Bellafill® is a unique dual-action facial filler that helps patients look younger and more refreshed. Its key advantage over other facial fillers is its long-term results and that it does not require repeat injections. The Food and Drug Administration has approved Bellafill® to treat the following:
- Nasolabial folds. The nasolabial folds, which are commonly referred to as smile lines, are the two skin folds that run from the sides of the nose to the corners of the mouth. Deep nasolabial folds that lack volume can be effectively treated for up to five years using Bellafill®.
- Acne scars. Bellafill® lifts acne scars and adds volume to the sunken skin. Results last for up to one year.
The specialists at Masri Clinic in Birmingham, MI, and Dearborn, MI are trained and certified to administer Bellafill®. Patients who have their procedure performed by a Masri Clinic Bellafill® specialist can look forward to long-lasting results that they love.
The key procedure steps include the following:
- Needle prick. A tiny needle is used to gently prick the skin.
- Bellafill® treatment. A blunt tip cannula and an attached syringe filled with Bellafill® is inserted into the small hole formed by the needle prick. The cannula is carefully guided into the area the patient would like to treat. Once the cannula is in the target location, Bellafill® is slowly injected.
Patients usually receive 2-4 syringes of the formula. Gentle pressure and ice are used to prevent swelling and pain between injections and after the procedure. Total procedure time is generally 15-30 minutes.
Patients recover very quickly from their procedure. Many patients find that it is entirely possible to have their procedure performed during their lunch break and return to work. Others prefer to take the day off so they can relax and enjoy their results. If symptoms like swelling, bruising, or soreness are present after the procedure, they can be easily managed using gentle pressure and ice. Patients are advised to wait 24-48 hours before exercising or going out in the sun for an extended period of time.
Bellafill®’s dual-action properties allow patients to see results twice. The first results occur immediately after surgery. The second wave of results occurs approximately one month after surgery and continues for up to 3-6 months. This unique process is made possible by the following key ingredients:
- Bovine collagen. Synthetic collagen that quickly adds volume and lift.
- PMMA Microspheres. Small molecules that provide structural skin support by creating a base for natural collagen formation and growth.
Bovine collagen is slowly eliminated from the body while the slower acting PMMA microspheres began to produce results. Final results include more volume, lift, and improved skin texture. The appearance of smile lines or acne scars is significantly improved. Patients often report increased self-confidence and an improved self-image. Because of this, focus is taken away from wrinkles and scars and given to attractive facial features.
Men and women who are unhappy with the appearance of their smile lines or acne scars may be candidates for a Bellafill® procedure. The procedure is usually reserved for non-smoking patients who have no serious medical conditions or illness. Patients who have skin allergies are advised to discuss their allergies with their specialist before their procedure.
A skin test is always performed before patients are qualified as candidates. Patients who have a positive skin test are those that cannot tolerate the Bovine Collagen found in Bellafill®. Information regarding the skin test is given patients at their initial Bellafill® consultation.
An Initial Bellafill® Consultation at Masri Clinic
The Bellafill® specialists at Masri Clinic are known for providing patients with maximum results. An initial consultation is the first and one of the most important steps in the Bellafill® treatment process. Initial consultations are patient-focused and very thorough. They include the following:
- A medical history review. The patient’s medical conditions and previous surgeries/cosmetic procedures are discussed.
- A physical examination. The patient’s smile lines or acne scars are examined and photos are taken for comparison purposes.
The specialist and patient discuss how Bellafill® can be used to treat their concerns. Goals are set and a customized treatment plan is created. Before the conclusion of the consultation, a question and answer session will be held. Patients can ask any questions or address any concerns and get the information they need. Patients who attend an initial consultation at Masri Clinic always make their treatment decision after being completely informed and educated. They go into their procedure feeling comfortable, relaxed, and excited about seeing their results.
Are there risks associated with a Bellafill® procedure?
All procedures have risks. The risks associated with a Bellafill® procedure are minimal. The precautions taken by the specialists at Masri clinic reduce risks to the lowest level possible. After their initial consultation, the overwhelming majority of patients find that risks do not play a factor in their treatment decision.
Can smile line results really last 5 years?
Bellafill® has been shown to produce results that last up to 5 years. Patients who follow the post-procedure instructions of their Masri specialist and live healthy lifestyles that include regular exercise and a well-balanced diet can look forward to maximum and long lasting results.
Nothing has improved the appearance of my acne scars…can Bellafill®?
Bellafill® is FDA approved to treat moderate to severe facial acne scars. It has provided countless patients with the treatment solution to their acne scar problem. Creams, gels, and other topical products do not work as well as Bellafill® because they do not fill in scars. Patients who attend an initial consultation with one of the specialists at Masri clinic will have the chance to see before-and-after photos of patients who had a condition similar to theirs and underwent treatment. Patients find before-and-after photos to be a powerful influence in their treatment decision and an invaluable resource that helps them know what type of results to expect.
Does the procedure hurt?
There is always a small risk that the injection process may cause pain or discomfort. Patients who have their procedure performed by a Masri Clinic specialist can be assured of the following:
- Every measure will be taken to ensure patients are comfortable and relaxed before, during, and after their procedure
- A topical anesthetic will be carefully applied before the procedure is performed
- Specialists at Masri Clinic have been trained and are certified to administer Bellafill®
Additionally, Bellafill® contains lidocaine, a numbing agent, that helps further reduce the possibility of patients feeling pain.
Do I have to stop smoking to have my procedure?
The specialists at the Masri Clinic want patients to have the best results possible. Because smoking interferes with the body’s healing process and is generally bad for the skin, specialists will ask patients to stop smoking before and after their procedure.
Can Bellafill® be used on the lips?
Bellafill® is only used for smile lines and acne scars. Patients who are interested in improving the appearance of their lips may be interested in a Restylane® or Juvederm® facial filler procedure. Interested patients are encouraged to contact Masri Clinic for additional information.
Are there ways to maximize my results?
Patients who want optimal results should take the following steps:
- Follow the advice of your Masri Clinic specialist
- Always apply sunscreen when outside or in a tanning bed
- Find ways to reduce stress
Patients who are also encouraged to eat a healthy diet and take care of their skin by cleaning it and applying moisturizers. Excessive alcohol intake and smoking should be avoided.
What do I need to do to prepare for my initial consultation?
Patients are encouraged to think about their cosmetic goals before their initial consultation. Patients who go into their initial consultation with a clear idea of what they would like to accomplish are the ones who are most pleased with their results. Many patients find it extremely helpful to write down a list of their goals and the reasons why they want the procedure.
What should I bring to my initial consultation?
Patients are asked to bring a list of the medications and herbal supplements they are currently taking to their initial consultation. Patients who want to bring photos for their specialist to look at are encouraged to do so.
How do I schedule my initial Bellafill® consultation?
The experts at Masri Clinic are always ready to help patients achieve the look they want. Patients who would like to improve their smile lines or acne scars can easily schedule their initial Bellafill® consultation by contacting one of our offices in Birmingham, MI or Dearborn, MI.