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Belotero

A flexible filler for superficial,
fine details and lines

What is Belotero?

Belotero is a unique hyaluronic acid (HA) based dermal filler that is  FDA-approved to treat fine superficial facial wrinkles and lines.

Unlike some HA-based fillers, Belotero boasts a less dense, more flexible elastic formula that is crafted for fine details and lines in sensitive facial areas like the lips / perioral areas and mild hollowness around the eyes or tear troughs.

How is Belotero used?

As we age, our bodies tend to produce less hyaluronic acid, an important substance for skin volume, hydration, and elasticity.

Belotero can be injected in areas with finer lines and wrinkles that may benefit from a smooth, flexible filler, providing an instantaneous natural-looking smoothness to the skin. It’s also injected in more superficial layers of the skin compared to other fillers like Juvederm, which are injected deeper.

Because of its elasticity and unique smoothness, it’s commonly used for superficial wrinkles and line corrections in areas around the lips, such as smoker’s lines (perioral areas), sensitive under-eye areas, and even areas on the neck and chest if indicated.

How long do results last?

Belotero has been shown in clinical trials to last beyond 9 months before needing retreatment (see the study here). Generally, initial injections tend to last anywhere from 6-12 months on average.

What should I expect with the treatment?

To start, you and Dr. Brandish will develop an individualized treatment plan to determine if Belotero is the best tool for the desired result. She is an expert injector with an artistic eye and years of experience using injectable fillers to contour the face and turn back the clock.

Before the treatment, Dr. Brandish uses topical numbing agents to minimize discomfort with the injection of the filler. All dermal fillers contain numbing agents as well to make treatment even more comfortable. Injections are often performed using a specialized technique with a cannula so that minimal bruising is seen after treatment. A device called Accuvein light may also be used to directly visualize the underlying vessels in the tissue around the injection site to further avoid bruising and make treatment safer.

Even with these extra precautions, there may be some mild redness, bruising, or swelling. This may last a few days, but the advanced precautions are taken at Brandish Clinic help make optimal treatments much easier with less downtime. For the first 48 hours after the procedure be sure to be gentle with the treated areas, and try to minimize your contact with the injection sites.

As with any medical procedure, it’s important to understand that recovery times may vary patient-to-patient, and this is also the reality with cosmetic procedures like Belotero filler injections.

Are there side effects to be aware
of with Belotero?

According to the Belotero website, the most commonly observed side effects are swelling, bruising, and redness. These are typically quite mild, and they should dissipate within several days depending on the treatment site. Dr. Brandish uses a soft-tipped cannula for the injection of dermal fillers to significantly minimize bruising and downtime and to make the procedure much safer to administer.

More information about side effects can be found on Belotero’s website.

Belotero Summary

Belotero is a hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler with a uniquely smooth and flexible formula. It was FDA-approved in 2011 for the treatment of superficial lines and wrinkles. Its elasticity makes it great for tackling sensitive wrinkles and lines on the face, tear troughs, and even neck/chest area as well. Belotero is an ideal filler for restoring a natural-looking, natural-feeling volume that can last up to 6-12 months on average.

How do I get started?

If you’re interested in hearing more or in scheduling an appointment, contact our office at

and we’ll take care of you. We offer free consultation appointments as well if you’d like to simply go over any problem areas and see if Belotero or other treatment options may be the most effective solution.