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What is Bellafill?
Bellafill before and after
Bellafill is an FDA approved dermal filler for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds or smile lines, and the treatment of acne scars. It is a unique, injectable collagen filler with microspheres that can instantly smooth facial wrinkles (nasolabial folds) for beautiful, natural-looking results that last.
How Bellafill Works:
Bellafill replaces lost volume in the skin that are immediate and lasting. The injectable gel is comprised of 80% purified collagen and 20% PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres.
Bellafill keeps on working:
Bellafill is different. It restores rather than just fills for natural enduring results. In clinical studies, efficacy was observed out to 12 months. (Primary efficacy endpoint was at 6 months)
Bellafill is an exceptional cosmetic treatment
Bellafill offers a new level of filler rejuvenation. In addition to immediately adding volume to smooth away facial wrinkles known as smile lines, Bellafill helps your skin re-create its own firmer structure for beautiful, younger-looking skin and lasting results.
What to Expect with Bellafill Treatment
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 collagen or lidocaine. Lidocaine is provided to minimize discomfort during 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 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.
Risks of Bellafill
Bellafill contains lidocaine to lessen the discomfort from the procedure. With proper placement, Bellafill cannot be felt after treatment. You may see immediate results in wrinkle correction and can return to your normal daily activities after the procedure. As with any injectable filler, you may experience temporary pain, swelling and reddening at the treatment site. These side effects are usually gone within a few days. Occasionally, there is transient bruising that typically disappears within 7 days. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, and increased sensitivity at injection sites. Two other rare potential side effects of all fillers may be lumps and granulomas, both of which may be treated by your doctor. Be sure to call your doctor immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area. Bellafill is FDA approved for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds or smile lines. Patients who have a positive reaction to the Bellafill skin test, a history of severe allergies, known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill. Mild swelling and redness can occur at the treatment site but generally subside after 24 hours. The safety of Bellafill for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding or in patients under 18 has not been established. Long-term safety and effectiveness of Bellafill beyond one year has not been established. For more Safety Information please consult with your physician and the patient labeling that can be found by visiting www.bellafill.com.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What is Bellafill?
A: Bellafill is a unique injectable collagen filler with microspheres that support production of the body’s own collagen for beautiful, natural-looking results that last.
Q: What are the microspheres in Bellafill made of?
A: The tiny microspheres in Bellafill are half the diameter of a human hair, so small that they are virtually invisible to the eye. The microspheres are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), one of the most widely used materials in medicine for 65 years.
Q: How does it work?
A: The collagen in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift while the microspheres create a matrix that supports collagen production in your skin over time. The microspheres are not absorbed by the body and provide a support matrix for lasting correction.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Yes. The safety profile of Bellafill is comparable to the temporary fillers you are familiar with and perhaps already using.
Q: What are granulomas?
A: Granulomas are inflammatory reactions that may occur with all fillers and can be treated. Bellafill was studied in the longest and largest filler safety study ever conducted. In this long terms safety study, the granuloma rate was 1.7% and majority had resolved or improved with treatment by the end of the study.
Q: Will it work for me?
A: In a clinical trial, Bellafill was shown to work equally well with all skin types, and in men and women. If you have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring, tell your provider.
Q: When will I see results?
A: Bellafill replaces lost volume in the skin below the wrinkle for immediate correction and lasting results.
Q: What’s the downtime?
A: You can return to normal activities right away. As with any injectable dermal filler, mild swelling and redness can occur at the treatment site that generally subside after 24 hours.
Q: How long does it last?
A: Bellafill provides a microscopic ‘matrix’ to support your body’s own natural collagen production, and ultimately strengthen the layers of the skin. This provides the support your skin needs for wrinkle correction and younger looking skin, with results that last. In clinical trials, Bellafill showed significant improvement in smile lines at 3 months and 6 months after treatment, and continued to show improvement at 12 months.
Q: Can Bellafill be used in my lips?
For full safety information, please refer to the Instructions for Use and patient label copy.