Bellafill® is a dermal filler known for its long-lasting performance in reducing the appearance of wrinkles and pitted acne scars. It’s approved by Health Canada as a cosmetic volumizer. Unlike short-term fillers, patients who undergo Bellafill® injections experience satisfying results for at least 5 years, and sometimes longer. This means the treatment requires less frequent visits for touch ups. The product also gives immediate results, and continues working after being injected in the skin.
Bellafill® is one of multiple dermal fillers and anti-aging solutions we offer at our medical spa in Surrey (outside Vancouver). To find out if Bellafill® is the right fit for you case, we recommend booking a consultation with us. This is because wrinkles and acne scars can be treated in more than one way. By sitting down with you in person, we’ll be able to assess your condition, and make recommendations for a suitable treatment plan.
What is there to love about this long-lasting dermal filler?
Bellafill® is a skin volumizer that isn’t metabolized (absorbed) by the body. So, once injected, it stays in place for a long time. The initial collagen ‘boost’ of this product does wear down, but it leaves behind remnants that help your body produce its own collagen over time.
Compared to other dermal fillers used to smooth the skin, the payoff of Bellafill® is quite high. It requires less frequent ‘refill’ sessions to achieve a youthful, radiant look on the face. You can enjoy the results of your treatment for years before needing touch ups.
The process of injecting Bellafill® into the face is also quick, and relatively painless. It comes with its own anaesthetic to help reduce discomfort.
Bellafill® is a great solution for anti-aging treatments that don’t require surgery, such as invasive facelifts.
What can the Bellafill® skin volumizer be used for?
Bellafill® can be used subdermally on both men and women, and multiple skin tones and types, for the following:
- Laugh lines around the nose and mouth (nasolabial folds)
- Under-eye circles
- Cheek and jawline contouring
- Chin creases (dimples)
- Hollowed scars from any deep cut or injury
- Pitted acne scars (including ice pick scars, tethered scars, rolling scars, boxcar scars and atrophic scars), especially those that can’t be treated with laser resurfacing
- Nose shaping
However, please note there are also other medi-cosmetic solutions to wrinkles and acne scars. These can be other fillers or technologies, such as lasers. The best way to find out what can treat your condition is to come in for a consultation at our clinic. We’ll be able to let you know our recommendation of a treatment path for your case.
Please note that Bellafill® can’t be used on the lips. If you’d like a solution for fuller lips, we can make recommendations!
You must be at least 21 years old to receive a Bellafill® treatment.
How does Bellafill® work for smoothing wrinkles, and acne scars?
Bellafill® contains what are called, “polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres.” They go inside of a collagen solution, and are injected via a syringe (needle) into the skin. As the collagen solution dissipates, the tiny PMMA microspheres stay in the dermal layer of the skin where they’ve been placed. Over time, your body builds on the PMMA by producing its own collagen. Thus, your skin gets a long-term platform to lift its creases and wrinkles. This all happens at a cellular-sized level (the PMMA microspheres are between 30 to 50 microns).
As we age, we naturally lose fat volume in our face. This is what starts the wrinkling process. Bellafill® ads to your skin’s volume, and then helps it build volume on top of that, using the “biostimulant” of PMMA.
Bellafill® has been exhaustively studied for safety as a cosmetic skin volumizer. The main ingredient, PMMA, is commonly used as synthetic body implantation. It has been in existence for over 65 years. Originally it was used as bone cement. Bellafill® is also approved by Health Canada, and the FDA in the United States.
The most important thing about getting results from Bellafill® (or any dermal filler), is the application. Injections should only be performed by a qualified, and experienced, physician. Since Bellafill® is so long-lasting, using the wrong amounts of it can cause an unnatural look, which can be hard to reverse. At our skincare clinic, Dr. Shah carefully doses our dermal fillers evenly around the treatment area. He knows the right spots to inject, as well as when to stop, so he is not ‘overdoing it.’ He has worked on hundreds of dermal filler patients for over 5 years, and is thus very experienced when injecting Bellafill® and other volumizers.
During the treatment, no anaesthetic is required beyond the lidocaine that is already in the pre-made, branded syringes, which we get directly from the Bellafill® company (Suneva Medical).
The number of syringes that need to be injected into your skin will depend on the condition being treated. The best way to get an estimate of the length of the session is to come in for a consultation at our clinic.
How many treatments does Bellafill® require to see results?
For each area treated for wrinkles, Bellafill® injections can last 5 years or longer, with the possibility that you’ll need minor, maintenance treatments in between, especially in the first year.
For acne scars, they can last at least 1 year. Top-up sessions for spot treatments may be needed after the first treatment. This will be based on the individual, and how well they respond to the first treatment. Some patients come in after 6 months to build on the initial foundation, and others after 3 to 4 years. So the span is wide.
Results for any Bellafill® are immediate, and the solution continues to work over time. The idea is to form a foundation on the first injection, and then merely build upon it over time. The more the foundation is built upon, the less frequently you’ll need to come in for additional treatments, to see results.
That said, most patients who opt for this cosmetic filler don’t have to come in very often to experience results.
In a 5-year study, 85% of patients were still satisfied with the outcomes of their Bellafill® treatment.
Is there downtime with Bellafill® injections? What about side effects?
There isn’t very much downtime with Bellafill®. At most, you may experience some swelling, bruising or lumps in the area that has been treated. These should clear up in about a week. You should not rub your face if you experience any itching or tenderness. If you do experience these side effects, we would ask that you come in to our office before trying to manipulate the injection area.
That all said, you should be able to resume all your normal activity immediately after leaving your treatment session.
If you have allergies, or are prone to scarring and bruising, you should not undergo a Bellafill® treatment. It will be important to reveal your entire health history to us during your initial consultation. This is so we can ensure the product, and procedure, is safe for you.
We also recommend not taking any blood thinners, such as pain killers, before and after treatment, to avoid bruising.
Further instructions and explanations about this product will be given to you before your first treatment session.
You must be at least 21 for a Bellafill® treatment.
What is the cost of cosmetic treatments with Bellafill® at your skin clinic?
The number of vials needed for each Bellafill® treatment will vary depending on the person, and the condition being treated. So, we can not give an exact cost without having you come in for an assessment first.
We can tell you that our pricing for Bellafill® injections start at $800, and this can be based on package-rates for multiple treatments. It includes expertise, supplies and the product cost itself.
Our prices can change without notice.
We encourage you to book an appointment at our clinic for an initial consultation. We will be able to answer all your questions, and give you an estimate of what with think your treatment plan will cost. In this case, we are unable to even give a general price range, since the treatments with Bellafill® are so case-specific.