concerns about the fine lines and wrinkles on your face, then dermal filler treatments are likely good options to handle your age-related concerns. Dermal filler treatments are excellent treatments for all types of fine lines and wrinkles, especially those that are caused by repeated expressions over a lifetime.
Dermal filler treatments are also ideal to restore volume and skin laxity, such as hollowness in the cheeks caused by aging or weight loss.
Belotero Balance FAQ
1. How Long Do Results Last?
The results for this treatment can last several months at a time. The majority of patients can expect results for a minimum of 6 months, and sometimes as long as a year. The length of time your results will last depends on factors such as the condition of your skin, your age, and how well you respond to the treatment.
Because this filler stimulates the production of collagen within the skin for a significant amount of time, the treatment will last longer if you already have higher levels of collagen in your skin. Broadly speaking, dermal filler results last longer on younger patients or patients who are using fillers as a treatment primarily for fine lines. Older patients or patients with deeper wrinkles may not have results that last as long.
2. How Frequently Should You Have Treatment?
For this treatment, it’s common to have an appointment twice a year, or once every six months. The standard case for most patients is that the results of this treatment are still evident around 6 months after the initial injection and patients opt to have follow-up treatments after the 6-month mark to maintain the desired results.
If you aren’t sure how frequently you need treatments to maintain your results, we will help you determine the treatment frequency that works best with your needs and aesthetic goals. It may be the case that you will not require this treatment as frequently as other patients.
3. How Many Units Will You Need?
Many patients only require a single syringe of this unique gel-like filler. However, the units that will be required for your treatment will depend on your treatment goals and your skin condition.
If you only have minor age-related concerns, a single unit might be enough to correct fine lies; if you have more severe age-related concerns, you may require multiple units to adequately treat deep or dynamic wrinkles on multiple areas of the face.
4. Is This Treatment Safe?
Yes, this is a safe treatment. The treatment is considered safe not only because of FDA approval but also because the main active ingredient is a match to the hyaluronic acid already present within your skin.
Because both your natural acid and this synthetic acid are structurally similar, there is less risk of adverse reaction from the treatment.
5. How Do You Prepare and Recover From Treatment?
Even though this is a simple treatment, you will still need to follow some directions to prepare for and recover from treatment. For dermal fillers and other injectable treatments, there are two standard lists of instructions that are generally followed. The pre-care instructions should be observed for 1 to 3 days before your treatment and may include:
- Avoid Retinol products
- Discontinue blood-thinning medications
- Do not take certain herbal supplements
- Reschedule if you have a cold sore or skin infection
The post-care instructions are slightly more robots and should be followed for 5 to 7 days after your treatment. Some post-care instructions will include:
- Do not take blood-thinning medications and supplements
- Do not rub, scrub, or massage the face
- Use a gentle cleanser
- Avoid direct sunlight and excess heat
- Do not engage in strenuous exercise
- Sleep with your head elevated
6. How Long Does Recovery Take?
There is virtually zero downtime associated with this treatment, which means your recovery period is very short.
Aside from following the post-care instructions to ensure that you get the results you want from your treatment, you are free to return to all of your normal daily activities after your appointment. This includes returning to work, driving, and running errands.
7. Is This Filler Better Than Other Fillers?
Whether this filler is better for you than other fillers depends on your exact skin needs. For example, this filler might be a better option for you than another because this filler is designed specifically for dynamic wrinkles, whereas other fillers are better suited for fine lines or minor age-related skin concerns.
8. Should You Use This Filler or a Neurotoxin?
Again, this is something that will depend on your unique needs. Generally speaking, neurotoxins are good options to treat dynamic wrinkles on the face, particularly on the forehead where dermal fillers cannot be used. However, neurotoxins are not for everyone and may not be ideal for your age-related concerns.
9. Can You Combine Treatments?
Yes. It’s safe to combine this treatment with other cosmetic treatments, such as neurotoxin injections, facials, chemical peels, laser skin resurfacing, laser skin tightening, and laser hair removal. If you would like to combine treatments to achieve your desired aesthetic goals, please let us know so we can help you create a treatment plan that meets all of your needs.
10. What Are Belotero Balance Benefits?
There are several benefits for this treatment that are appealing for patients, especially those who have not been able to find solutions for their age-related skin concerns. Some benefits for this treatment include:
Ideal for Dynamic Wrinkles
Dynamic wrinkles are wrinkles that are associated with facial expressions, such as laugh lines and frown lines around the nose and mouth. Dynamic wrinkles are deeper than ordinary fine lines and are more challenging to treat as a result.
Many dermal fillers are not strong enough or thick enough to treat dynamic wrinkles. This dermal filler, however, is formulated with dynamic wrinkles in mind.
Looks and Feels Natural
The results of this treatment look and feel natural. Your skin will have a naturally plush texture and you will be able to move your face freely. The natural-looking results might be one of the biggest draws for this treatment.
This treatment also produces immediate results. In fact, you will be able to see results on the same day as your treatment appointment. This is because the hyaluronic acid in the gel-like injection will immediately bond to the water already in your skin, which instantly plumps your skin and restores a more youthful appearance. The results also continue to get better over time.
11. What Can You Expect During Your Consultation?
Before your treatment, you will first need to attend a consultation appointment so we can assess if you are qualified for treatment. This consultation appointment will include examining the condition of your skin, especially any dynamic wrinkles you have and discussing reasonable expectations for treatment.
We will also ask about cosmetic treatments you have tried in the past, such as other dermal fillers that have not achieved your desired results.
Bring Back Your Skin Buoyancy With Belotero Balance
It’s time to stop aging in its tracks and take the gift of youthful, bouncy, plush skin back. Bringing back the buoyancy of your skin is simple when you can use the right treatment. If you think Belotero Balance is right for you, please contact Impressions Skin Solutions in Hendersonville, TN to schedule your consultation appointment today.