Posts Tagged ‘Bellafill’


Thursday, June 15th, 2017

Over the last few years’ facial fillers have grown in popularity. This is primarily because they are safer and less invasive than traditional plastic surgery. Even if you are a facial filler virgin, you probably know a few seasoned veterans.  Here are several things you might not know about dermal fillers.

More People Get Filled Than You Think: Fillers are the second most popular cosmetic procedure, with only botulinum toxin procedures like Botox, Dysport, and Xeomin, surpassing them in popularity.  According to the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery, in 2016, more than 2.5 million filler procedures were performed.

All Fillers Fill, But Some Also Build: There are two main types of fillers: hyaluronic acid (like Belotero, Restylane, Juvederm) and collagen-producing biostimulators (like Radiesse and Bellafill). Hyaluronic acid (HA) is a sugar molecule which is normally found in our skin and bodies; as we age, it begins to dissipate. Fillers can be used for everything from replacing lost volume to smoothing over dynamic lines and tightening the jawline.

All Fillers Are Not Created Equally: FDA-approved HA fillers differ in color, cohesivity, and viscosity. There is no one injectable that is the best. It should be all about what is the best for the patient. One filler which works well in the eyes might not be the best for use in the lips or cheeks; so it is important to find a doctor who is facile with several injectables, so she can choose the appropriate filler with properties which best suit the intended area. (more…)


Thursday, September 10th, 2015

Bellafill Before After 4

While hyaluronic acid fillers, such as Belotero®, Juvederm®, and Restylane®, are lauded for their effective results, we are often deterred by their inability to last beyond six-to-twelve months as well as the high price. However, permanent dermal fillers, such as Silikon 1000®, Artecoll®, and Aquamid®, scare us; the potential for permanent damage is often a risk we are unwilling to take.  Recently, Suneva Medical, Inc. announced that Bellafill® (formerly known as ArteFill®) has now been declared the only FDA-approved dermal filler with proven “safety and effectiveness” through five years.  This declaration follows a five-year post-approval study for the treatment of nasolabial folds.  According to Suneva, it marks the largest and longest dermal filler study every conducted with “unprecedented retention, high patient satisfaction, and strong evidence to support the long-term safety and effectiveness of Bellafill®.”

Bellafill® is a unique, injectable collagen filler with microspheres that can instantly smooth facial wrinkles.  It is the only dermal filler on the market that is approved by the FDA for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.  The collagen immediately adds volume to the skin to lift and smooth away the wrinkle while the microspheres form a matrix that supports production of collagen, thus, replacing the injected collagen over time.  Bellafill® is not recommended for “off-label” area use (i.e. lips, temples, etc.).



Monday, August 24th, 2015

Acne Before and After Photos Patient 2Let’s face it, acne is truly a four-letter word.  It affects people of all demographics, and often results in permanent scarring.  Until recently, there was never truly an immediate fix for deep acne scars.  Treatments, including microdermabrasion and chemical peels, often result in skin discoloration and additional scarring.  Today, the gold standard is fractional laser resurfacing, achieved through either a single treatment C02 laser (entailing significant downtime) or multiple treatments with a minimally-invasive Erbium laser.  However, like its predecessors, results are not immediately realized.

Recently, Bellafill, a smooth collagen-based dermal filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, was approved by the FDA to treat both nasolabial folds and acne scarring.  Delivering dramatic results in a single office visit (with little-to-no downtime), Bellafill lifts acne indentations while helping the skin recreate its own firmer structure for a smoother appearance.  Celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Ava Shamban, of Beverly Hills, explains, “[It’s] placed below the acne scar depression using a fine needle. The collagen gel provides immediate volume and lift and, over time, is absorbed by the body. The microspheres remain in place and create a matrix that provides structural support to the skin for lasting correction.”