Bellafill is an FDA-approved permanent injectable wrinkle filler that corrects nasolabial folds (smile lines), acne scars, atrophy, lip augmentation, and other wrinkles on the cheeks of patients over the age of 21 years. Bellafill is the only recognized permanent dermal filler in the U.S. that stimulates collagen growth to help maintain good facial appearance for up to five years. It is also known as Artecoll in the United States, Canada, and other parts of Europe and was approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in October 2006. The treatment has been widely used on more than 400,000 patients over the last 10 years. It can be used for both men and women.
Bellafill is a combination of synthetic microspheres PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) enhanced with bovine collagen and the local anesthetic lidocaine.
How Bellafill Works
Bellafill is injected directly beneath the affected area with an ultrafine needle that adds permanent structural support and smoothens the affected area. Bellafill consists of about 3.5% hypoallergenic bovine collagen, 20% polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), 30- to 42-micron microsphere, and 0.3% lidocaine. The synthetic microspheres PMMA are not metabolized or absorbed into the body, allowing the treatment to last for a more extended period more than other products.
Bellafill enables the body to generate its natural collagen, capsulize each microsphere, and then permanently fill in the wrinkle. As the injected collagen is absorbed slowly into the body, the newly self-produced collagen then replaces it. This steady breakdown and natural replenishment process provide Bellafill with its exceptional and lasting results.
Bellafill is more efficient than other fillers, like Juvederm Voluma, Restylane Juvederm, and Radiance. The significant difference is that the results from Bellafill last much longer. In some cases, like the treatment under the eye or lower eyelid bags, it gives much better results since Bellafill is so smooth and can be airbrushed into place with a cannula with more precision than some other fillers. The results are permanent and require surgical removal of the collagen for reversal effects. Also, sometimes only one or two treatment sessions are needed. Some patients require about three to four treatments to get the beautiful lasting correction.
Bellafill Side Effects
Patients may experience swelling, redness, sensitivity, lumps, and pain at the injection spot. There may be mild bruising that typically heals within two to seven days. The patient may also experience itching and rash not more than two days after treatment.
Who Should Not Use Bellafill?
- Patients with the positive reaction to the Bellafill skin test.
- Patients with a history of severe allergies, like bovine collagen and hypersensitivity (anaphylaxis).
- Patients who are allergic to anesthetic lidocaine.
- Patients prone to thick keloid scarring.
- Patients with a thick scar formation.
- Patients who have bleeding disorders.
The safety of Bellafill for patients under 21 years of age, pregnant women, or during breastfeeding has not been established.
An allergy skin test is required before use, and it should be administered under the supervision of a trained and licensed practitioner. Always contact your physician if you notice an unusual skin reaction.