New Filler Treats Smokers' Lip Lines

Those who light up can now fight the telltale signs of smoking, thanks to the dermal filler Belotero, a hyaluronic acid (HA) dermal filler that integrates with the skin, adapts to skin contours, and plumps and adds volume to lines and creases of the lip. "The msot obvious prevention of smokers' lines is not to smoke," says Joseph Eviatar, M.D., an oculofacial plastic surgeon and surgical director of Chelsea Eye & Cosmetic Surgery Associates (New York City). "However, once the lines have formed, a dermal filler like Belotero can offer an effective solution. Belotero has a thinner consistency than other dermal fillers on the market, which allows us to gently and instantly fill the finest of lines."

Because Belotero is made of the same volumizing and moisturizing component of the skin, Eviatar says he has found it to be a natural fit for lip rejuvenation. "The difference is not only the composition of Belotero but also the actual technique of injection," he says. "Injections with Belotero are performed more superficially, reducing the possibility of a tyndell effect, a darkening of the skin or blue hue, that other HA products can create if not injected properly." Additionally, one treatment of Belotero was shown in clinical studies to last from nine to 12 months.

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