A new facial filler has been introduced to the US market called Belotero. Belotero is a hyaluronic acid based filler with a unique twist. It is the only filler that can be injected superficially into the skin. When other hyalronic acid derivatives are injected superfically, they can lead to an effect called the Tyndall effect. The Tyndall effect occurs when light hits the filler of a hyaluronic acid gel, creating a blueish discoloration. This is one of the main reasons why fillers such as Juvederm or Restylane cannot be injected too close to the surface of the skin. However, with Belotero, due to the fillers unique dual cross linking properties, the filler can be injected superficially. This allows the product to be injected in areas where no current filler could be injected.
Photo on the left is patient before injection, photo on the right is patient immediately after filler treatment by Dr. Shah.
One of the latest advances with facial fillers has been the use of microcannulas. Microcannulas are essentially soft, flexible needles without the sharp tip. One of the major advantages of microcannulas are less trauma to the blood vessels in the skin, making bruising even less likely. Dr. Shah uses microcannulas in specific circumstances and areas to help decrease risk of bruising.