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Bellafill is a smooth, collagen-based injectable filler with PMMA, or polymethylmethacrylate. Bellafill is FDA approved to treat certain types of acne scars.
Bellafill for acne is an outpatient procedure and yields an instant smoothness that you can appreciate as soon as you leave the office. It has been clinically proven to last up to five years.
Treatment begins by cleansing your skin. A series of carefully placed injections then add volume to smooth away acne scars. Your treatment is relatively brief, so you may return to your normal activities as soon as you leave the treatment session.
Bellafill is the perfect filler to replace volume because it stimulates your own collagen and gives you the most natural youthful look. Bellafill is approved for use on men and women who are 21 and older, and is safe on all skin types, textures and pigmentation. Patients do require an allergy test before treatment.
At Ageless Wellness, Bellafill is injected by the medical director Dr. Jamie Walraven or the nurse practitioner, Linda Faulkner, FNP-C. Peachtree City Bellafill clients have told Dr. Walraven that they love the look and like that it both feels and looks natural.
Bellafill appointments take between 30 minutes and an hour, with no downtime.
One of the biggest issues faced by client Lucy Cawthon was development of cystic acne due to hormonal changes brought on by menopause. This led to significant scarring on her neck and face.
“I was very frustrated with the treatment plans that I’d sought from multiple physicians and dermatologists,” says Cawthon, before finally finding relief in Dr. Walraven.
“She came in because she had scars on her face that really made her feel self-conscious,” Walraven says. “Her scarring was so dense that it made her smile uneven.”
Walraven’s solution was to “remodel” the scars using a series of skin treatments. In the two years since she first visited Ageless Wellness, Cawthon has experienced dramatic improvement in both her hormonal balance and the scarring on her face.
“I think she’s had great results,” Walraven says. “There will be more improvement to look for as we continue to remodel her skin. She is not at her end result yet, but she’s happy with what we’ve achieved so far and is a lot less self-conscious.”
As with many injectable fillers, you may experience bruising, itchiness, pain, swelling, redness, discoloration, lumpiness, bumps, or increased sensitivity at the treatment site. These side effects usually go away by themselves within a few days.
“It truly is an amazing experience,” Cawthon boasts. “Ageless Wellness is a holistic, caring environment. All the staff are totally competent, passionate and dedicated. You can feel the love when you come in here, but not only that is the knowledge they carry and the ability to give you profound quality of life.”
Ageless Wellness clients who know that they want filler can make an appointment for Bellafill. Those who aren’t sure which filler is right for them can call for a consultation at 678-364-8414.
Important Safety Information
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 your licensed physician provider. Be sure to call your licensed provider immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area. 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. References: 1. Gottfried Lemperle, et. al., ArteFill® Permanent Injectable for Soft Tissue Augmentation: I. Mechanism of Action and Injection Techniques., Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2010 Jun;34(3):264–72. 2. Bellafill® [Instructions for Use]. San Diego, CA: Suneva Medical, Inc.; 2015. 3. Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS. Acne scarring: A classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol; July 2001; 109-117. 4. Data on file. Suneva Medical, Inc. 5. Haneke et al. Polymethyl Methacrylate Microspheres in Collagen. Semin Cutan Med Surg 23:227-232,2004. 6. Cohen et al. Artecoll: A Long-Lasting Injectable Wrinkle Filler Material: Report of a Controlled, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Trial of 251 Subjects. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 114: 964,2004. 7. American Academy of Dermatology, http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/conditions/acne#.Uc2hG_nvt8F. 8. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 2008, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1748681508003951. 9. Formula PR Independent Study, 2013. 10. Suneva Medical AAD Advisory Board, August 2015, data on file.