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Jun 20, 2018
What is Belotero?
Belotero is a collection of non-permanent soft tissue fillers manufactured by Merz Pharmaceuticals. These fillers are composed of cross-linked synthetic hyaluronic acid gel that is processed using 2 patented technologies: Cohesive Polydensified Matrix (CPM) and Dynamic Cross-Linking Technology (DCLT). The resulting monophasic fillers have varying concentrations of hyaluronic acid and viscoelasticity to treat a wide range of skin imperfections—from skin dullness to severe loss of facial volume.
What is Juvederm?
Juvederm is another range of soft tissue fillers made from cross-linked non-animal hyaluronic acid manufactured by Allergan. The gel is processed using 2 different manufacturing technologies—Vycross and Hyalacross—to give rise 2 collections of implants: the Vycross and Ultra. Both of these ranges have varying hyaluronic acid concentrations as well as viscoelastic properties. These aesthetic solutions are used to treat a lot of skin problems such as dryness and even sunken areas.
Similarities and differences between Belotero vs Juvederm
Hyaluronic acid actually exists naturally in the skin to provide much-needed hydration for other cells. Hyaluronic acid-based dermal fillers are a popular choice due to their safety and efficacy. Both of these brands share the same type of filler material—cross-linked synthetic hyaluronic acid. The molecules are extracted and purified from fermenting bacteria cultures. Besides that, these 2 brands are proven to last approximately a year once administered into problematic skin areas. They are biodegradable and bioresorbable and will be eventually disintegrated into the surrounding tissues, making them non-permanent aesthetic fillers. In addition, the hyaluronic acid gel from both these brands have a monophasic homogenous texture. They are highly cohesive and can integrate seamlessly with the facial tissues to deliver natural-looking aesthetic improvements.
A major difference is the technology used to cross-link hyaluronic acid molecules. Belotero is processed using DCLT. This proprietary technology double cross-links hyaluronic acid strands with non-crosslinked molecules. The resulting gel then has an ideal balance of cohesivity, elasticity, and plasticity. On the other hand, Vycross Technology produces fillers that contain majority (90%) low molecular weight and minority (10%) of high molecular weight hyaluronic acid. Another technology used by Juvederm brand is Hyalacross Technology. This advanced manufacturing process ensures that the fillers possess very smooth gel consistencies.
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