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Bellafill San Francisco

Bellafill is one of the newest generations of dermal fillers, injectable treatments used to smooth away facial lines and other imperfections from the inside out. These formulations are delivered into the underlying dermal structure where they can provide support that is often lost through the natural aging process. The unique makeup of Bellafill gives this product a few advantages over other types of dermal fillers for the right patient. If you want a durable way to reverse signs of aging and smooth your complexion without surgery, Bellafill might be a good choice for you.

Unique Filler with Long-Lasting Results

The formulation in Bellafill is different from other dermal fillers, allowing this product to work differently from its counterparts. Bellafill is comprised of a collagen gel designed to provide immediate smoothing when injected into the treatment area. Collagen is a protein the body produces for a variety of functions, including the ability to give skin its smooth, supple texture. Our bodies lose collagen as we age, resulting in loose skin and the formation of wrinkles. When collagen levels are restored, signs of aging like facial creases are reduced as well.

The second ingredient in Bellafill is polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA. This substance has been used for a variety of medical purposes since 1949. Tiny microspheres of PMMA are used in the Bellafill formulation, producing smooth results while keeping the matrix intact so that lines and creases do not return. Unlike the ingredients contained in other dermal fillers, this substance does not get reabsorbed by the body, causing your positive results to disappear over time.

Look Great Now, Look Great Later

One of the most considerable advantages of Bellafill is its ability to enhance your appearance both in the short and long term. The collagen gel, which is a bovine collagen, provides instant support for improvement you can see almost right after your procedure. These results will last for an extended period before the collagen is gradually reabsorbed by the body.

At that point, the PMMA microspheres have created a type of scaffolding in the underlying dermal structure, while promoting natural collagen production by the body. This structural support is permanent, giving you a more youthful appearance for many years. Bellafill is the only dermal filler to date that offers the benefit of both immediate and lasting improvement in your appearance.

Where can Bellafill be used?

Bellafill has been approved by the FDA for two distinct treatment areas:

Nasolabial Folds

The deep creases that form from the nose to the corners of the mouth are known as smile lines or nasolabial folds. These lines develop as a result of collagen loss and tend to become more prominent over time. While other fillers can be used to diminish the appearance of smile lines, the results are only temporary at best. Bellafill offers sufficient support to smooth away these creases, with results that are permanent.

Acne Scars

Long after the acne breakouts finally stop, you may be left with residual scarring that serves as a constant reminder of the condition you struggled with in your younger years. This type of scarring is caused in part by inflammation, which can interfere with the healing process by diminishing the amount of collagen in the dermal structure. The combination of inflammation and collagen depletion leads to the shallow pitting that characterizes much of the acne scarring that makes people feel self-conscious about their appearance. Bellafill offers the ability to smooth away that shallow scarring both immediately with the infusion of a collagen gel and by stimulating additional collagen production by the body over the long term.

Procedure Basics

Before you undergo your Bellafill treatment, an allergy test may be performed to ensure you don’t have a reaction to the bovine collagen in the formula. This is typically done via a small pinprick in the arm, which allows for the delivery of a small amount of the Bellafill solution. Allergy testing is always done at a separate appointment prior to your Bellafill treatment, allowing for sufficient time to ensure no reaction occurs. It should be noted that allergic reactions are a very rare occurrence.

The Bellafill formulation contains lidocaine to make the deeper injections required to achieve the best results more comfortable for the patient. In some cases, a catheter may also be used to deliver the Bellafill medication to provide sufficient filler with less risk of bruising. Bellafill treatments tend to take a bit longer than other types of dermal fillers, with most patients spending 45 minutes to one hour in our office before your treatment is completed.

Possible Side Effects and Recovery

The side effects of Bellafill are relatively minimal, with some patients experiencing mild pain and bruising after their injections. Most can return to their regular activities right away since side effects are not usually severe enough to keep them from their daily routines. In clinical studies, the side effects associated with Bellafill are relatively mild compared with what might be experienced with some other types of fillers.

The Importance of Experience

Like other injectable treatments, choosing the right provider for your Bellafill procedure will make a big difference in the safety of your procedures and your results. Dr. Maas is experienced in a wide range of injectable treatments, including Bellafill and will strategically place your injections to achieve the best possible results. Whether he uses Bellafill alone or combines this procedure with other anti-aging treatments, Dr. Maas will ensure you achieve the best possible results from your procedure.

Bellafill offers the best of both worlds, providing a non-surgical approach to some signs of aging while still providing dramatic, long-lasting results. To learn more about this innovative treatment, contact The Maas Clinic today at 415-567-7000.

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