Bellafill is a revolutionary facial filler that utilizes specially formulated polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres to stimulate the growth of new collagen in areas of the face that have lost volume or where aging lines have appeared.
BellaFill Permanent Face Filler
Decades ago, collagen injections revolutionized the non-surgical treatment of wrinkles, acne scars and hollowed cheeks. These collagen injections (which are now a thing of the past) simply filled in these fine lines and wrinkles and required retreatment time after time to maintain the results. Now, Bellafill has changed the rules of facial fillers. With Bellafill, patients need only one initial treatment for years of lasting results thanks to a special formulation of naturally occurring collagen and seemingly magical microspheres that allow for years of recurring, natural collagen production and stimulation. The result is a restoration of the patient’s youthful facial features. Read more about Bellafill in detail below.
Frequently Asked Questions
WHAT IS BELLAFILL USED FOR?
Bellafill can be used to treat deep smile line wrinkles, nasolabial folds, acne scars on the face/body and other deep, distensible fine lines on the face.
WHAT IS BELLAFILL?
Bellafill is a revolutionary facial filler that utilizes specially formulated polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres to stimulate the growth of new collagen in areas of the face that have lost volume or where aging lines have appeared. The filler’s special PMMA matrix helps to stimulate new natural collagen growth for several years after treatment.
WHAT DOES BELLAFILL CONSIST OF?
Two main ingredients account for Bellafill’s structure: collagen and PMMA. The collagen is 80 percent purified bovine collagen and 20 percent PMMA microspheres.
HOW DOES BELLAFILL WORK?
Bellafill is a dream come true for anyone thinking of facial fillers because it offers immediate results that last several years (in some patients a decade or more). The immediate result is provided by the collagen that adds volume to smooth away wrinkles and acne scars. The PMMA microspheres then develop into a matrix of microsphere pillars that provide a foundation for the skin to create its own natural collagen. The result is firmer, tighter, younger looking skin. The best part? Patients can expect the results from a Bellafill injection to last somewhere between five and 10 years.
IS BELLAFILL SAFE?
Yes, Bellafill underwent rigorous FDA studies and follow-up data collection, and it has been established as the only dermal filler established as safe and effective for the correction of nasolabial folds and acne scars for five or more years.
IS BELLAFILL FDA APPROVED?
Yes. Based on an extensive five year post-FDA-approval study, which included 1,008 patients, the long term health benefits and safety of Bellafill has been firmly established.
HOW MANY SYRINGES OF BELLAFILL ARE NEEDED AT INITIAL TREATMENT?
Depending on the depth of the wrinkle or fold, one to two syringes may be required. Obviously, for deeper, more aggressive lines, more filler will be required.
IS BELLAFILL TRULY A PROCEDURE WITH PERMANENT RESULTS?
Since every cell in the body is completely changed over every seven years, nothing is truly permanent. Our cells are in a state of constant flux and changing. We consider anything lasting more than five years to be “permanent.” Our experience and the studies in the medical literature have shown Bellafill benefits to last at least five years, and in many cases even longer. With our specialized injection technique and follow up program, which we call “Bellafill Chicago,” our patients expect the results to last more than five years.
WHAT DOES BELLAFILL COST?
Expect the normal fee for Bellafill to be about $500 for a half syringe and between $900-$1000 per syringe, per session.
WHERE CAN BELLAFILL BE PLACED?
Bellafill is injected painlessly with a very tiny needle and can treat any of the following areas:
- Acne scars
- Nasolabial folds
- Marionette lines
- Deep smile lines
- Temporal hollowness
WHAT IS THE GOAL OF A BELLAFILL TREATMENT?
With Bellafill, we aim to restore the youthful features and appearance of each patient’s face. Bellafill helps accomplish this goal by softening the appearance of scars, enhancing jaw definition, and volumizing the cheek and chin areas. This is all done with a filler that offers the potential of a permanent result, which is an exciting breakthrough in cosmetic medicine.
WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM BELLAFILL?
Really anyone with an aging face that has experience a loss of facial volume, has started to develop temporal hollowness and/or has developed sagging, flattened cheeks and/or chin will definitely benefit.
HOW LONG WILL A BELLAFILL TREATMENT TAKE?
Patients can expect the treatment to take anywhere between 30 and 45 minutes.
HOW SOON CAN RESULTS BE NOTICED AFTER A BELLAFILL TREATMENT?
Results will be immediately visible because of the collagen present in the filler.
HOW MANY SESSIONS OF BELLAFILL ARE RECOMMENDED FOR OPTIMAL RESULTS?
The first step in a Bellafill treatment is actually a skin test to confirm that the patient will not have an allergic reaction to the filler. If after one week the patient has not shown signs of a reaction, the actual injection then follows within 30 days of the skin test. Most patients will experience optimal results after one treatment, depending on the severity of the scars, lines or hollow areas being treated. Touch up treatments thereafter are determined by the patient’s goals and expectations.
WHAT IS THE DOWNTIME ASSOCIATED WITH A BELLAFILL TREATMENT?
There is no downtime with Bellafill. Expect to return to normal, everyday activities almost immediately following treatment.
IS THE BELLAFILL TREATMENT PAINFUL?
No, since a topical numbing anesthetic is used prior to injection, the patient feels little or no discomfort.
WHAT OTHER PROCEDURES CAN BE AT THE SAME TIME AS BELLAFILL?
Botox serves as a perfect compliment to a Bellafill treatment.
WHAT IS THE AFTER PROCEDURE CARE FOR A BELLAFILL TREATMENT?
Avoid extensive sun exposure, extreme heat and touching/manipulating the face.
WHAT SKINCARE PRODUCTS SHOULD BE USED TO OPTIMIZE RESULTS?
Solaris day, which is our moisturizing facial sunscreen, should be used every morning, while C-zone (Vitamin C) and Radiant Lift (retinol) every evening.
HOW LONG AFTER TREATMENT CAN MAKEUP BE APPLIED?
Technically makeup may be applied immediately after injection but since makeup sterility is questionable, we recommend that you wait about 24 hours after treatment for makeup application on the face.
WHEN CAN YOU GO BACK TO EXERCISING?
There’s no harm in exercising immediately after treatment, but many patients wait about a day before returning to exercise.
WILL I BE BRUISED AFTERWARDS?
Temporary bruising is possible, but it is rare. In any event, we provide small, sublingual tablets that aid in minimizing post-injection bruising.
HOW OLD DO I HAVE TO BE TO RECEIVE BELLAFILL?
All patients who receive Bellafill injections must be 21 years of age or older.
WHO SHOULD NOT HAVE BELLAFILL?
Those who are allergic to bovine products or meat. Those who had a positive reaction to the Bellafill skin test administered by our medical staff. Those who have a history of developing keloid scarring. And those women who are pregnant or breastfeeding.
WHAT ARE THE SIDE EFFECTS OF BELLAFILL?
Temporary bruising and swelling are rare but can occur. On extremely rare occasions small hard bumps, known as granulomas, can occur but are usually more palpable than visible. These granulomas form as a result of the body over producing collagen.