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If you are looking wrinkle correction that will withstand the test of time without surgery, Bellafill dermal filler may be a choice worth considering. This injectable filler can be used to address a variety of aging concerns and skin imperfection on the face, with results that last many years instead of many months. Dr. Mashhadian offers Bellafill treatments as a part of his injectable repertoire to provide his patients ample choices in achieving their aesthetic goals.
What is Bellafill?
Bellafill, formerly referred to as Artecol in Europe and Artefill in the United States, was approved by the FDA in 2006 for the reduction of nasolabial folds. These creases that are also known as smile lines extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth and can become quite ingrained in the skin. It is injected just under the skin’s surface, where it provides support the skin needs to erase lines and creases and produce a more youthful appearance.
Bellafill is created from bovine collagen that contains polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA. The bovine collagen provides immediate support in the dermal structure, providing you with a smoother look that you can see right away. At the same time, the PMMA microspheres are non-absorbable, creating a type of matrix in the underlying dermal layers that your body’s natural collagen can adhere to as it is produced. The non-absorbable nature of the microspheres allows the positive results of your Bellafill injections to last much longer than other dermal fillers available today.
The primary difference between Bellafill and other injectable treatments is the longevity of this filler. Most dermal fillers must be repeated every few months to maintain the results, which can be both costly and inconvenient. With Bellafill, since the microspheres in the formulation are not absorbed by the body, a single treatment may last for up to five years. You will even see subtle improvements in your results during the months following treatment, as your body’s natural collagen production kicks in to provide additional support to the dermal structure.
What does it treat?
Dr. Mashhadian may recommend Bellafill injections for the following concerns:
- Nasolabial folds – This was the original purpose for Bellafill, and it continues to be one of the most effective ways to smooth out smile lines to create a more youthful appearance.
- Acne scars – Acne can be a disfiguring condition that leaves scarring behind even after the breakouts stop. Bellafill is an excellent solution for shallow acne scarring, creating a smoother skin surface that you can enjoy for an extended period before needing a touch-up procedure.
- Imperfections to the nose – Asymmetries and dissatisfaction with the nasal profile or tip can also be addressed with Bellafill in some cases. Known as a nonsurgical rhinoplasty, Dr. Mashhadian has perfected this procedure to produce beautifully natural, long-lasting results.
- Lack of definition to the cheeks – If you are looking to add volume and contour to the cheekbones to create a more youthful appearance, Bellafill may offer you the enhancement you want with results that will endure longer than other dermal fillers commonly used for this purpose.
Procedure and Recovery
Patients undergoing Bellafill injections for the first time will need to have an initial collagen skin test to ensure there are no allergic reactions to the bovine collagen. If the skin test goes well, we can proceed with your Bellafill treatment, which only takes a few minutes to complete. Because Bellafill contains an anesthetic, you should not feel much – if any – discomfort during your injections.
You will be able to continue your daily routine right away since this procedure does not require any downtime. You may experience mild swelling or redness around the injection sites after your treatment, but these side effects are likely to improve within a few days. Other complications are extremely rare. For example, a tiny percentage of patients may notice some lumps and bumps after their Bellafill injections, but these usually resolve on their own.
Results that Last for Years
Because of the collagen in the Bellafill mix, you may see positive results with your treatment the same day as your session. Some patients may decide to have a second set of Bellafill injections about six weeks after the first to enhance their positive results. Once those results are achieved, they will last a very long time. Studies have shown a high patient satisfaction rate even five years after treatment in many cases.
Bellafill is a unique dermal filler that can provide you with a long-lasting boost to your confidence in your appearance. If you are ready to give this treatment a try, contact Rodeo Surgical Art today at 310-652- 4500 to schedule your consultation with Dr. Mashhadian and find out if you are a good candidate. Our office is conveniently located on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills.