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Belotero: The Buzz

18 Sep

I’ve been waiting to announce this for months!

Merz Aesthetics (the company that makes Radiesse) has released a new product: Belotero Balance. The product was FDA approved in November, 2011. My office was involved in clinical trials, so I (of course) got a sneak peak at the product, and have been anxiously awaiting it’s arrival.

Why am I so excited you ask? Well, first, I think Merz makes awesome products (Radiesse is my favorite to use!). Second, and most important, this product can go into vertical lip lines! That’s right. No more “smoker’s lines!” I have SO many clients who complain about “smoker’s lines” around their lips!

Prior to this product’s release, there were two ways to treat the vertical lip line: with Botox or with HA Fillers.

Botox


  • Some people like it, some people don’t. I’ve personally never had Botox injected in my lips (I have however had many, many syringes of Juvéderm), but I’ve been told it is a strange sensation. It feels weird to spit out your tooth paste, or use a straw, or kiss, because the muscle that is used for these things is “relaxed.” Obviously, you don’t want to relax it too much, or you’ll look like a stroke victim, so I’ve found it doesn’t last long in the lips.

Fillers (Juvéderm and Restylane)

  • As you can see from the picture below (this is a great example), by injecting product into the border of the lip (vermillion border), the vertical lip lines do visibly improve, but they are still there.

  • OR, you can have what I like to call “the monkey face effect” (I couldn’t find an excellent picture of this, but I’ve seen some real bad monkey faces. I would have tried to take a picture of this, but I’ve found people don’t respond well when you tell them they look like a monkey face from their filler. Or a cat face.)

Anyways, Back to Belo…

The Hyaluronic Family

Belotero is a hyaluronic acid injectable gel, like Juvéderm and Restylane. Belotero more easily integrates into the skin and adapts to facial contours than other HA’s because it is softer. This results in a more natural and subtle look (but may require more product in some areas). Belo is designed to treat superficial facial lines and moderate to severe wrinkles that are closer to the surface of the skin. Unlike Belo, fillers such as Juvéderm leave a bluish hue under the skin called the Tyndall Effect, when it is injected too superficially, like in vertical lip lines. Injections of Belo last up to 12 months, which is comparable to Juvéderm (Restylane lasts about 6 months—does anyone even use Restylane anymore? Anyone?).

Belotero is made of sugars which naturally occur in our skin. No allergy test is required, and treatment is very safe. Like with all injectables, bruising and swelling are always a possible. My friend Colleen who is a dental hygienist is going to hate me for saying this again, but, for those of you in Boston who don’t tell anyone you do this stuff (even though EVERYONE does it) the best excuse for bruising is a “dental appointment.”

For fine superficial folds/fine lines. Including:

  • Periorbital folds or “crow’s feet” (also referred to as Periorbital lines)
  • Perioral Lines (aka Smoker’s lines)
  • Tear troughs
  • Deep forehead lines

For medium wrinkles, moderate-to-deep folds, lip contouring, and facial contouring. Including:

  • Glabellar crease, or frown line (the line that forms between the eyebrows).
  • Nasolabial folds, or smile lines (from the edge of the nose to the corners of the mouth).
  • Mentolabial crease, or chin folds (horizontal line that forms across the middle of the chin).
  • Marionette lines (from the corners of the mouth to the chin and jawline).
  • Earlobes (which of course aren’t in my picture! Oops!)
  • Lips and philtrum (which is the area between the nose and the upper lip)

(Do you like my feather lashes? I love Halloween Eyelashes!)

The world of Aesthetic Medicine is always changing. New products are being developed as we speak. For the latest info on the best new technology, stay tuned! I’m psyched for my newly approved Sientra Silicone Breast Implants! One more month until surgery!!!!

XOXO, LK

Cheek Augmentation with Radiesse: A Personal Experience

28 Oct

“Executive Decision:  I’m getting my cheeks done!”

85 Facebook post responses later…

I know I haven’t written any posts on Botox or Fillers yet.  I wanted to start my education with the basics, which I’m certainly not done talking about yet.  However, I insighted such a riot on my facebook page with my decision I wanted to talk about my experience while the topic was still hot!

First of all, a person’s decision to undergo a procedure, be it botox, breast augmenation, or becoming a blonde, is a personal decision (yes I posted my decision on facebook, because I want to share my experiences with people!).  It doesn’t matter what your best friend thinks, what your husband or boyfriend thinks, or what your mother thinks.  It matters what YOU think.

Did I think I had such bad volume loss I needed my cheeks done?  No, I’m under 30, and I did it as a product trial (and–I won’t lie–I did a client of mine who is a model–age 21–and it looked so good I wanted to try it).

I was so excited the night before I couldn’t sleep!  I woke up at 7:45 (which is an ungodly hour for me).

I was at the office at 10:30 getting my cheeks numbed with topical lidocaine and couldn’t wait to begin.  My colleagues and I do each other’s botox and fillers, and I would like to thank Julie K. for her work.

I sat with the girls for 30 minutes while my topical numbed my cheeks.  Julie

(that would be numbing cream on my face)

cleaned off the topical in the procedure room, and I could feel it was numb.  I have a high tolerance to pain (I think it’s my Russian blood), but for people who don’t, you can request a dental block (like when you go to the dentist).  Julie added xylocaine to the syringe of Radiesse.  This was sufficient for my pain tolerance.  I had ZERO discomfort.

Julie placed product along my zygomatic arch (cheek bone), focusing on the outter rim.  She did not put any product into my central cheek area, because I still have good volume there.  She did place a small amount in the cheek area near my nose where I had lost some volume.

Like I said, I had no pain or discomfort at all.  The numbing agent in the product traveled down the nerve making my lips feel slightly numb for about an hour.  Not like dentist-drooly numb, more like plumping lipgloss numb or that feeling from Icy-Hot (the product for muscle pain).

A few hours after I didn’t have any pain, I couldn’t feel any product, and I had no bruising.  It looks great and I’m very happy with the result!  I want to be clear that this is something I personally do in my office, and I think it’s important to be able to tell people how things feel, I think it’s part of my job.

before

Cheek Augmentation and Lip Augmentation

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