There is beauty to be found in aging. Classic wisdom says that a woman ages beautifully and gracefully when she embraces each change as it comes along. But just because you are embracing the change doesn’t mean that beautiful aging can’t come with a helping hand or two. At Riverwalk MD Aesthetics in Corona, CA our caring and compassionate team are proud to offer Bellafill, a new kind of dermal filler helping women across the nation age beautifully.
These days it seems like innovative cosmetic treatments are a dime a dozen, but this treatment is truly unique! This is a dual-action dermal filler that is one part anti-aging ingredients and one part long-lasting support. Ultimately, this means that the dual-action filler solves your aging concerns while also providing long-lasting results in as little as one treatment, which is something that many other dermal fillers cannot claim. Unlike other fillers, this treatment can last for several years at a time.
How It Works
Such an impressive treatment with long-lasting results must surely have a special formula, right? For this treatment, that is exactly the case. This cosmetic dermal filler is made with two key ingredients – collagen to add volume, and polymethylmethacrylate microspheres (PMMA) to support collagen production over time. All that is needed for this treatment to work is a simple treatment session to inject the solution into targeted areas. Then you get to enjoy results for years to come.
The combination of collagen and PMMA is unique because most other dermal fillers are made with singular ingredients while this filler is made with ingredients that work in tandem to produce the best possible results. An injection of collagen to instantly reverse early signs of aging paired with a compound that feeds future collagen growth means that this dermal filler works just as hard as you do.
Benefits of Bellafill
What are the benefits of this treatment? Let us count the ways! It isn’t an overstatement to say that this treatment by itself is more beneficial than many other cosmetic treatments or even combinations of treatments. Aside from being incredibly efficient, this treatment is:
As an anti-aging treatment, you probably won’t find one that is as proficient as this one. This treatment includes dermal fillers, which add volume beneath the surface of skin to smooth out skin texture and reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. Dermal fillers themselves are excellent anti-aging tools for mild, moderate, and severe aging concerns, such as deep wrinkles or hollows in the face where loss of volume is most obvious. However, while many dermal fillers either fill volume or contour the face, this is a treatment that can accomplish both tasks at once.
The versatility of this treatment is second to none. Almost all dermal fillers are formulated to address anti-aging concerns, yet this treatment goes above and beyond to treat a second major skin concern. For many women, the most troubling aspect of their skin isn’t the presence of fine lines, but rather the evidence of acne scarring left on their skin well after puberty has passed.
Unlike other types of scars, acne scarring is tough to treat simply because of how varied the uneven skin texture is, but this treatment can successfully and permanently treat acne scarring. This treatment can also address:
- Expression lines, such as smile lines
- Deep wrinkles
- Chin dimpling
- Cheek hollowness
- Skin laxity, especially in the cheeks and jaw
One of the more impressive benefits of this treatment is just how long the results can last. Many other dermal fillers and injectables can last only a few months at a time, usually losing their effectiveness between 4 and 6 months after treatment. This treatment, on the other hand, can last several years at a time. Many patients are able to enjoy results for up to 5 years after treatment!
As a minimally invasive treatment, it goes without saying that this filler is far less painful than cosmetic surgery. But the painlessness of this treatment isn’t just because of its nature as a minimally invasive treatment. It also has to do with the method by which the treatment is delivered. This treatment uses a round-tipped canula, a small, thin needle that minimizes bruising, as well as a small amount of lidocaine in the injection to prevent any discomfort during recovery.
The final major benefit of this treatment is the confidence you earn back by not having to be self-conscious of your perceived faults every second of the day. There is nothing more troublesome than worrying about the way you look, especially if your self-esteem is taking a hit every time you look in the mirror. With this treatment, you can regain your confidence and start loving the way you look again.
A Step-by-Step Bellafill Guide
Curious about what you can expect for this treatment? Whether you are new to dermal fillers or not, it always helps to know what treatment will be like before you attend your appointment. This is especially true for patients who might not be huge fans of needles. If you still have questions about this treatment after reading through this guide, please feel free to ask any of our expert staff at your appointment!
Step One: Initial Consultation
Your first appointment will be an initial consultation where we will gather important information about you. As you might expect, we will discuss your aesthetic goals and any particular areas of concern you have about your appearance. We will examine the condition of your skin, especially around the targeted treatment areas such as the cheeks and mouth.
Because of the special formula in this filler, we will also need medical information about you, such as your general medical history and any allergies you may have. It is also important that we know about any previous cosmetic treatments you have had, particularly other dermal fillers.
At this appointment, we may perform an allergy test to make sure that this filler is safe for you. It is rare that patients have an allergic reaction, but because this filler uses bovine collagen as a main ingredient, testing is standard practice for health and safety. The allergy test will include a small injection which we will monitor in the office for 15 to 30 minutes.
Step Two: Pre-Treatment Guidelines
As with any other dermal filler, there are a few things you will need to do before your appointment. The pre-treatment guidelines will help make sure your treatment is successful, so please be sure to follow any instructions we give you. Some pre-treatment guidelines may include:
- Avoid certain over-the-counter medications, such as aspirin
- Avoid certain supplements, such as vitamin E or fish oil
- Avoid using certain products, such as retinol
- Avoid alcohol for 48 hours before treatment
- Arrive at the appointment without make-up and with hair pulled away from the face
We may instruct you to take a pain reliever such as Tylenol before your appointment to reduce any minor discomfort you may have during the treatment.
Step Three: Numbing
Before your treatment, we will gently wipe your face with a mild cleanser to create a sterile surface for the injection. Although the injection itself contains lidocaine, some patients are more comfortable with a topical numbing cream. At patient request, we will apply this numbing cream before your injections begin.
Step Four: Injection
This filler can treat multiple targeted areas during one session. Depending on your exact goals and expectations, you may have several injections around the mouth and cheeks during your treatment appointment. Most treatment sessions take between 15 to 60 minutes from start to finish.
Step Five: Post-Treatment Guidelines
After your treatment is complete, you will be given instructions to follow for the duration of your recovery. The post-treatment guidelines will help you achieve the desired results. Some post-treatment guidelines may include:
- Avoid excessive heat, including hot showers, for 24 hours
- Avoid strenuous activity for 1 to 3 days
- Avoid touching or rubbing the treatment area for 24 hours
- Avoid alcohol for 24 hours
We may also provide you with instructions on how to use ice for the first 6 to 12 hours after your appointment.
Step Six: Recovery
Recovery for this treatment is quick. Generally, patients are fully recovered 3 to 7 days after treatment and can return to all normal daily activities, including exercise. You can expect some minor temporary side effects, such as redness or slight swelling, which fade within 1 to 3 days after treatment. We may schedule a follow-up appointment about 6 weeks after your treatment to see how you are responding to the filler.
Frequently Asked Questions
How Long Does It Take for Bellafill to Work?
After your treatment is complete, you will notice an immediate difference in the volume of your skin and continue noticing better results 4 to 6 weeks after treatment as a result of the primary collagen solution. However, the real work of this treatment begins at around 3 months, when the PMMA begins to feed your natural collagen production and create even more improvements in your appearance.
How Many Sessions Will I Need?
The number of sessions you will need depends on how well you respond to the treatment and how severe your skin concerns are. For most patients, we recommend 2 sessions spaced about 6 to 8 weeks apart in order to achieve the desired results. We will help you determine how many sessions you need at your follow-up appointment.
How Long Do Results Last?
Some patients wonder if the results of this treatment really last for 5 years. And the answer is usually yes. Based on how well you respond to the treatment and your natural rate of collagen production as stimulated by the PMMA, results of this treatment can last for 3 to 5 years, and sometimes even longer.
Is Bellafill Safe?
This is an FDA-approved treatment that has passed multiple clinical trials. It is very safe to use, provided you pass the allergy screening.
Who Are Good Candidates?
Good candidates for this treatment include any woman who is not fully satisfied with her appearance. This treatment is ideal for most mild or moderate skin concerns and is even appropriate for more severe skin issues, such as deep wrinkles around the mouth. You may be a good candidate for this treatment if you want to:
- Reduce the appearance of expression lines
- Diminish the appearance of acne scarring
- Correct skin laxity and loss of volume in the cheeks
Be the Most Beautiful You With Bellafill!
It’s time you change the way you view aging. If you are ready to age gracefully, contact Riverwalk MD Aesthetics in Corona, CA to schedule your initial consultation. Our talented staff is eager to help you be the most beautiful you!