What is BellaFill®?
Our seasoned dermal filler clients are always in seek of a longer-lasting product. BellaFill® is the only dermal filler with data to support longevity up to five years. BellaFill® is the first permanent injectable approved in 2006 by the FDA for nasolabial folds. It consists of cleaned microspheres of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) suspended in bovine collagen. A five-year follow-up study in U.S. clinical trial patients has shown the same wrinkle improvement as seen at six months post-injection.
The best candidates for treatment with BellaFill® are patients with well-defined wrinkle lines, furrows and little excess skin, whereas patients with extremely thin and loose skin are poor candidates for BellaFill®. (Aesthetic Plast Surg. Jun 2010; 34(3): 273–286.)
BellaFill® is not only a great product to treat wrinkles and heavy folds but it is also effective in correcting acne scars or scarring as a result of trauma.
BellaFill® is injected comfortably with the use of our cannula technique, very little bruising is expected and cosmetics may be applied immediately after injection. Massage is not recommended to the injected areas.
If you are considering introducing BellaFill® into the treatment plan for a client, a skin test is necessary to identify sensitivity to bovine collagen. The skin test is a simple injection performed at our office into the inner forearm, very similar to the techniques used for a TB test. The likelihood of a positive allergic reaction is less than 1 percent.
BellaFill® is not indicated for patients with history of allergy to bovine collagen, collagen implants, hemostatic sponges, and collagen based sutures.
BellaFill® would not be considered for patients who have a history of anaphylaxis, severe multiple allergies, known hypersensitivity to lidocaine, or patients planning to undergo desensitization injections to meat products.
We have found that, with proper patient selection, BellaFill® is a very useful tool in our anti-aging arsenal.
Dr. Cawthon performs all of our dermal filler injections. To schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss Artefill® – or any other facial rejuvenation procedure, please call 334-834-7221 or fill out our contact form and someone will contact you. You should also read our Dermal Filler Info Sheet PDF (PDF).