Bellafill is a dermal filler approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for permanent implantation into the skin. While it’s generally used in the correction of smile or laugh lines, known in the medical industry as nasolabial folds, it’s also used as treatment for facial acne scars.
The Bellafill cost depends on the number of injections needed to correct the issues on the target area. Since it’s a cosmetic procedure, it will likely not be covered by medical insurance although most clinics offer reasonable financing plans.
The following Bellafill prices are estimates only.
Bellafill Approximate Cost
|Treatment 1 (starting price)||$1,000.00|
|Treatment 2 (starting price)||$1,000.00|
|Treatment 3 (starting price)||$1,000.00|
How Does It Work?
Bellafill is a combination of non-absorbable, microsphere-enhanced bovine collagen and lidocaine, a local anesthetic. The microspheres are derived from polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a synthetic implant material manufactured in accordance with the guidelines implemented by the FDA and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). These are approximately 30 t0 50 microns in size and, thus, these aren’t visible to the naked eye.
Keep in mind that Bellafill should only be administered by a licensed practitioner, such as a dermatologist, because of the risks involved. Allergy pre-testing is also an absolute must for first-time patients.
Once injected into the target areas, Bellafill adds volume to the skin and, thus, smooth away the folds and wrinkles. The plumping effect can be seen within one to two treatments while the number of injections required depends on the location and severity of the smile lines and/or acne scars.
Unlike many types of dermal fillers, the microspheres in Bellafill aren’t absorbed by the body and, hence, these require surgical removal. For this reason, too, the results are permanent; no reinjections are required to achieve the permanent results.
Bellafill should only be injected under the skin using an ultrafine needle.
What Is It Used For?
Bellafill is primarily used in the following issues:
* To reduce the appearance of moderate to severe nasolabial folds, which are the folds and wrinkles running from the nose to the corners of the mouth (i.e., laugh lines); and
* To correct moderate to severe acne scars on the cheeks on patients 21 years old and above
Bellafill has been proven safe in restoring fullness and volume to the skin, too.
While it can be used on both adult men and women, its safety when used on pregnant and breastfeeding women as well as on individuals under 18 years old hasn’t been established.
Bellafill shouldn’t be used on patients with a positive reaction to it during the skin test; with a history of anaphylaxis, hypersensitivity, and severe allergies; with an allergy to lidocaine or to any bovine collagen product; and with a high risk for keloid and/or hypertrophic scars, among others.
Mild swelling and redness may occur on the injection site albeit for less than 24 hours. Bruising is typically mild and resolves on its own in 3-7 days.