Belotero® Injections San Francisco
Performed at The Maas Clinic
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Belotero® has been recently approved by the Food and Drug Administration to add volume to moderate-to-severe facial wrinkles and folds.
Belotero® is monophasic hyaluronic acid-based soft tissue derma filler with special cross-linking technology known as cohesive polydensified matrix (CPM) technology. As a key consultant for Merz Corporation and one of San Francisco’s principle thought leaders on cosmetic injections, Dr. Maas was a principle investigator for the Food and Drug Administration’s Belotero clinical trials. Thus, Dr. Maas has the longest experience with Belotero® in San Francisco for over 6 years. His work with this product lead to several key technique developments as well as observations about Belotero’s performance that make it unique amongst the approved HA fillers including Restylane, Juvederm, Prevelle and Hydrelle.
One of the special characteristics of Belotero’s CPM technology is the absence of the bluish hue (Tyndell effect) seen with all other HAs when used to treat areas of thin skin like the eyelid area. Belotero’s unique structure completely fills the dermal paces and produces a lasting natural cosmetic effect with the smooth transitions between treated and untreated areas. As mentioned previously, an advantage of Belotero® is that the other hyaluronic acid fillers can cause a bluish hue if they are injected too superficially, as light reflected through the skin may bounce off the clear filler. This is not the case with Belotero®. In this sense, this product fills a the needed niche, as a long-lasting filler for superficial wrinkles that can be administered close to the surface of the skin without causing a blue hue.
Hyaluronic acid is a substance found in the body’s connective tissues that occurs naturally. As its supply dwindles with advancing age, injections of Belotero® or other hyaluronic acid-based fillers can increase volume, creating a more youthful appearance. Other hyaluronic acid-based fillers also available in the United States include, Juvederm®, Restylane®, Peralne® and Prevelle Silk®. These products are excellent filler options for nasal labial folds, lips or the tear trough area. Belotero® has been widely used in used in Europe and Canada for years and is now available in the United States. Dr. Maas is a known pioneer with injectibles such as Botox® and Dysport®, Purtox and facial fillers. Ground breaking research at the San Francisco Research Center at The Maas Clinic with the newer fillers including Elevesse and Xeomin shows promise. The Research Center’s clinical trials started Dr. Maas’ early experience injecting Belotero® as a lead investigator, conducting a clinical trial on the safety and efficacy of Boletero®.
An advantage of all hyaluronic based products; biphasic or monophasic is that if you are unhappy with the results, injections of an enzyme called hyaluronidase can dissolve all or part of it, eliminating the effects. Early research work at Duke University suggests that this “adjustability” may be less with Belotero than other HA products.
There is no allergy testing required with Belotero® or any of the other hyaluronic acid products.
Dr. Corey Maas and the staff at The Maas Clinic look forward to answering any questions you may have about Belotero® in San Francisco. To schedule an appointment, please call (415) 567-7000.