WHAT IS BELLAFILL?
Bellafill® is the only dermal filler that stimulates collagen growth long term to help maintain your youthful appearance for up to 5 years. Now, you can look your best without wasting time and money on frequent filler injections.
HOW IT WORKS
Bellafill is an injectable filler that’s FDA approved to treat nasolabial folds. These folds, sometimes called “smile lines,” extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth. Bellafill provides instant smoothness, with long-lasting results: In the longest and largest study ever conducted on dermal fillers, Bellafill was proven to be effective through five years. That means that you can enjoy your results for much longer than you would with hyaluronic acid-based fillers.
Bellafill has 2 main components:
- Smooth collagen gel (80%) forms the base of Bellafill, creating smooth, supple volume beneath the surface of the nasolabial folds.
- Polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres (20%) are suspended within the collagen gel. These form a sturdy scaffold where your own natural collagen grows.
Thanks to its 2 innovative components, Bellafill creates instant results that you can enjoy as soon as you leave the office. As the original collagen gel fades away, your body naturally replaces it with your own collagen around the microspheres, for unparalleled long-term smoothness.
CANDIDACY & SAFETY
The best Bellafill candidates are women or men, 21 and older, who are bothered by the look of their nasolabial folds and wish to avoid the regular touch-up treatments associated with other fillers.
Bellafill is FDA approved, and both its collagen gel and its PMMA microspheres have established records of safety. PMMA is an acrylic material that’s widely used in medicine.
Bellafill is safe for skin of all types and colors. However, an allergy test is required prior to treatment to make sure prospective patients aren’t sensitive to the product.
WHAT IS FILLER FATIGUE?
Patients are demanding a longer lasting filler because of “filler fatigue.” Filler Fatigue refers to the feeling of frustration as a result of having to come back frequently in order to maintain a youthful appearance. A recent Harris Poll Survey revealed that out of the 9 million dermal filler patients in the U.S, this phenomenon is affecting 8 million patients. Many of these patients are impacted by the time, pain and cost of regular and on-going filler injections.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q. HOW LONG DOES IT LAST?
The effectiveness and patient satisfaction rates of Bellafill have been established through 5 years when used to correct nasolabial folds, and 12 months when used to correct acne scars.
Q. WHAT ARE THE MICROSPHERES IN BELLAFILL MADE OF?
The microspheres are made of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA), a biocompatible material that has been safely used in medical implants and other devices for more than 65 years.
Q. HOW DOES IT WORK?
The collagen in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift for results that you can enjoy as soon as you leave the office. Over time, the collagen is reabsorbed while the PMMA microspheres are left behind. They create a supportive base that allows more of your own collagen to develop, resulting in smoother-looking skin in the long term.
Q. WILL IT WORK FOR ME?
In a clinical trial, Bellafill was shown to work equally well on both male and female patients with a variety of skin types. If you have a history of severe allergies, have a known allergy to bovine collagen, are allergic to lidocaine, have a bleeding disorder, or are prone to thick or excessive scar formation, let your doctor know prior to your treatment.
Q. IS IT SAFE?
Bellafill has been proven safe through 5 years in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever completed. In short, yes!
Q. WHAT’S THE DOWNTIME?
You can return to your normal activities right away. However, you may experience some temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps or bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. Keep in mind that these symptoms are usually temporary, resolving within 1 to 7 days.
Q. WHERE AND HOW IS BELLAFILL AVAILABLE FOR PURCHASE?
Bellafill is only available through physicians.
Q. WHEN WILL I SEE RESULTS?
Bellafill replaces lost volume in the skin below the indentation for correction that is both immediate and lasting.
Q. WHO CAN RECEIVE TREATMENT WITH BELLAFILL?
To be eligible for Bellafill, patients must be 21 or older and receive the required skin test prior to treatment. In clinical studies, Bellafill was shown to work in both men and women with a variety of skin types. If you have a history of severe allergies, are allergic to bovine collagen, are allergic to lidocaine, have a bleeding disorder, or are prone to irregular scarring, let your doctor know prior to your treatment. For a full list of contraindications, contact your doctor or check out our Instructions for Use.
Q. HOW MUCH DOES BELLAFILL COST?
The cost of Bellafill varies depending on how many syringes your doctor recommends. During your consultation, your doctor can personalize a treatment plan that fits your budget and time.
Q. HOW LONG HAS BELLAFILL BEEN AVAILABLE IN THE U.S.?
Bellafill was approved by the FDA to treat nasolabial folds in October 2006, under the trade name ArteFill®. In December 2015, Bellafill was approved by the FDA for the correction of certain types of moderate to severe acne scars in patients over 21.