Frequently asked questions
How long does the treatment take?
First, your practitioner will ask you questions about your medical history, current medications, and any other relevant medical information. During the treatment session, the product is injected into the specific area of the skin to be treated, using a very fine needle. The treatment is quick, typically taking about 30 minutes.
Does it hurt?
Some people may experience a mild discomfort during the treatment. Nearly the complete Belotero® range is available with lidocaine in order to maximise your comfort.
Will the treated area become hard or feel unusual?
The Belotero® products integrate so readily into your own tissue that, unlike with some other fillers maybe*, you are unlikely to feel the substance when you touch the treated area. This is especially important in areas like the lips, where you will want to see the results but not necessarily feel anything different.
* Tran C. et al. Dermatology. 2014; 228(1):47-54.
How soon can I return to my daily activities?
You may experience reactions such as redness, erythema, oedema or pain, sometimes accompanied by itching in the treated area. These reactions may last for a week. As the Belotero® fillers are applied by injection, hematomas and swelling, indurations or nodules as well as coloration or discoloration in the treated area may occur. However, many reactions usually subside soon after treatment. Therefore, some return to work immediately after the treatment.
How do I avoid an unnatural outcome such as “trout-pout” lips?
For a natural-looking result, treatments and especially lip enhancements require a less-is-more approach. Lips often swell immediately after treatment and it can take two to three days before you are able to see the true effects. It is better to go back to your aesthetic practitioner for a top-up treatment if needed than have too much product injected during the first treatment.
Will I notice the difference right away?
Yes, the aesthetic results are immediate. As the treatment is less invasive than surgery, you will be able to continue your daily activities straight after the treatment.
How long do the Belotero® products 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 skin type, skin condition, lifestyle and age. After the initial treatment, follow-up sessions are normally recommended. At a follow-up visit, your practitioner may decide to inject more substance in order to improve the appearance of the initial treatment. After the treatment with Belotero® Hydro for example, you will notice a distinct improvement in your complexion after the first session. However, to optimise long-lasting results and a high level of satisfaction, your practitioner will recommend two to three sessions close together (2 to 3 weeks apart). The treatments will then become less frequent, taking place once or twice a year, depending on your personal skin condition.
Are there any risks or side effects with Merz products?
Our products are based on hyaluronic acid, a natural component of the skin. They are therefore less likely to cause an allergic reaction and no prior allergy testing is necessary. However, there are some injection-related reactions which may occur, such as redness, erythema, oedema or pain, sometimes accompanied by itching in the treated area. These reactions may last for a week. Hematomas and swelling, indurations or nodules as well as coloration or discoloration in the treated area, may also appear. In some cases, you can develop an allergy to one of the product’s components, especially to sodium hyaluronate, and lidocaine hydrochloride. Cases of necrosis, abscesses and granulomas after sodium hyaluronate injections have also been reported. These potential risks occur rarely, but they must be considered nevertheless. Be sure to inform your practitioner of allergies you may have, especially to lidocaine, before treatment. In addition, you should always discuss any possible side effects and/or post-treatment reactions with your practitioner. Your practitioner is fully qualified, so don’t be afraid to ask as many questions as you wish.