One of the primary reasons why aging skin loses its plump, smooth appearance is due to the loss of hyaluronic acid, which is an essential component of healthy skin. The hyaluronic acid helps support and moisturize skin, resulting in a glowing and youthful appearance. When this compound begins to degrade due to natural aging, the epidermis becomes thin and dry, which contributes to the inevitable wrinkles, folds and sagging skin. Dermal fillers are currently the most popular temporary cosmetic procedures for replacing facial volume. However, some of the compounds used in the more common injectable fillers are synthetic or derived from non-human sources, which can cause reactions and less desirable results for many patients. It makes more sense to replace the lost components with the same compounds that allow young skin to look fresh and radiant. This concept has led to the production of Belotero, a unique hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler that is more compatible with the human epidermis than typical collagen or fat injections made from bovine or synthesized sources.

The major benefits of using Belotero over traditional fillers are safety (as indicated by its FDA approval) and proven effectiveness. Clinical studies have concluded that the ingredients in this filler are far less likely to cause the serious side effects common to bovine collagen injections. The only adverse events attributed to Belotero were mild irritation, swelling and bruising at the treatment sites. As a result, the FDA has deemed this formula safe and approved it for clinical use for treating facial wrinkles and folds. Furthermore, the trials have also established that most patients noticed improvement immediately after the initial treatment. This gel filler has a more natural-look and feeling, so the patient is not likely to feel the implant in his or her dermal tissue. Those who have used other types of dermal fillers previously will appreciate this benefit. Furthermore, many other hyaluronic acid fillers have the potential to cause a blue cast or tinge under the epidermis when injected superficially, but Belotero does not cause this visual side effect.

The average cost of a Belotero injection is comparable to other varieties of fillers available today. The number of injections required will vary by individual, so one would be prudent to ask for an estimate before agreeing to the treatment. It is not necessary to have an allergy test prior to the treatment, and one can have the implant neutralized if the results are not satisfactory.

There are a number of injectable dermal filling treatments currently available for those who need nonsurgical facial rejuvenation. While it is difficult to know which solution is best before trying one or two varieties, one can feel confident choosing a filler that is made with ingredients that are compatible with his or her skin. Belotero hyaluronic acid dermal fillers have been shown to be effective for plumping and moisturizing aging facial skin. This revolutionary filler has been popular in Europe for several years, and now U.S residents can reap the beautiful benefits of this undetectable “fountain of youth”.