Bellafill®

 

 

Bellafill, previously known as Artefill, is a dermal filler that has been FDA-approved for the correction of nasolabial folds around the nose and mouth since 2006. While most dermal fillers are comprised of hyaluronic acid, Bellafill is a unique formulation of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) collagen microspheres that provide both instant and long-lasting improvement to the visible signs of aging. It is comprised of 20% PMMA microspheres and 80% collagen. This unique makeup is also the reason why it is the only dermal filler approved to treat acne scars.

Once injected directly underneath the skin of the treatment areas, it is formulated to immediately smooth and tighten the skin during the very first treatment. The PMMA microspheres are between 30-50 microns in size, which means that they are almost imperceptible to the human eye. Once the PMMA microspheres are injected, they remain in place and create a matrix. The collagen that comprises Bellafill will slowly be absorbed, but the microspheres will not. The matrix created by the microspheres will support the production of new collagen – the protein in your skin that is responsible for its strength and structure. In this way, you are provided with younger looking, beautiful skin and contour that lasts.

BENEFITS OF BELLAFILL®

  • While some dermal fillers wear off as soon as four months after treatment, Bellafill has been proven to create a long-lasting collagen matrix as well as new blood vessels to increase circulation and add a youthful, long-lasting glow to the skin for 5 years, sometimes longer.
  • In addition to filling in the nasolabial folds, Bellafill is also commonly used to reduce the appearance of acne scars.
  • Bellafill has been extensively studied longer than any other dermal filler, and has results that last for up to five years for wrinkle correction and up to one year for acne scar correction.
  • Bellafill provides the longest lasting wrinkle reduction without the need for surgery or an invasive procedure.

 

BELLAFILL FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS(FAQ)

WHAT IS BELLAFILL®?

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 and acne scars. Once injected, these microspheres stay in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin.

HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?

The effectiveness and patient satisfaction rates of Bellafill® have been established through 5 years when used to correct nasolabial folds, and 12 months when used to correct acne scars.

WHAT ARE THE MICROSPHERES IN BELLAFILL® MADE OF?

The microspheres are made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a biocompatible material that has been safely used in medical implants and other devices for more than 65 years.

HOW DOES IT WORK?

The collagen in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift for results that you can enjoy as soon as you leave the office. Over time, the collagen is reabsorbed while the PMMA microspheres are left behind. They create a supportive base that allows more of your own collagen to develop, resulting in smoother-looking skin in the long term.

WILL IT WORK FOR ME?

In a clinical trial, Bellafill® was shown to work equally well on both male and female patients with a variety of skin types. If you have a history of severe allergies, have a known allergy to bovine collagen, are allergic to lidocaine, have a bleeding disorder, or are prone to thick or excessive scar formation, let your practitioner know prior to your treatment.

IS IT SAFE?

Bellafill® has been proven safe through 5 years in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever completed. In short, yes!

WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?

Bellafill® replaces lost volume in the skin below the indentation for correction that is both immediate and lasting.

WHAT’S THE DOWNTIME?

You can return to your normal activities right away. However, you may experience some temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps or bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. Keep in mind that these symptoms are usually temporary, resolving within 1 to 7 days.

HOW LONG HAS BELLAFILL® BEEN AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.?

Bellafill® was approved by the FDA to treat nasolabial folds in October 2006, under the trade name ArteFill®. In December 2014, Bellafill® was approved by the FDA for the correction of certain types of moderate to severe acne scars in patients over 21.

To learn if Bellafill®  is right for you, please schedule a free consultation by calling us at 516-442-7088.