Most of the facial fillers we use at our Washington, D.C., practice restore volume using a gel made of a substance that the body gradually absorbs. Bellafill is different because it actually stimulates the long-term growth of collagen–an essential element of smooth, elastic skin–and is approved by the FDA to last up to 5 years.
What is Bellafill?
Unlike many other fillers made with hyaluronic acid, Bellafill is a smooth gel in which tiny microspheres are suspended in collagen. While the injected collagen works immediately to reduce small wrinkles such as “smile lines,” the microspheres gradually create a scaffold onto which new collagen produced by the body builds up. This collagen foundation adds volume to soften wrinkles.
The substance used to make the microspheres — polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) — is considered a semi-permanent filler and can be used both to treat wrinkles, nasolabial folds and acne scars. PMMA is a biocompatible material that has been safely used in medical implants and other devices for more than 65 years. In addition to collagen and PMMA, Bellafill also includes the local anesthetic lidocaine to help minimize discomfort during the injections.
A Filler for Women and Men
Because Bellafill is approved to last for up to 5 years, patients don’t need to return for maintenance treatments as they do with most fillers that last 6 to 18 months. That makes the idea of getting fillers more attractive to both women and men. Additionally, men who are self-conscious about acne scars can also benefit from Bellafill injections. Whether you’re a woman or man, all patients getting Bellafill for the first time must be tested to make you’re not allergic to the filler.
Frequently Asked Questions
How much does Bellafill cost?
The cost of all filler injections varies depending on the individual patient’s specific concerns and cosmetic goals. We’ll create a customized treatment plan after the consultation and provide you with a specific price quote.
Are there side effects?
The most common reaction to Bellafill injections includes temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps or bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. Keep in mind that these symptoms typically resolved on their own within 1 to 7 days. Most patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after being treated with Bellafill.
How long has Bellafill been available?
Even though the name Bellafill might not sound familiar, the treatment was first approved in 2006 by the FDA to treat wrinkles under a different name. After being renamed Bellafill, the FDA approved it to treat acne scars.