Bellafill® in Scottsboro, AL
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“After turning 59 this year, I knew I had to do something about my face. I did quite a bit of research before deciding on Dr. Bigelow and Bellafill. I didn’t want a facelift, because it was just too invasive. Bellafill is a permanent filler which supports production of your body’s own collagen for lasting [...]
Bellafill® is the injectable filler that offers natural looking correction. Primarily it is used to treat areas on or around the face and eye, as well as wrinkle treatment to any area. The difference between Bellafill® and temporary fillers is that your body absorbs temporary fillers eventually and also requires injections on a frequent basis to maintain the results that you are looking for, but Bellafill® possesses unique microspheres that are not absorbed by your body. Moreover, it provides natural looking results and that’s what makes it exceptional filler for the skin.
How Does Bellafill® Work?
Bellafill® is natural looking and FDA-approved injectable filler that comprises of PMMA microspheres and collagen. It helps in replacing collagen from the face as well as restructures the skin to deliver natural looking, and noticeable results. Bellafill® provides instant results because of collagen, which is eventually absorbed by the body. The PMMA microspheres work for wrinkle correction through the creation of a support matrix for the natural collagen of the body.
When Bellafill® is injected, the collagen present in the injection visibly and immediately reduces the wrinkles, whereas the microspheres support your skin throughout the process. The collagen that is present naturally in our body works together with the microspheres to provide natural feeling and natural looking wrinkle reduction.
Use of MicroCannulas for Injection of Fillers and Collagen Stimulators
Until the past few years, facial wrinkles and depressions were primarily treated using superficial fillers injected under the skin using sharp needles. Today, we are more focused on restoring facial volume and youthful contours by using more robust fillers and collagen stimulators. We are placing these products using a deeper volumizing approach. The goal is to restore the natural features of face, without the “overdone” appearance that that overfilling of nasolabial folds that makes the face look and doesn’t result in a more youthful face. Look at the face before and after nasolabial folds and ask yourself Yes, the nasolabial folds are not as deep as they were before treatment but looking at the patient’s overall appearance “does the face look younger”. If you cannot say “yes” to that question, then you are not seeing the results of an artistic injector. The face must be looked at and evaluated as a whole and then each area should be assessed. This assessment considers the overall facial appearance, the areas of irregular contours, the areas of volume loss, the sagging areas, the depressed areas, and the wrinkles.
Since we are now restoring the contours all over the face and treating the face as a whole, multiple injections and entry points through the skin with a sharp needle is not practical and is not ideal. By using cannulas, each area is treated from a single insertion sight. Depending on the degree of correction needed, the complete face can be treated with only a few insertion sites on each side of the face. These cannulas have a blunt tip and are flexible so can be moved over curves of the face. The face is numbed with topical cream, a tiny needle is used to place a small whelp of numbing medicine just under the skin, an opening the size of the cannula is made using a standard needle, then the cannula is passed through this entry point, and the cannula can be passed in multiple directions so that the entire face can be filled through only a few entry points. The use of cannulas decrease the risk of hematomas and decrease the discomfort with injections. In most cases, there is virtually no bruising. MicroCannulas can be used to fill the face, the neck, the chest, and the hands for both men and women.
Recently, Bellafill® has been approved by the U.S. FDA (Food and Drug Administration) for acne scar treatment. This dermal filler represents a noticeable clinical advancement as the only filler available on the market for treating the scars of acne. No, doubt, acne is the most common skin condition that affects every second person all over the world and around 95% of the people who are going through this condition suffer from acne scars. ref: acne.org
Bellafill® has been deeply studied and has proven to be effective and safe for the correction of severe to moderate, distensible and atrophic acne scars on face in patients above the age of 21 years.
What to Expect
Bellafill® is injected with microcannulas which are the latest revolution in injection techniques!
Using a technique known as skin sculpting, we will literally slide the microcannula under your skin so that the filler can be applied with practically no pain or bruising for the patient.
There is typically a low incidence of side effects with Bellafill®, but expect redness after treatment, mild swelling and mild discomfort 24 hours after treatment.
Why Use Bellafill®?
Provides noticeable results.
Make your skin look and feel natural.
One time investment in 5-10 years, thus it is economical.
Smart, safe and effective.
Is it safe?
Bellafill® is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, have bleeding disorders or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill®. The safety of Bellafill® for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or in patients under 21 has not been established. You may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually transient and typically resolve within 1–7 days. You may experience lumps/bumps/papules that may occur more than one month after injection and that may persist. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, lumps/bumps, acne, and increased sensitivity at treatment sites. Infrequently, granulomas may occur and may be treated by Dr. Pierone. Based on the 5-year Post-Approval Study on nasolabial folds with 1,008 patients, long-term safety of Bellafill® for up to 5 years has been established.(2)
Will it work for me?
In a clinical trial, Bellafill® was shown to work equally well with all skin types, and in men and women. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, have bleeding disorders or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill®.
When will I see results?
Bellafill® replaces lost volume in the skin below the wrinkle for correction that is noticeable and lasting.(2)
What's the downtime?
You can return to normal activities right away. As with any injectable dermal filler, you may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually transient and typically resolve within 1-7 days.
How long does it last?
The PMMA microspheres provide a microscopic ‘matrix’ to support your body’s own natural collagen production and re-create the firm structure of younger-looking skin for lasting correction, proven effective through 5 years(2). This number is potentially much higher but has not been tested in long duration clinical trials.
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