Belotero is a hyaluronic acid facial filler that now provides physicians with an alternative to Juvederm and Restylane that is safer for superficial lines and wrinkles. The main advantage of Belotero over Juvederm and Restylane is that it has a higher safety profile for more superficial injections around the eyes and lips. Patients who are at risk for the Tyndall effect around the eyes may benefit from switching over to Belotero injections instead of Restylane or Juvederm. Another major advantage of Belotero is that there are reports that Belotero may last longer than Juvederm in longterm trials. This very important new facial filler may fill an important role in facial fillers that we have long waited for. It is now FDA approved in the United States and we are pleased to be among the very few first doctors in Los Angeles to offer Belotero as an option for patients.
Alternatives to Belotero include Juvederm, Restylane, and Radiesse injections, all of which can be used as facial fillers by our Board Certified Plastic Surgeon Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian. Choosing a dermal filler can be a simple task during your consultation as Dr. Karamanoukian can go over your specific wrinkle reduction options and help you choose a stimulatory versus volume facial filler that is best for you. Facial fillers can replace areas of hollowness and wrinkling that are caused by the aging process. One of the most common reasons to undergo facial filler placement is to replenish volume along smile lines or to augment the lips.
A new scar revision protocol also employs Juvederm, Restylane, and Belotero. Dr. Karamanoukian is a scar revision expert and often employs a combination of scar subcision followed by hyaluronic acid filler placement to plump a scar that is depressed or caved-in. Scar treatments can also be combined with laser skin resurfacing, laser scar removal, dermabrasion, and microdermabrasion to help camouflage scars on the face and body. If you are concerned about scars on your body, please call our office and speak to one of our patient care coordinators about your options for scar revision in Los Angeles.
Are you concerned about deep wrinkles that have crept up on you and caused your face to prematurely age beyond your chronological age? The office of Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian can help you achieve success in your cosmetic rejuvenation procedures by offering you a comprehensive evaluation and cosmetic plan that incorporates the newest lasers, wrinkle reduction agents, and wrinkles-busters. Our office offers both the Resilience Lift and the Fractional CO2 laser skin resurfacing system to reduce lines along the face and neck. In addition, we offer Xeomin and Botox wrinkle injections to stop dynamic wrinkles from popping up when you use your facial muscles. These two neurotoxins are great for dynamic wrinkles on the face. Rest assured that Dr. Raffy Karamanoukian will maintain your natural look without compromising results or expectations. We also offer cosmetic facial surgery procedures such as mini facelifts, facelifts, brow lifts, and cheek fillers to enhance your look. Dr. Karamanoukian is an expert in neck lift surgery and can also identify whether you are an appropriate candidate for this procedure.
QUESTIONS ABOUT BELOTERO:
Q: Is Belotero a hyaluronic acid facial filler?
A: Belotero is a new alternative to older Juvederm and Restylane products. Belotero is produced in Switzerland and is now FDA approved for facial volume enhancement. It contains hyaluronic acid, a key ingredient in Juvederm and Restylane. The benefits of Belotero over the other hyaluronic acid facial fillers is that Belotero can be used more superficially for fine wrinkles as it has less risk of causing problems immediately underneath the skin.
Q: How long does it take to undergo Belotero in your Los Angeles office?
A: Belotero facial fillers take about 15 to 30 minutes to administer. If you would like to have additional numbing medication such as Lidomax prior to your treatment, please ask the receptionist to schedule additional time for your appointment.
Q: What are the common risks of Belotero injections?
A: Belotero, much like Juvederm and Restylane, is a facial filler composed of Hyaluronic acid. The most common risks associated with any facial volume filler are bruising and swelling, more so in some areas and less in others.
Photos courtesy of Merz Aesthetics demonstrating Before and After photographs of Belotero patients who have injected this hyaluronic acid facial filler around their eyes, mouth, lips, smile lines, wrinkles, forehead, and in between their eyes.