When we think about aging, we often think of the eyes and the upper third of the face. Crow’s feet, the 11s, and under-eye bags can dominate our focus. But the area around the mouth can be equally telling. Declining collagen production, sun damage, and even the effects of laughing and smiling can lead to wrinkles around the mouth, lips, and even the chin.
At SKIN Medical Spa, we use Belotero® to treat the area around the mouth. This hyaluronic acid filler is excellent for nasolabial folds, vertical lip lines, smile lines, and chin wrinkles.
What is Belotero®?
Belotero® is one of the lightest dermal fillers on the market. This makes it ideal for addressing lines and wrinkles around the mouth and lips. Belotero® is made from a hyaluronic acid gel. Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance in the body that is responsible for hydrating and plumping the skin. It does this by binding with nearby water molecules.
How does Belotero work?
As we age, our body produces less and less collagen, elastin, and hyaluronic acid with every passing year. This decrease leaves our skin prone to wrinkling and developing lines. Lines in the mouth area are a direct result of decreases in these three substances and from repeated actions such as smiling.
Belotero® is created using the proprietary Cohesive Polydensified Matrix (CPM) process. Rather than simply pushing up a wrinkle, Belotero® blends into the natural structure of your skin. Once injected the hyaluronic binds with water molecules to plump the skin. It is a smooth, flexible gel that gently fills the etched-in lines and wrinkles around your mouth.
Belotero® is thinner than most other dermal fillers, so it can be injected closer to the skin surface without running the risk of creating bumps or lumps. That makes Belotero® perfect for treating shallow lines around the mouth, where the skin is very thin.
Areas Treated with Belotero
At SKIN Medical Spa, we use Belotero® primarily around the mouth on these areas:
- Nasolabial folds — You know them as smile or laugh lines. These are the lines that run from your nose to your mouth.
- Vertical lip lines — Speaking, eating, kissing, and smiling — vertical lines develop from these actions and others. They can become deep enough that lipstick can actually bleed into them.
- Corner lines — The ongoing pull of gravity, combined with the weakening of the facial muscles that control the mouth, can leave the corners of your mouth turned downward. This can give the impression that you’re either sad or angry all the time.
- Chin wrinkles — The area around the bony protrusion on your chin can develop upside down smiley face wrinkle as the skin becomes less pliable. When deep enough, chin wrinkles can show themselves at all times.
How is Belotero different than other dermal fillers?
Belotero® is a hyaluronic acid filler designed to integrate into facial skin tissue. This is different than other dermal fillers that simply provide volume once injected. Because of its integration into the tissue, Belotero can smooth moderate-to-severe etched-in lines and wrinkles, such as nasolabial folds. But it is also excellent for delicate areas such as vertical lip lines and parentheses lines that frame the mouth. Belotero® is thinner than most other dermal fillers, so it can be injected closer to the skin surface without running the risk of creating bumps or lumps.
When will I see results After Injections?
Belotero®, like most dermal fillers, delivers instant results. As soon as Belotero® is injected the hyaluronic acid instantly binds with water molecules and fills out wrinkles and creases.
What Dr. Colvin’s Patients Say
“He’s the only doctor I’ve found who took the time to look at my face from afar and analyze what would look best on me.” – Agata A.
How long will my Belotero results last?
Belotero® delivers excellent results for around six months. This can vary by the person, depending on how your body absorbs the filler. Sometimes areas that have a good deal of movement when talking or eating may not last quite as long.
What To Expect For Belotero Treatment
These injection sessions take just 20 minutes or so, depending on the areas you are having treated. There is no recovery time; you can immediately return to your normal activities.
Belotero Side Effects
The main side effects are the same as with other hyaluronic acid fillers: mild irritation, redness, itching, and slight swelling at the injection sites. These usually resolve within a day or so.
Is Belotero safe?
The FDA approved Belotero® in 2011 for the treatment of moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds. Since that introduction, Belotero® has been used tens of thousands of times and has proven to be safe and effective. It is made primarily of hyaluronic acid, a naturally occurring substance in the human body.
Schedule A Consultation
If you are interested in Belotero injections, contact SKIN Medical Spa today! Call us at 415.409.6500 to schedule a consultation with our expert injector, Dr. Robert Colvin. We serve patients in San Francisco, CA and surrounding areas.