Most dermal fillers offer impressive, albeit fleeting, results. Fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane® and their various line extensions usually last around one year before the body absorbs the filler and it’s time for another session.
But Dr. Cheung offers Bellafill®, which reduces the appearance of smile lines for up to five years, and acne scarring for one year. This FDA-approved filler is the longest-lasting injectable.
What is Bellafill?
Bellafill® is classified as a “synthetic” filler. It consists of a mix of 80 percent collagen and 20 percent polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. PMMA is a biocompatible material that has been safely used in medical implants and other devices for over 65 years.
Bellafill® targets nasolabial folds and acne scars in a two-step method. The FDA has verified its results on nasolabial folds for five years. It has verified Bellafill® results for treating acne scars for up to one year.
How does Bellafill work?
Bellafill® works in two ways, first using the collagen in the filler and then the PMMA microspheres. The collagen shows first, immediately adding volume to the skin to lift and fill smile lines and acne scars.
As the body begins to absorb the collagen, the PMMA microspheres kick in. Once injected along with the collagen, the PMMA microspheres remain in place and they create a matrix that supports new collagen production in your skin. So, in addition to the filling aspect from the injected collagen Bellafill® also stimulates your body to create new collagen, which rejuvenates and fills the skin for years.
Would Bellafill be a good option for me?
If you would like to bypass the yearly sessions necessary to maintain the results of dermal fillers such as Juvederm® and Restylane®, and instead opt for five years of results, then Bellafill® could be a good option. It is a good choice if you have moderate to deep nasolabial folds or acne scarring.
Where is Bellafill used?
Bellafill® is approved for use on deep nasolabial folds (the lines that run from the nose down to the corners of the mouth) and areas on the face with acne scarring.
How long does it last?
Bellafill® is the king when it comes to dermal filler endurance. The FDA has approved Bellafill® and verifies its results on nasolabial folds for five years, and on acne scars for one year. Studies show 83% patient satisfaction with Bellafill® after five years. Also, 91% of people who’ve had Bellafill® injections would recommend them to a friend.
Will I need more than one Bellafill session?
Bellafill delivers its long-lasting results after just one treatment.
What are the side effects with Bellafill?
Bellafill has been extensively studied and shown to be safe. After your injection session, you may have some temporary swelling, redness, bruising, lumps or bumps, itching, and discoloration at the injection sites. These typically resolve in 1-7 days.