Dermal fillers are little marvels of technology, when you get right down to it. When injected beneath a line, crease, or area of volume loss, the filler either binds with water molecules or provides other framework to push the skin back up and erase the depression.
The only problem with most dermal fillers is that they have a short attention span, doing their job for only from nine months to around a year. At that point, the body usually absorbs the filler and it’s time for another session to maintain your results.
Ah, but don’t say Bellafill® is so ephemeral. That’s like saying Tony Gwynn wasn’t one of the all-time great Padres. Bellafill® reduces the appearance of smile lines for up to five years. You read that right, five years! Bellafill® is the longest-lasting FDA-approved dermal filler.
We offer Bellafill® at Dr. Kearney’s.
What is Bellafill?
Unlike Juvederm® and Restylane®, which are made from hyaluronic acid and classified as “natural fillers,” Bellafill® is classified as a “synthetic” filler. It consists of a mix of 80 percent collagen and 20 percent polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. PMMA is a biocompatible material that has been safely used in medical implants and other devices for over 65 years.
Bellafill® targets nasolabial folds and acne scars. The FDA has verified its results on nasolabial folds for five years. It has verified Bellafill® results for treating acne scars for up to one year.
How does Bellafill do its half-decade of work?
Bellafill® works in a two-step manner. First, the collagen in the filler gets to work, followed by the PMMA microspheres. When Bellafill® is injected, the collagen immediately adds volume to the skin to lift and fill smile lines and acne scars.
Then comes the second part of its effects. As the body begins to absorb the collagen, the PMMA microspheres kick in. Once injected along with the collagen, the PMMA microspheres remain in place and they create a matrix that supports new collagen production in your skin. So, in addition to the filling aspect from the injected collagen Bellafill® also stimulates your body to create new collagen, which rejuvenates and fills the skin for years.
Does it really last that long?
The FDA has approved Bellafill® and verifies its results on nasolabial folds for five years, and on acne scars for one year. Studies show 83% patient satisfaction with Bellafill® after five years. Also, 91% of people who’ve had Bellafill® injections would recommend them to a friend.