Bellafill Injections – Benefits, Cost & Side Effects
Bellafill is an improved version of Artecoll, which has been used in
Europe and Canada on more than 400,000 patients during the past 10
years. Bellafill was FDA approved in October 2006 for the treatment of
nasolabial folds (smile lines) and has also been used off-label for lip
augmentation, acne scars, and other wrinkles. It is the only "permanent"
dermal filler approved in the U.S.
Bellafill is a gel filler consisting of millions of synthetic
microspheres (polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA) suspended in purified
bovine (cow) collagen. Bellafill also contains the local anesthetic
lidocaine to reduce discomfort during injection.
How Bellafill Works
Bellafill is injected directly beneath the skin to add a permanent
support structure and smoothen and increase volume to the area. The synthetic PMMA microspheres
in Bellafill are "non-resorbable," which means they are not absorbed
into the body or metabolized, allowing Bellafill to last significantly
longer than other injectable fillers. The microspheres stimulate the
body to generate its own natural collagen to encapsulate each individual
microsphere, resulting in 80% of the patient's collagen and 20%
microspheres (by volume) to permanently fill in the area treated.
As the injected bovine collagen is slowly absorbed during a few
weeks, the newly generated collagen replaces it. This slow breakdown and
natural replenishment process provides Bellafill with its unique and
Best Candidates for Bellafill
Men and women of any age may receive Bellafill treatment. Ideal
candidates have already tried temporary injections, are injection- and
credit card-fatigued, and are sure they want a permanent result.
Bellafill is not given to people with allergies to bovine collagen or
with chronic skin infections. And it is not recommended for areas of
thinner skin (such as crow's feet around the eyes).
Fifteen days before treatment, you will need to have a simple
allergy skin test for sensitivity to bovine collagen. Bellafill treatment
usually requires only 15-20 minutes, but two treatment sessions may be
necessary to achieve full wrinkle correction. The treatments are
typically performed three months apart. Before receiving Bellafill,
you may first try a temporary filler to confirm your desired result.
Side Effects with Bellafill
Side effects from Bellafill are rare but may include redness,
swelling, lumpiness, pain, or sensitivity at the injection site. Some
patients may feel a slight firmness after injection, which usually
resolves over time.
Cost of Bellafill
Bellafill is priced per syringe. Please call The Center for Plastic Surgery at (859)263-8083 for pricing or schedule an appointment