5 things you need to know before you use Bellafill
Bellafill is a long lasting facial filler that can rebuild your own collagen and smooth facial wrinkles for a natural look and a gentle lift that lasts for 5 years or more.
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Bellafill is a long lasting facial filler that is FDA approved for facial wrinkles and as an Acne Scar Filler.
Bellafill has 2 main components:
- 80% – highly purified natural Bovine Collagen that can fill and give immediate results
- 20% – bio stimulant called PMMA-Poly Methyl Methacrylate Crystals. They are 400 microns in diameter, the size of a cell.
- Lidocaine to provide comfort.
Thanks to its 2 innovative components, Bellafill® creates instant results that you can enjoy as soon as you leave the ofﬁce. As the original collagen gel fades away, your body naturally replaces it with your own collagen around the microspheres, for unparalleled long-term smoothness. PMMA stimulates your own connective tissue to replace the collagen as it gets absorbed. PMMA is one of the most widely used biocompatible synthetic materials in the world. PMMA has a proven safety record of 65 years in clinical use.
Bellafill for Facial Wrinkles
The best Bellafill® candidates are women or men, 21 and older, who are bothered by the look of their nasolabial folds and wish to avoid the regular touch-up treatments associated with other fillers.
Bellafill® is FDA approved, and both its collagen gel and its PMMA microspheres have established records of safety.
Bellafill® is safe for skin of all types and colors. However, an allergy test is required prior to treatment to make sure prospective patients aren’t sensitive to the product.
Natural looking results for smile lines.
Some success stories…
Bellafill for acne scars
Bellafill is the only filler on the market approved for the correction of acne scars. It is a safe, simple, treatment done in the office that offers both immediate and long lasting results. Bellafill is injected under the scars with or without subcision of the scar (to release the scar tissue and create space for the filler).
Not all types of acne scars can be improved with Bellafill. Acne scars are typically divided into 3 types: ice pick, boxcar, and rolling scars. Ice pick and boxcar scars are deeper than they are wide, with sharp edges and these scars are not good candidates for Bellafill. However, rolling scars which are wider than they are deep, with gentle curves at the edges, are excellent scars for Bellafill. Other types of depressed scars, not just acne scars, can often be improved with Bellafill as well.
Natural looking results for acne scars.
Some success stories…
Common questions & answers
Where can you use Bellafill?
Bellafill is FDA approved for
- Filling/lifting deep and superficial smile lines
- Atrophic acne scars
Off label – Bellafill can be used for filling
- Temple hollows
- Midface volume loss
- Smoker’s lines around the mouth
- Creases in corners of mouth
- Jaw line definition
- Eyebrow lift
- Tear troughs
How many syringes of Bellafill do you need?
Typically most people will need 1-2 kits of Bellafill. There are 5 syringes in a kit. The number of syringes you need depends on how deep the wrinkles and folds are and the extent of volume loss on the face. You and Dr. Atluri can decide at your initial consultation how many syringes/kits you will need to get best results.
Is Bellafill safe?
The 5 year safety data released by FDA:
- Bellafill has the largest and longest dermal filler study ever conducted.
- Bellafill had 1008 subjects enrolled across 23 sites in the US.
- The study had unprecedented 87% retention at 5 years
- Bellafill had an exceedingly high 5 year satisfaction/success rating of over 90% for subjects and investigators
- Bellafill had a complication rate 1.7% of mostly lumps and bumps. All Bellafill lumps and bumps resolved or significantly improved with standard treatment (low dose steroid or Kenalog injection)
How is Bellafill different from other facial fillers?
Dermal fillers are of two types
Hyaluronic Acid fillers
Hyaluronic acid is a naturally occurring substance that is already found in your skin. It helps keep skin plump and hydrated. HA fillers are typically soft and gel-like. They vary in their thickness and viscosity. The popular ones are Juvederm, Voluma, Volbella, Restylane, SILK, Restylane LYFT and Perlane. They last from 6 months to 2 years. They give immediate resilts and are reversible. Hyaluronic acid fillers are good for fine lines and Facial folds and temporary facial lift.
Non Hyaluronic Acid fillers
The top 3 non hyaluronic acid fillers are Bellafill, Sculptra and Radiesse. Bellafill and Sculptra are good for facial re volumization and deep wrinkles and folds.
How long does it take to inject Bellafill?
Bellafill typically takes between 30 and 45 minutes. You can return to your normal daily routine right away. Dr. Atluri uses a micro-cannula technique while injecting so bruising is less likely than when a needle is used.
What is microcannula technique?
When injecting Bellafill, a sharp needle is replaced with a blunt tipped thin microcannula.
With its flexibility and its blunt tip, the microcannula technique offers many advantages over traditional sharp needles which include:
- The microcannula is more maneuverable due to its flexibility
- Procedures can be completed quicker and with less pain due to the flexible design
- Damage to small blood vessels during the procedure are virtually non-existent
- Little to no bruising is caused since there is no damage to the blood vessels
- The stimulation of new collagen production occurs due to the microcannula
- Rarely are any side effects associated with the microcannula technique
What kind of downtime should I plan for?
You can return to normal activities right away. As with any injectable dermal filler, swelling, redness and bruising can occur at the treatment site. Redness, if it occurs, will generally subside after 24 hours. Swelling can last a few days and under the eyes it can last a few weeks. Bruising, if it occurs, can last up to 2 weeks.
When will I see results?
You will see results immediately. Dr. Atluri will show you exactly what result she is achieving for you as she treats you. The results look better in 6 months and continues to improve up to a year.
Are there any possible side effects with Bellafill?
As with all injectable wrinkle fillers, you can expect swelling and bruising in the treatment area. Swelling usually goes away completely after 10 days but if you had Bellafill under your eyes it, in rare cases, can last up to 3 months. Sometimes there is bruising that typically disappears in seven days but can last 3 weeks before it is completely gone. If you have bruising after a Bellafill treatment it is fine to use any cover up makeup. It is very common to have some slight redness and increased sensitivity at some or all injection sites. Two rare side effects of all dermal fillers may be lumps and granulomas. With Bellafill, true granulomas are extremely rare. Usually what are seen are lumps. These lumps almost always go away by 3 months and you are very rarely able to see them. If they can be seen, then Dr. Atluri can treat these to make them go away.
Why Choose Dr Atluri for your Bellafill treatment?
Dr Atluri will sit down with you to plan and personalize a treatment. You can discuss the number of syringes of Bellafill and kits you will need and the number of treatment sessions you need. Dr Atluri has been injection dermal fillers for the past 10 years. She has good experience injecting Bellafill. Using microcannula technique, she can give you good, natural results with minimal downtime.
5 reasons to choose Transform Medspa
Dr. Atluri at Transform Medspa is known for her artistic eye when it comes to injecting Facial Fillers/Bellafill. The right placement of fillers is vital in getting the most optimal results. Coming to Dr. Atluri for your fillers guarantees the highest standard of expertise and professionalism.
Dr Atluri has been using dermal fillers for over a decade and has done facial fillers on hundreds of patients who have been very happy with their results. Transform Medspa offers a wide range of different short and long lasting dermal fillers – regardless of what you choose, you can be rest-assured that you are in the very best hands.
At Transform medspa our approach with dermal fillers is conservative. Our expertise is in giving you a natural, refreshed and youthful face and avoiding the plastic overdone look.
Our mantra here is that our clients always come first. We will go out of our way to work with your schedule and strive for the best results possible with minimal downtime.
Visit Transform Medspa today or call 513-793-6100