Bellafill is a smooth, collagen-based dermal filler with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen gel in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift to correct wrinkles, skin folds and acne scars. Once injected, these microspheres stay in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin. What makes Bellafill stand apart from other options is its longevity. Bellafill is the only dermal filler that stimulates collagen growth long term to help maintain your youthful appearance lasting up to 5 years.
Treatment with Bellafill is very similar to treatment with conventional injectable fillers. The main difference is that Bellafill requires a skin test in the United States to identify those patients who may have an allergy to bovine or lidocaine. Lidocaine is provided to minimize discomfort during the injection.
- First Appointment: Your skin test. A small amount of purified bovine collagen gel is injected in the forearm to ensure you have no adverse reactions to bovine collagen and/or lidocaine.
- Second Appointment: Four weeks later, if there have been no adverse reactions to the initial test, you are ready for treatment. Upon injection, you will usually see immediate improvement to lines and wrinkles. The amount of Bellafill required will depend on the severity of the lines/wrinkles/acne scars being addressed.
- Third Appointment: A follow-up is suggested at 4-6 weeks. This also allows you to decide if you would like to further enhance or correct the area.
You can return to your normal activities right away. However, you may experience some temporary swelling, tenderness and redness at the injection site. Keep in mind that these symptoms are usually temporary, resolving in 1 to 7 days.
After your Bellafill treatment, you’ll see an immediate improvement in nasolabial folds, smile lines, parenthesis, wrinkles around the nose and mouth, and acne scarring – and your results will continue to improve over the course of about three months as collagen production increases. Clinical studies have shown that patients are still satisfied with the appearance of their nasolabial folds at least five years after their initial Bellafill treatment. For pitted acne scars, Bellafill is effective around 12 months. Most patients see their desired results within one to three treatments.
Patients must be 21 years of age or older, and receive the required skin test prior to treatment. In clinical trials, Bellafill was shown to work equally on both male and female patients with a variety of skin types. If you have a history of severe allergies to lidocaine, have a bleeding disorder, or are prone to thick or excessive scar formation, let your doctor know prior to your treatment. To decide which anti-aging treatment is best for a particular patient, it is necessary to meet with one of our Medical professionals for a free consultation to discuss all possible methods of skin rejuvenation and treatment.