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Patients looking to smooth out facial lines have a wide variety of options to choose from, including various facial fillers available for addressing static wrinkles. Available fillers include Juvederm®, Radiesse®, Bellafill®, and BELOTERO Balance®, all of which our St. Louis-based team at West County Plastic Surgeons administers frequently.
In addition to reducing the appearance of facial lines, dermal fillers can also be used to restore contours by replacing volume that has been depleted in areas of the face, to enhance the patient’s existing features, or to make scars less noticeable.
Different fillers have specific benefits. Here, we’re gong to compare and contrast two: BELOTERO Balance® and Juvederm®.
Both products are soft, gelatinous facial fillers with a hyaluronic acid base. This is a synthetic form of a substance the body produces naturally for skin hydration.
Treatments are minimally invasive, meaning they don’t require surgery. The effects are temporary and can be dissolved if a patient wants to undo their effects.
The BELOTERO® and Juvederm® brands each consist of a family of filler products that are designed to treat different concerns, including pronounced, moderate-to-severe wrinkles on the center or lower part of the face, as well as provide lip and cheek augmentation.
BELOTERO® is injected into more superficial layers of skin than JUVEDERM® and has a thinner consistency with a lower density. This means BELOTERO® is especially suitable for very delicate fine lines and wrinkles, but its effects have a shorter duration.
It’s safe for the majority of adults to use these low-risk injectables, but anyone who has a history of severe allergies should talk to their injector at an initial consultation to determine where a more appropriate treatment strategy is available. Juvederm® may not be suitable for people with scarring in the treatment area or certain skin pigmentation disorders
Both products start to work as soon as they are injected. The effects of BELOTERO® last for about six months to a year, while the effects of JUVEDERM® can last for up to two years in some cases, with specifics depending on the area of injection, the amount of filler used, the body’s own metabolism, and other factors.
Some patients experience minor side effects, such as redness, swelling, and bruising after either treatment. For both fillers, patients can go back to their daily activities as normal without any recovery time necessary.
Learn more about BELOTERO Balance®, Juvederm®, and other dermal fillers we provide at West County Plastic Surgeons of Washington University in St. Louis. Talk to our team about a skin procedure by calling (314) 996-8800 or write a message to tell us more about your cosmetic goals.