What is Bellafill?
Bellafill is a soft tissue filler that contains polymethylmethacrylate (PMMa) microspheres. PMMA is a material used in medicine for many years, so its safety has been well documented. The tiny microspheres are not visible to the human eye, but are extremely efficient in providing support to the underlying skin structure that virtually smoothes away wrinkles from the inside out.
Bellafill also contains collagen, which offers results immediately after treatment. Microspheres remain after the initial collagen is absorbed, stimulating the body to produce more collagen for long-lasting results. Collagen is the substance found in skin tissue that provides a smoother, more youthful look to the skin’s surface. Over time, our bodies produce less collagen, leading to thinning, sagging skin and the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. By restoring collagen levels, we can effectively produce a younger appearance.
Any special considerations?
The FDA does recommend physicians do collagen skin testing as the product is bovine in origin. After placing the test dose on the forearm, most practitioners wait approximately 1 month to rule out outlying allergic reactions. Due to recent purification processes, the risk is less than 1% for possible reactions.
Who Should Have Bellafill Treatments?
Bellafill is an effective filler treatment for both men and women with nearly all skin types and tones. The amount injected into the treatment area can be customized to the unique needs of each individual patient. Those with known allergies to bovine collagen or lidocaine, or have a history of thick scarring may not be able to use Bellafill. The formula is primarily used to address wrinkles caused by gravity and loss of volume, such as nasolabial folds, smile lines and marionette creases.
How does it Work?
Bellafill is administered by injection using a fine needle that causes little discomfort. Lidocaine in the formula also adds to your comfort during and after the procedure. Most Bellafill treatments take 30-45 minutes to complete, depending on the size of the treatment area and the number of syringes needed.
What is Recovery Like?
There is no recovery after a Bellafill treatment – patients may return to work and regular activities right away. Some patients may experience mild redness or swelling around the injection sites, which subsides within a few hours after the procedure. There is rarely much discomfort during or after treatment.
What Kind of Results can I Expect?
Initial results can be seen as soon as the procedure is finished. You will notice your skin is visibly smoother and facial creases are less obvious. Over time, your results will continue to improve as the formula stimulates your body’s own collagen production. Some patients find their Bellafill results last for many months, or even years, before any type of touch-up treatment is required.
Bellafill is a minimally-invasive, long-lasting way to achieve a more youthful look. The formula effectively restores facial volume while virtually eliminating the appearance of some wrinkles. The procedure is quick and nearly painless, with no downtime involved. To learn more about this revolutionary dermal filler, contact JPO Aesthetics at 424-652-6576 today.