Acne is a medical issue that many people struggle with on a regular basis. Not only can acne leave an individual feeling less self-confident about their appearance, but for some the condition can leave residual scarring, which makes the problem worse. The good news is that in many cases, not only is the acne itself treatable, but the post-scarring issues can also be treated. Acne can cause different types of scars. Some of the more commonly seen variations are known as Ice-pick, Rolling, Boxcar, Keloid and Hypertrophic scars. Depending on the type of scars that you have, the treatment recommended will be tailored specifically to that form of acne scarring.
Bellafill® is a type of dermal filler, approved by the FDA for treatment of nasolabial folds, moderate to severe scarring and atrophic acne scars for male and female patients over 21. In other words, scarring that has removed collagen from the skin, leaving pits and indents within the skin. On the other hand, if you have acne scars that have created raised bumps on the skin, Bellafill might not be the right treatment for you.
What is Bellafill?
Bellafill is a collagen-based filler that contains Polymethyl Methacrylate Microspheres (PMMA), a material used often in scar treatment. The dermal filler injection adds instant volume to the skin, helping to reduce the appearance of the acne scar. Bellafill is different to other dermal fillers in that the results from the filler do not fade quickly over time as do some other fillers (outside of the natural aging process a person undergoes) and therefore the treatment can last up to five years. In cases for acne scar treatment, you may need a “touch up” treatment after one month. The average patient will receive two treatments, but this varies based on each case. In addition, results may be seen immediately after the first treatment, and additional improvements will likely occur over time, since Bellafill is designed to aid the body’s natural collagen production.
Source: Bellafill.com / *Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
It should be noted that with this extended duration it means that once Bellafill has been undergone then it cannot be reversed. To ensure that the Bellafill treatment is as successful as it can be, it is important for the patient to be tested a month prior to the treatment to ensure that they are not allergic to any of the key ingredients within Bellafill. For some individuals who are allergic to certain types of collagen such as bovine collagen, or are allergic to lidocaine, then unfortunately Bellafill may likely not be a suitable treatment.
After treatment, you can resume daily activities. Some patients do experience minor swelling and redness in the area treated. Most symptoms resolve within the first few days.
In all cases, NYC based Board Certified Dermatologist Dr. Michele Green can help you pick a procedure to suit your own individual needs. Find out more and contact us online or call us at 212-535-3088 to arrange an appointment.