Bellafill® is one of the more innovative injectable treatments to come along in quite some time. This dermal filler can work wonders at reducing signs of age such as smile lines and wrinkles between the nose and mouth, as well as minimizing the appearance of facial acne scars. Bellafill® is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to address both of these issues. Plus, Bellafill®’s unique composition is known to create exceptionally natural-looking and long-lasting results – many patients experience the effects of Bellafill® for years without the need for excessive “touch-up” treatments. Our skilled dermatologists at Dermatology & Laser Surgery Center can perform Bellafill® treatment right here at our practice in under an hour and have you back to your normal daily routine immediately following the procedure.
What are the benefits of Bellafill®?
Bellafill® is FDA-approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds (lines between the nose and mouth). It is also the only dermal filler FDA-approved for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, and distensible acne scars that occur on the cheeks in patients aged 21 and over. Bellafill® makes it possible for you to attain smoother, more youthful-looking skin for extensive periods of time, without the need for surgery. The Bellafill® solution is made up of a revolutionary formula that contains purified bovine collagen as well as PMMA microspheres (poly-methyl-methacrylate spherical particles). The PMMA gives the skin a structure for new collagen to be built around, helping the skin maintain improvement. These tiny particles are essentially synthetic implant materials – they do not break down, which enables the positive effects of Bellafill® to last for years.
Bellafill® treatment sessions usually take only about 10 to 20 minutes to complete. They also do not usually require downtime, which makes this advanced procedure both effective and convenient for many patients.
Acne affects millions of Americans, many of whom develop noticeable facial scarring that has an effect on their self-esteem. While there are a number of advanced treatment options designed to minimize the appearance of acne scars, Bellafill® is distinctive in that its collagen compounds can provide immediate results and the PMMA microspheres help the skin to continue replenishing itself. This means that the effects of Bellafill® can continue for many years after the initial treatment, providing you with smoother, healthier-looking skin.
The Bellafill® solution, which contains a small amount of lidocaine to make the procedure as comfortable as possible, will be injected into the areas targeted for treatment with a fine needle. Once this is accomplished, the acne scars should immediately become less visible. While another quick treatment session a few months after the initial procedure may be necessary to “fine-tune” the results for some patients, Bellafill® typically does not require regular touch-up treatments in the ensuing years to maintain the effects.
Some patients with certain types of acne scars may not be candidates for Bellafill®; however, for these individuals, our experienced dermatologist will recommend viable alternatives that can help them achieve their goals.
Smile Lines and Nasolabial Folds
Smile lines and creases between the nose and mouth are some of the first signs of age that occur along the face. With Bellafill®, these fine lines can be beautifully smoothed away, giving your skin a more youthful and refreshed appearance. One of our dermatologists will inject the Bellafill® solution into the target areas with an ultra-fine needle. The solution contains a local anesthetic to minimize discomfort during the injection. Bellafill® offers a dual benefit for wrinkle reduction: it can immediately minimize the appearance of smile lines and nasolabial folds and give the targeted areas of skin the support they need for results that last much longer than other dermal fillers. In fact, many patients have experienced the effects of the initial Bellafill® treatment for at least five years, and even longer periods in some cases.
What about recovery?
Most patients require no downtime whatsoever after a Bellafill® procedure, and are able to resume normal daily activities immediately. Some redness, bruising, and swelling will likely be present around the injection sites; however, these effects should fade within a few days, and can often be covered with makeup.
*Individual Results May Vary