The process of natural skin aging in the face is a combination of 3 factors:
Skin dehydration leading to a decrease in skin quality through loss of elasticity, tone, and radiance.
Loss of facial fat resulting in sagging of the skin and volume loss, which contributes to the appearance of lines, wrinkles, and folds.
Change in bone structure and loss of muscle tissue, resulting in volume loss which contributes to changes in facial contours.
The good news is that we can change the way we age! The signs and symptoms of the natural aging process can be reduced by replacing the lost hyaluronic acid. HA is our skin’s natural moisturizer. HA can hold us to 1,000 times its own weight in water, thus maintaining the smoothness (moisturizing effect) and plumpness (volumizing effect) of our skin. Products containing HA address all aspects of the aging process and are used in various treatment approaches including rehydration, wrinkle management, and restoring volume and shaping contours.
At Sarnia Anti-Aging Clinic, we carry the Belotero Portfolio of HA Fillers including Belotero Lip Lush, Belotero Intense, and Belotero Volume. We also carry the Juvederm Portfolio of Juvederm Volbella, Juvederm Volux, and Juvederm Volift.
Frequently Asked Questions
How long does the treatment take?
Once you are happy to proceed with your treatment, Dr. Al-Saadon, or Kim, our certified RN, will ask you questions about your medical history, current medications, and other relevant medical information. During the treatment session, the product is injected into the specific area of the skin using a very fine needle. The treatment is quick, typically taking about 30 minutes.
When injecting into the skin to correct lines and wrinkles, to sculpt contours, or for rehydration, the treatment is relatively painless. Some people may experience the treatment as a mild discomfort. We offer the patient medical grade lidocaine 30 minutes before treatment in order to alleviate discomfort. Additionally, the products we use contain lidocaine to ensure patient comfort upon injection.
Will I notice the difference right away?
Yes, the aesthetic results are immediate. Your healthcare provider will inject the filler in the desired treatment area and the gel will instantly provide the smoothing and lifting effect you are looking for.
How long does Belotero Last?
One of the great advantages of our fillers is that the effects are long lasting, between 9 and 18 months, but not permanent. Duration depends on many factors such as the type of treatment, the treated area, the individual’s skin type, skin condition, lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended. During your follow-up visit, Dr. Al-Saadon will recommend to inject more product in order to improve the appearance of the initial treatment.
Are there any risks or side effects?
The Belotero products are based on hyaluronic acid, a natural component of the skin. They are therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction and no preliminary allergy test is necessary. There are, however, some injection related reactions which may occur and include slight redness, swelling, itching, bruising, and pain at the injection site. These reactions are generally mild to moderate and usually disappear shortly after injection. Be sure to inform your healthcare provider of any and all allergies, especially to lidocaine, before treatment.
You should always discuss any side effects and/or post treatment reactions with your healthcare provider. Don’t be afraid to ask many questions!
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