When It’s Not a Laughing Matter
Laugh lines – nasolabial folds – can be gentle signals of experience, character, or even a person’s sense of humor. For others, when these etched-in lines make a parenthesis around the mouth that grows from charming to annoying, or even severe, it’s time to seek solutions. Injectable fillers were a breakthrough for addressing this unwanted look. Now, with Belotero Balance, this breakthrough got another breakthrough.
Nasolabial folds appear when age reduces the presence of two of our skin’s building blocks, collagen and elastin. Other factors can contribute, too. Heredity plays a role. If your parents, aunts, or uncles have laugh lines, then chances are they are in the cards for you, too, and they don’t get better by themselves. As with signs of premature aging, exposure to the sun, smoking, and weight fluctuations can increase your chances of developing laugh lines and the severity of them.
The Advantages of Belotero
Like a few other FDA-approved, new-generation injectable dermal fillers, Belotero is based on hyaluronic acid, a lubricant found naturally in the body, particularly in the fluids of the eyes and around joint, as well as in the skin. The lower density of Belotero, compared with other dermal fillers, makes it effective at addressing much finer lines in the skin, and even for the lips. Belotero is injected higher up in the dermis than other fillers, too, so, with expert application, you can resolve issues around the cheeks, eyes, nose, and mouth that might have been too subtle to address with other products.
And, unlike botulinum toxin treatments, your skin remains mobile, with a natural look and feel, and the movement that stems from your own expressions and personality. There is little to no downtime, and, in fact, most patients return to their daily activities immediately after their treatments.
Treatments take from 15 minutes to an hour, depending on the scope, and the results are immediate. As a natural substance, the hyaluronic acid of Belotero is absorbed slowly into the body. Treatments typically last from six months to a year.
The advanced nature of Belotero means that many patients who have hesitated to use the injectable fillers that were available previously can now proceed with confidence, because of its capacity for achieving natural-looking results, and because of the flexibility this new kind of injectable affords the patient and the professional.
Continually seeking the most advantageous, proven options for our patients, at Dermatology Consultants you’ll meet professionals who stay up-to-the-minute on options for helping you achieve your goals for a youthful, dynamic appearance. Just contact one of our three locations to see what Belotero Balance can do for you.