What Is Belotero?

Your skin is affected significantly by the aging process. Over-the-counter topical creams may provide marginal benefits for a while, but eventually, they will become insufficient. If you’re ready for an effective anti-aging treatment, we have just what you need. At Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL, we offer Belotero, an incredibly powerful anti-aging injectable that provides ideal results after just one session. Today, we’re discussing what this powerful injectable can do for you.

What Is Belotero?

Belotero is an injectable anti-aging treatment featuring hyaluronic acid. Hyaluronic acid is a chemical compound found naturally in the human body, primarily in the skin and between the joints. This polysaccharide (chain of sugar molecules) is essential for maintaining your youthful appearance because it attracts and retains water. This results in soft, supple, volumized, hydrated-looking skin.

What Is This Injectable Used for?

This injectable is used to erase severe creases, lines, wrinkles, and folds caused by extreme volume loss. Your skin is affected by the aging process because your skin produces less elastin and collagen every year when you reach your 30s. When these essential structural supports for your skin weaken and are not replaced by fresh, healthy proteins and fibers, your skin sags, wrinkles, and thins significantly.

Treating the Visible Aging Signs

This anti-aging injectable will erase the visible signs of aging by volumizing the treatment location temporarily. This powerful dermal filler can be used to treat a number of cosmetic concerns. By adjusting the dosage used, it can treat creases and wrinkles that are mild, moderate, or severe in nature, providing natural-looking results.

It is most commonly used to correct the appearance of wrinkles in the lower portion of the face, such as vertical lip lines, lines around the corners of the mouth, smile lines, nasolabial folds, and chin wrinkles. However, it can also treat other areas, such as the temples and the lower eyelids.

Enhancing Your Facial Features

This injectable is ideal for enhancing your facial features without undergoing an invasive procedure. For example, it can enhance your natural beauty by restoring volume to your cheeks or improving the appearance of your lips.

What Areas Can This Injectable Treat?

As noted above, this treatment is most commonly used to treat the lower half of the face by restoring a significant amount of volume. Here’s a closer look at what you can expect this treatment to do for you:

Smile Lines

Smile lines are lines that extend from the outer corners of the nose to the mouth’s outer corners. They occur when the mid-face has lost a significant amount of volume due to age, weight loss, or lifestyle choices. The more volume the middle of your face loses, the less prominent your cheeks become. The aging process inevitably results in skin laxity due to a significant decrease in elasticity.

This powerful dermal filler volumizes and lifts cheeks that start to sag and droop due to elasticity loss, resulting in a fresh, young, natural look. Regardless of the severity, this injectable dermal filler will erase lines caused by volume loss and lift sagging drooping skin.

The Area Around Your Eyes

Since the skin around your eyes is so thin, the area around your eyes is one of the first regions of the face to reveal the effects of the aging process. A small reduction in the production of collagen, elastin and hyaluronic acid leads to severe wrinkles, lines, and bags. If you have bags beneath your eyes that do not disappear despite adequate rest, this injectable dermal filler is ideal for youthening your eye region.

The Lips

Few people think of the lips when they ponder the visible effects of the aging process. However, the lips are not immune to the results of aging. Over time, lines and wrinkles can develop around your mouth. Besides smile lines that stretch from your nose to your mouth, perioral lines may appear as you age.

Perioral lines are vertical lip lines that form around your mouth. Volumizing one or both of the lips can rejuvenate and you than your appearance significantly.

How Long Do the Results of Belotero Treatment Last?

One advantageous aspect of this hyaluronic acid-based dermal filler is the results are very long-lasting. Once the injectable gel is administered, the results can last anywhere from six to 18 months. The durability of your treatment results will depend on where the filler is injected, how severe your cosmetic concerns are and the dosage of gel used.

As the results of your initial treatment fade, you should come in for a quick, painless maintenance treatment. The dosage used for your maintenance treatment will be smaller than the original dose because the results take months to fade fully once they begin to diminish.

How Soon Will I See the Results of My Treatment?

You should expect to see a significant improvement in the appearance of the treated area as soon as your injections are complete. That said, it takes a couple of weeks for the dermal filler to settle beneath your skin fully and provide ideal results.

What Are the Benefits Associated With Belotero Treatment?

As noted above, one of the most significant benefits associated with this dermal filler is the durability of the results. However, there are many other benefits that are also associated with this treatment. For example, it is so effective because it treats the root cause of the aging signs you are experiencing.

This contrasts greatly with topical anti-aging creams that don’t penetrate the top layer of the skin. Regardless of your age, you can rest assured one treatment session with this injectable will improve the texture and elasticity of your skin.

Skin Hydration

As you age, your skin may begin to appear chronically dry. Unfortunately, when there isn’t enough hyaluronic acid in your skin, it will look dry even when you drink plenty of water every day. Since this dermal filler’s active ingredient is hyaluronic acid, water will be attracted to the treatment area and remain there since the hyaluronic acid binds to water and doesn’t spread outside of the treatment area.

The primary result of this is hydrated-looking skin. However, once your skin is hydrated, you will also notice it is firmer, smoother, and tighter.

Natural-Looking Results

You can feel confident the results of your Belotero treatment will look natural because your body can’t tell the difference between the injected hyaluronic acid and the hyaluronic acid it produces naturally. However, this doesn’t just mean you will enjoy natural-looking results. It also means there is no risk of an allergic reaction to the filler or other undesirable consequences.

Reversible Results

Over time, your body will metabolize the hyaluronic acid gel. However, you should know the results of this treatment can be reversed easily at any time. Hyaluronic acid can be metabolized by an injectable enzyme known as hyaluronidase. If you choose to use this dermal filler to augment your lips, but decide the results are too dramatic, a convenient injection session will reverse your results immediately.

Maintenance Sessions Are Rare

To reiterate, the results of this injectable anti-aging treatment are incredibly durable. Other anti-aging treatments, if they are effective, require maintenance sessions every couple of months. When you treat your cosmetic concerns with this dermal filler, you won’t have to come in more than once or twice per year.

Additionally, you may only have to come in once every other year depending on where your injections are administered. Regardless of how hectic your schedule is, you can make time to maintain your youthful appearance once annually.

Discover if This Aesthetic Treatment Is Right for You

You should feel confident in your appearance. Belotero is a safe, effective way to erase wrinkles quickly and comfortably. To find out if this anti-aging treatment is right for you, contact us today at Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL to schedule your initial consultation.

What Is Botox Used For?

You’ve probably heard about injectables, which can rejuvenate aging skin and turn back the clock on lines and wrinkles. But did you know that Botox isn’t just a solution to many cosmetic concerns, but can be used to treat medical issues too? At Lecada Medical Artistry here in Tampa, FL, we’re proud to offer this simple and effective treatment. If you’re ready for more youthful-looking skin or want to know what else Botox could do for you, we can’t wait to assist you.

What Is Botox Used For?

This treatment can be used to address cosmetic concerns such as wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. In particular, it targets dynamic wrinkles, which are the wrinkles that develop over time due to moving your face a lot. The treatment works by blocking signals between the nerves and the muscles under the skin so that they relax. The skin on top then stays smooth and even, no matter how much you move your face.

It can also treat medical concerns using the same science. Many frustrating conditions depend on communication between the nerves and muscles around the body. By blocking these signals, the symptoms can be temporarily stopped. This versatility makes it the perfect treatment for all sorts of patients with different afflictions. Read on to learn if Botox could be of use to you.

Cosmetic Uses

Dynamic wrinkles appear when a person repeatedly moves their face to form expressions. They develop over time and become more pronounced as we emote. These wrinkles include crow’s feet, worry lines horizontal along the forehead), and frown lines (vertical between the eyebrows). Not only do these lines often age a person up, but they can project emotions that you’re not really feeling, such as looking sad or worried when you’re feeling neutral.

You should be able to laugh, talk, and move your face without worrying about lines forming or deepening. This treatment can relax the muscles so they don’t move no matter how much you’re still emoting, leaving your skin soft and even. Botox isn’t effective on some signs of aging such as hollow cheeks or sagging skin. For these concerns, our staff at Lecada Medical Artistry recommends fillers. If you’re not sure what injectable will best suit your skin, come in for a chat and we can set up the treatment that works best.

Medical Uses

This treatment is used to combat many medical concerns, including:

  • Migraines
  • Lazy eye
  • Grinding your teeth
  • Spasms
  • Excessive sweating
  • An overactive bladder

Surprisingly, all these conditions are the result of muscles not working properly. For example, lazy eyes are caused by unbalanced muscles that, when relaxed, balance out and restore an even-looking eye shape. Botox can alleviate the painful or just embarrassing symptoms of these and other medical concerns so you can enjoy life.

How Does This Treatment Work?

Botulinum toxin, or Botox, is a protein that blocks communication between the nerves and the muscles. It’s injected using a very fine needle into specific areas around the body to relax certain muscle groups: when used under the arm, it can stop excessive sweating, or when used between the eyebrows it can soften frown lines.

Patients first have a consultation in our office where we discuss their problem areas and develop a treatment plan. On the day of their session, they come in with a clean face and we perform injections as per the plan. A member of our expert staff might numb the treatment area, but thanks to the needle being so small and fine, patients experience no pain regardless. The injections are quick and simple and then the entire process is over.

What Are the Benefits of This Treatment?

It’s Fast

Unlike many surgical procedures that can take hours, this treatment can be over in as little as ten minutes. The absolute maximum time it will take is half an hour. That means it can slot into your lunch break and is usually quicker than even a haircut. Even coming back for maintenance sessions isn’t a hassle when appointments are this short.

You Don’t Need Time To Recover

Patients love that they can immediately carry on with their days after their sessions, returning to work or running errands as per usual. There’s no time needed to heal or rest afterward. Because you won’t need any anesthetic, you can even drive yourself to and from the appointment.

There are usually a few simple steps to follow so that your skin stays healthy and your results last. These might include not rubbing or touching the treatment area, avoiding harsh sunlight, and not partaking in vigorous exercise. These are temporary guidelines and you’ll be able to resume normal life in no time.

It’s Proven To Be Super Safe

This treatment has been around and FDA-approved since 1989. Since then, it’s been studied further and become more advanced, keeping it at the top of the food chain of injectables. For this reason, patients feel confident in the process and product. When in the hands of experts like our staff here at Lecada Medical Artistry, you can trust that this is a completely safe cosmetic solution.

Results Develop Quickly

Some patients notice a change in their skin in as little as two or three days after treatment, while others notice them after about a week. The exact time depends on the individual, including how deep their wrinkles are and what the tissue under their skin is like. The results develop with time and optimal outcomes can usually be seen by the ten-day mark.

The results last for roughly three to four months, after which time, lines and wrinkles will start reappearing. Most of our patients love their treated skin so much they come in for touch-up sessions when this happens. We’re always excited to welcome you back to Lecada Medical Artistry to revitalize your skin again.

People Love the Results

Whether used for cosmetic or medical concerns, the outcomes of this treatment delight our patients again and again. For those wanting to diminish wrinkles and lines, they can enjoy smoother skin that looks fresher and more youthful. They can emote freely, moving their face to smile, laugh, and chat, and know that deep wrinkles won’t form as they do so. Thanks to the targeted nature of the treatment, they also feel comforted knowing that untreated areas still move dynamically, keeping the face looking normal and natural.

Those who used treatment to address medical issues such as sweating or lazy eye no longer have to worry about these ailments and can instead feel free and comfortable in their bodies. We love how this treatment can afford patients such confidence.

Who Is an Ideal Candidate for This Treatment?

If you’re over eighteen and bothered by dynamic wrinkles leaving you looking older, sadder, angrier, or more tired than you really are, you may be a good candidate for this treatment. We know these wrinkles can affect people of all ages, genders, and skin tones. Likewise, adult candidates looking to treat any of the medical concerns we’ve mentioned above are encouraged to schedule a consultation with us.

When you come in for your initial consultation, we’ll review your medical history, including allergies and any medication you’re on, to ensure you’re a healthy candidate. We’ll also discuss your goals to make sure this treatment can give you the results you’re after. If it’s not a good fit, we offer a number of excellent alternatives that might better treat your concerns.

Schedule a Consultation Today

If you don’t want to live with wrinkles, lines, excessive sweating, teeth grinding, or whatever treatable concern has been bugging you, you no longer have to. Botox is a tried and tested solution to both medical and cosmetic issues and can get you feeling more confident and comfortable in your skin in one easy session. To learn more, contact us now at Lecada Medical Artistry in Tampa, FL.