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Bellafill: Learn How the Best Dermal Filler Works and Compares With Others

Bellafill is an FDA-approved dermal filler used to correct smile lines (nasolabial folds) and treat acne scars, wrinkles, and other skin folds. It is a gel filler consisting of PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) microspheres suspended in purified bovine collagen and local anesthetic lidocaine to ease any discomfort during injection. Since its inception, Bellafill is the only filler approved by the FDA to treat acne scarring and has an effective period of up to five years.

How Bellafill Works

The main function of Bellafill is Collagen stimulation. When you inject it directly beneath the wrinkle, it supports and smoothens the area. The PMMA microspheres allow Bellafill to last significantly longer than other fillers because they are non-resorbable, meaning the body cannot absorb them. As a result, the body begins to generate its natural collagen to merge with the microspheres. By the end of the process, 80% of the patient’s collagen and 20% of the microspheres fill the wrinkle. Over the weeks, the skin absorbs the injected collagen, and the newly generated collagen takes its place. This is what makes Bellafillthe best dermal filler in the market, and gives it its long-lasting results.

Understanding Collagen

Our skin appears tight and youthful because of collagen. As we age, collagen production slow down, which causes our skin to become less elastic, thereby causing wrinkles and folds. This is where Bellafill comes in to improve volume in the treated area immediately. Type 1 and Type 3 collagen provides specific amino acids which help minimize fine lines and wrinkles. Bellafill is the only filler that stimulates both types I and III  collagenfor natural and long-lasting correction.

How Bellafill Compares with Others

There are several cosmetic injectables in the market today that physicians use to reduce the appearance of facial wrinkles and skin folds. Here’s how Bellafill compares with some of them:

Bellafill vs  Sculptra

There are three key differences between Bellafill and Sculptra. Bellafill can last up to five years without any maintenance, whereas Sculptra lasts for two years and requires yearly maintenance. Bellafill might have a higher upfront cost; however, Sculptra’s long-term costs can much higher since it doesn’t last as long and requires yearly maintenance. With Bellafill, you get immediate results that get better over time. In contrast, Sculptra’s result takes 4 to 8 weeks to become visible.

Bellafill vs Radiesse

The most notable difference between Bellafill and any other filler is durability. Radiesse comes in second place and lasts up to two years. As far as consistency is concerned, Radiesse has a much thicker composition, so it isn’t recommended for thinner skin.

Bellafill vs Hyaluronic Acid

Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a common skincare ingredient and bonding agent but it is used as an injectable dermal filler as well. The hyaluronic acid fillers are FDA approved to correct lines and fold and to restore lost volume in the lips. The HA fillers restore volume temporarily and the body slowly breaks them down and absorbs them.   Unlike Bellafill treatment, Hyaluronic Acid can be injected in the lips and under the eyes to restore lost volume in those areas. Both procedures have immediate effects; however, hyaluronic acid treatment lasts for only about a year or less depending on the specific product and the area injected, making it more expensive long-term. Most common side effects include bruising, reddnes, swelling, and pain.

Brink Back Your Inner Bella WithBellafill

Today, Bellafill is one of the most popular and most studied dermal fillers in the market. With thousands of injections performed every year with the 5-year dermal filler, Bellafill is now the leading long-lasting alternative to short-lived temporary facial fillers.

Author
Dr. Karampahtsis

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