Why is Bellafill is Considered as Long Lasting Filler?
Bellafill® is an FDA approved collagen dermal filler for the correction of nasolabial folds or smile lines. Because it is an injectable collagen filler with microspheres and as a result it can continue to stimulate the collagen for a long time.
The injectable gel is comprised of 80% purified bovine collagen and 20% PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres. These microspheres stimulate the fibroblasts to produce more collagen producing natural results.
Treatment with Bellafill® is very similar to treatment with conventional injectable fillers. One of the main difference is that Bellafill® requires a skin test in the United States to identify those patients who may have an allergy to bovine collagen.
Why is Bellafill is considered as long lasting filler?
First Appointment: Your skin test. A small amount of purified bovine collagen gel is injected in the forearm to ensure you have no adverse reactions to bovine collagen and/or lidocaine.
Second appointment: Four weeks later, if there have been no adverse reactions to the initial test, you are ready for treatment. Upon injection, you will usually see an immediate improvement in lines and wrinkles. The amount of Bellafill® required will depend on the severity of the lines/wrinkles being addressed.
Third appointment: A follow-up is suggested at 4-6 weeks. This also allows you to decide if you would like to further enhance or correct the area.
What Areas are not Meant for Bellafill?
Dr. Shanthala Shivananjappa
Dr. Shanthala is a board-certified, Harvard trained anesthesiologist, assistant professor at Yale University, and staff at Massachusetts General Hospital prior to opening her cosmetic medicine clinic. Her extensive experience working with plastic surgical patients in the operating room for more than 25 years, paired with years of training in non-surgical cosmetic procedures, has enabled Dr. Shanthala to have a unique perspective on Anti-aging treatments.