Over time, the face naturally loses volume, resulting in the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Patients may also experience common concerns like acne scars or thin, disproportionate, or asymmetrical lips at any age. Injectables including Belotero can improve the appearance without the downtime or recovery of invasive surgeries. In the Miami area, patients can turn to Dr. Andrés Sárraga for a range of injectable options like Belotero. the ARTIS Institute for Plastic Surgery is conveniently located in Aventura and offers safe, effective Belotero injections with excellent results.
WHAT IS BELOTERO?
Made up of hyaluronic acid gel, Belotero is a dermal filler created to smooth fine lines, deep wrinkles, nasolabial folds, and acne scars, or to volumize the lips. Belotero is specially formulated to create a smooth gel texture, providing a natural look and feel. Unlike neuromodulators like Botox, Belotero fills in areas of the skin while leaving skin flexible for comfortable movement.
Belotero is useful for multiple treatment areas throughout the face, making it a great choice for a wide range of patients. Common areas or concerns treated with Belotero include:
- • Nasolabial Folds
- • Vertical Lip Lines
- • Corners of the Mouth
- • Smile Lines
- • Chin Wrinkles
- Nonsurgical lip augmentation
- Acne scars
- Undereye bags
ANDRÉS SÁRRAGA MD FACS
DOUBLE BOARD-CERTIFIED PLASTIC SURGEON
Dr. Sárraga was born and raised in Puerto Rico, where he spent most of his life. He decided at a very early age to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps and pursue a career in the art of medicine and surgery. Dr. Sárraga has been featured in several publications including Aventura Magazine™ and Healthy Valley® Magazine where he has discussed procedures including Facial Rejuvenation and Breast Surgery. He has also been featured with his friend and mentor Dr. Storch. Since Dr. Storch’s retirement, Dr. Sárraga now runs ARTIS Institute Plastic Surgery as a single practitioner.
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Healthy individuals 21 years of age or older who wish to smooth lines and wrinkles are often good candidates. Be sure to tell Dr. Sarraga if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, as it is not known how Belotero will work in these circumstances. Patients who take blood-thinning medications and supplements or who smoke may also be poor candidates for Belotero. A consultation is needed to decide if Belotero is a good match for you. During your consultation, Dr. Sárraga will evaluate your health history to ensure safety.
Several hyaluronic acid injectables are available, meaning that Belotero may or may not be your best option for achieving your cosmetic goals. Experts like Dr. Sárraga are best able to determine the best injectable for each patient based on subtle differences in formulas. During your consultation, Dr. Sárraga may suggest another product or utilizing a combination of injectables alongside Belotero to achieve your best possible results. A personalized treatment plan can be determined for you.
THE BELOTERO PROCEDURE
Belotero can typically be injected immediately following your consultation. Once the appropriate injection sites have been determined, the area will be cleansed to avoid any infections or other complications. As needed, topical numbing solutions may also be applied. This is not always necessary, as Belotero contains lidocaine for some numbing effects. With this preparation complete, the Belotero can then be injected using a fine needle. The injection process can be completed quickly, with appointments taking as little as 15 minutes. This makes injectable treatments perfect for on-the-go patients.
Belotero results are immediate after treatment and will last about six months. Longevity varies among patients based on multiple factors, and some will see Belotero results which last as long as 18 months. Some patients may find that in areas that experience a lot of movement due to talking, smiling, or chewing, the product may dissolve faster than in other areas. Over time, the product is naturally and safely broken down by the body, meaning results will gradually fade. You may choose to schedule maintenance injections to keep up your results. Dr. Sárraga can help you determine a suitable long-term treatment plan. If for whatever reason you are unsatisfied with your results, it is possible to inject a solution that causes the product to break down, effectively reversing results.
After treatment, some patients may experience mild itchiness, redness, bruising, or tenderness at the injection site. These side effects usually resolve within a week. There is little to no downtime associated with Belotero treatments, with most patients able to return to their daily activities right away. However, patients should avoid alcoholic beverages and extensive sun exposure for 24 hours after treatment. This is important to prevent unnecessary or excessive side effects including bruising, bleeding, or hyperpigmentation. It is not necessary to massage or apply pressure to the injection site, as this can cause unwanted migration, bruising, or other complications. Dr. Sárraga will give you specific instructions regarding aftercare.
SCHEDULE A CONSULTATION
To learn more about what Belotero treatment can do for you, contact the ARTIS Institute for Plastic Surgery in Aventura today. We would be happy to schedule your initial consultation with Dr. Sarraga today. Call our office at (305) 932-3200 or contact us online to set up your appointment.
“The Definition of Professional and Class”
Dr. Sarraga and the whole office is the definition of professional and class. He does amazing work and always takes time to listen to the results you are trying to achieve. My family and I have had dozens of procedures done at his office and have all been very happy with our results. He’s gentle and precise. His office also does not try to oversell or tell you that you need procedures that you do not actually need. Best plastic surgeon in South Florida hands down.