In late 2015, the FDA approved Bellafill, a dermal filler injectable similar in some ways to Juvederm & Restylane, but with the ability to last safely for five years. With other hyaluronic acid fillers requiring an appointment every 9-12 months, Bellafill lasts considerably longer. However, unlike those short term treatments, Bellafill is not reversible. You will also need to check if you are allergic to cow collagen ahead of the procedure, as well as lidocaine. This and any other major allergies should be addressed with your dermatologist prior to the procedure.
How does Bellafill work?
Originally approved for nasolabial folds (smile lines) and indented acne scars, Bellafill can also be used for cheeks. Bellafill is composed of 80% purified bovine collagen and 20% polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, Bellafill adds volume to the skin in order to plump up wrinkles and scars.
After Bellafill is injected in Dr. Green’s NYC based office, the collagen is absorbed over time. Most patients will notice a difference after the first treatment. The full effect takes months, where in time, the collagen tissue and blood vessels have formed around the PMMA. Most patients require two treatments.
Are there any side effects to Bellafill?
Potential side effects may include swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration in the first few days. Some patients have experienced lumps and bumps in the first few weeks overall.
Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, lumps/bumps, acne, and increased sensitivity at treatment sites (source: www.bellafill.com)
How much does Bellafill cost?
Prices depend on what your requirements are. If unsure about proceeding, one should try a short term solution such as Juvederm, as that is reversible, while Bellafill is a longer term commitment and cannot be reversed.
Bellafill before and after photos
*Disclaimer: Results may vary with each patient.
Find out more about Bellafill and book an appointment with Dr. Michele Green today or call 212 535 3088. Dr. Green is a board certified dermatologist and highly trained in various cosmetic and medical dermatology procedures. Together we can discuss all options and see if Bellafill is the right option for you.