Collagen is our body’s most-abundant protein, giving structure to our skin, muscles, and connective tissue across the body. Our bodies produce less collagen as we age, resulting in fine lines and wrinkles. These are two of the most common complaints heard by Dr. Hernandez and her team. Additionally, acne scars are another skin imperfection that can frustrate patients, who are unable to find suitable treatment to eradicate this painful reminder of youth on their own.
Dr. Hernandez is pleased to offer Bellafill® as a premium dermal filler for her patients at our Eterna Cosmetic Surgery office in San Antonio.
What is BellafillⓇ?
Bellafill® is a collagen-based dermal filler with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen gel in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift to correct wrinkles and acne scars. Once injected, these microspheres stay in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin.
This safe and effective dermal filler’s central component is bovine collagen, which is a natural protein that gives our skin volume. The ingredients in Bellafill® are considered non-resorbable, which means that they won’t be absorbed into the body or metabolized.
Bellafill® is the longest lasting dermal filler on the market today that is approved for the correction of a specific type of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds -- or smile lines. It is also frequently used to correct moderate to severe acne scars.
Who is an ideal candidate for treatment with BellafillⓇ?
Nearly everyone is a suitable candidate for Bellafill® treatment. Bellafill® works well for people of all genders and with a range of skin types.
If you have a history of severe allergies, have a known allergy to bovine collagen, are allergic to lidocaine, have a bleeding disorder, of r are prone to thick or excessive scar formation, be sure to inform Dr. Hernandez prior to your treatment.
How does BellafillⓇ work?
The collagen in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift for results that you can enjoy as soon as you leave the Eterna Cosmetic Surgery office in San Antonio. Over time, the collagen is reabsorbed while the PMMA microspheres are left behind. They create a supportive base that allows more of your own collagen to develop, resulting in smoother-looking skin in the long term.
How is BellafillⓇ different from other fillers?
Bellafill® provides immediate improvement, and due to its ability to prompt the production of additional collagen from your body, actually improves results after five to six months. This is in stark contrast to other fillers (including hyaluronic acid fillers), which dissolve and show diminishing results after six months.
How many BellafillⓇ treatments will I need to reach my desired results?
In many cases, patients reach their desired results with only one Bellafill® treatment from Dr. Hernandez at Eterna Cosmetic Surgery
How long do BellafillⓇ results last?
BellafillⓇ is a long-lasting dermal filler that lasts up to five (5) years, or longer. Because of the uniqueness of BellafillⓇ compared to other fillers, many patients report improved results after five to six months.
It’s important to note that Dr. Hernandez refers to BellafillⓇ as a “semi-permanent” filler. That is because the PMMA microspheres do not dissolve; they become permanently incorporated into patient tissue.
What can I expect after treatment with BellafillⓇ?
Patients can resume regular activities immediately following their treatment session. Some patients report mild side effects after treatment, including one to two days of swelling, bruising, redness, itching, tenderness or mild pain at the site of injection for around 24 to 48 hours.
Since Bellafill® is a bio-stimulant — which means it stimulates your own tissues to make new collagen — note that it causes more initial swelling than other fillers. This swelling is temporary, and typically subsides in 24 to 48 hours.