Bellafill is a dermal filler that stimulates collagen production to help you maintain a youthful appearance, smooth smile lines and fill areas with lost volume. Dermal fillers used for adding volume, like Juvederm, produce wonderful results but last for only about 18 months.
Bellafill is the only FDA approved filler that is safe and effective for up to 5 years.
What is Bellafill made of?
Bellafill is made of a substance called polymethyl methacrylate or PMMA. Bellafill contains tiny microspheres of PMMA in a base of collagen gel. It also contains lidocaine for comfort during and after injection. A 5 year FDA study showed that Bellafill is safe, and has a high satisfaction rate.
What are the benefits of Bellafill?
Bellafill is used for the following reasons:
- to fill in hollow cheeks, temples and under eye hollows
- correct smile lines
- enhance the chin, and forehead
- correct acne scars
The collagen provides immediate results, instantly adding volume to treated areas, and the microspheres support the natural production of collagen over time. Bellafill is also approved to treat acne scars. Results are immediate but only last for one year. If you’re concerned about any of the issues listed above, schedule a cosmetic consultation with Dr. Carl Powell at our office in Cardiff, San Diego.
Who is a good candidate for Bellafill?
Men and woman in San Diego seeking more volume for a more youthful appearance are good candidates for Bellafill. Because Bellafill is so long-lasting, it may be a great option for patients who have had hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers, and like the look, but are tired of redoing these fillers every 6-12 months. HA fillers dissolve over time.
For patients of Powell Cosmetic Surgery who have never had dermal fillers, Dr. Powell may recommend that you try HA fillers first to determine whether you like the look. Bellafill does not dissolve and cannot be removed, so it is important to see if you like the results of HA fillers before choosing Bellafill. Dr. Carl Powell is focused on providing natural results.
The Bellafill procedure
Before use of Bellafill, Dr. Powell recommends allergy testing because some of the materials in Bellafill can cause an allergic reaction in some people. Bellafill is not a good option for people who experience redness, itching and swelling the test site.
The Bellafill injection technique is different than injection of other dermal fillers. Bellafill must be injected deep into the skin, and should be injected only by board-certified cosmetic surgeons, because the vast majority of problems are related to improper injection technique.
Expert injectors like Dr. Carl Powell at Powell Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego, understand how to use this product to produce the beautifying results you seek.
Are there any side effects of Bellafill?
There may be some swelling and bruising, possible tenderness and pain that can last about 24 hours. One rare side effect is the development of hard nodules (granulomas) under the skin. With expert injection technique, less than 1% of patients may develop these granulomas after five years. And these can be treated if needed.
In the hands of an expert injector, like Dr. Carl Powell, injections of dermal fillers, including Bellafill, commonly produce symmetrical, subtle and natural looking results. And the vast majority of his patients are delighted with their results.
When considering dermal fillers, think Powell Cosmetic Surgery in San Diego, to receive expert treatment.