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At the Arizona Center for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, we are now offering you an additional treatment option to the very popular and effective Juvederm® and Restylane® for the correction of moderate to severe facial wrinkles and folds: Belotero Balance®. This is the newest hyaluronic acid dermal filler to be approved by the FDA and one that has been successfully used for many years in Europe and elsewhere.

Just like those other two fillers, Belotero Balance® consists of hyaluronic acid, a substance that is a normal and critically important component of our tissues and is ,therefore, safe and non-toxic. However, it is not just another dermal filler that you can choose from among many. Though it can be used for treating the same areas as Juvederm® and Restylane®, it is also designed to fill an important niche that these two other fillers can’t address very well: the softening and filling of fine lines of the face. This would include such areas as the crow’s feet at the corners of the eyes and smoker’s lines of the lips.

The reasons that Belotero Balance® can provide a better result, one without the lumpiness or incomplete corrections that the others are associated with, is because it is specially formulated to have a thinner, softer consistency. This also allows it to be injected more superficially in the tissues where it can be much more effective.

The following are some of the common areas that Belotero Balance® can be used for in the treatment of lines, creases and wrinkles as well as for the addition of volume:

•    Nasolabial folds (the “parentheses”) which extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth
•    “Marionette” lines which go from the corners of the mouth downward to the jaw and chin
•    “Crow’s feet” lines (laugh lines) located and extending out from the corner of the eyes
•     Vertical “smoker’s lines” of the lips
•     Vertical “frown” lines on the forehead
•     Lip augmentation
•     Other creases or areas of depressed contour of the face
•     Areas of the face needing more projection such as the chin or cheekbones

For lip augmentation, I have found that it does offer a more “gentle” appearing result with a feel that is softer than both Juvederm® and Restylane®. Its duration should be similar to these two other dermal fillers.

In areas that may require more firmness and resistance to tissue forces, Juvederm® and Restylane® would be better choices. Of course, we would discuss all your options and recommendations would be made prior to formulating your own personalized treatment plan. Botox® can also be used at the same time.

If you would like more information on Belotero Balance®, Juvederm® or Restylane®, or for any other plastic surgery procedure that I perform, you can call my office at 480-451-3000. We would also be happy to schedule a complimentary consultation for you at that time as well.

Steven H. Turkeltaub, M.D. P.C.
Scottsdale and Phoenix, Arizona

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A Message Regarding Coronavirus/COVID-19

In light of the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to let you know of some of the major precautions we are taking in our office to maximize cleanliness and keep the environment as sanitary and safe as possible. Our highest priority is always to ensure the safety of every individual who sees us and we are taking extreme infection-control measures to maintain cleanliness and “sterility” of surfaces and the overall environment.

We will be limiting dates and times for office appointments and consultations due to safety and other issues. Consequently, if you have already made an office appointment or consultation prior to March 18, 2020 to occur at a later time, this may need to be changed.

For anyone considering plastic surgery, we are now offering Virtual Consultations and Telemedicine through Skype. A great number of aesthetic or insurance-related issues can be evaluated via pictures and online video conferencing, making this an excellent way to find out more about particular procedures, determine candidacy for treatment, receive answers to questions and facilitate being able to move forward with care once the government lifts all restrictions.

In an abundance of caution, we are asking all current patients who are experiencing a fever, cough, chills, fatigue or any type of respiratory illness to please delay any upcoming appointments at our practice. We can talk with you by phone or email to establish a new date and time for the appointment.

We are all in this together. Our team urges everyone to follow the guidelines recommended by local health authorities and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which include frequent handwashing for a minimum of 20 seconds, social distancing, staying home if you are feeling sick, and contacting your healthcare provider if you feel you are experiencing symptoms.

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