While Bellafill has been around to treat nasolabial folds since 2006, under the previous name of Artefill, it has recently come back into the conversation due to a new FDA approval for reduction of acne scars. With this FDA approval, Bellafill became the first and only dermal filler approved for treatment of certain types of acne scars! This is exciting news for the millions of men and women who suffer from scars as a result of severe acne outbreaks. We at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology take pride in offering the largest selection of acne treatment methods available, and we are happy to add Bellafill to our roster of options.
What Can Bellafill Do For Me?
In addition to helping reduce the appearance of acne scars, Bellafill can also help treat nasolabial folds, otherwise known as smile lines. Bellafill is one of the longest lasting treatments for nasolabial folds, in fact, with FDA approval for results that last up to 5 years. It accomplishes this through a unique formula comprised of collagen and PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres. PMMA is a biocompatible material that has long been used in medical implants, and is safe for use under the skin.
Through this combination of collagen and PMMA microspheres, Bellafill can provide both immediate and long-lasting results. The collagen allows for immediate plumping of the skin, while the microspheres provide a base structure that stimulates the body to produce its own collagen over time.
Can Bellafill Treat All Acne Scars?
Bellafill works best on moderate to severe atrophic, distensible acne scars. These are the kind of scars that can flatten and disappear when stretched manually. Other types of acne scars may require a different approach, such as laser therapy or chemical peels. If you have a combination of different types of acne scars, a combination treatment approach may be best. During your consultation, our doctors will examine your scarring and discuss your options in order to come up with the best treatment plan for your individual case.
Is Bellafill Safe?
Bellafill has been proven safe and effective through clinical trials. However, it does require a skin test before treatment to make sure that you are not allergic to any of the ingredients. Bellafill contains both lidocaine and bovine collagen, which may provoke allergies. Side effects can include redness, swelling, bruising, itching, or discoloration at the injection site, which generally fade on their own within one to seven days.
Bellafill is a great option for long-term reduction of smile lines as well as for treating acne scars. If you are looking for a long-lasting solution that is quick and virtually painless, ask our dermatologists about trying Bellafill!
Schedule a Bellafill Consultation Today
To learn more about Bellafill and how it can help you, contact the expert dermatologists at Cosmetic Laser Dermatology in San Diego today. To find out more information and to make your appointment, call 858.771.9636 now!