Q: How long does it last?
A: Satisfaction and effectiveness for the correction of nasolabial folds have been established through 5 years. Effectiveness for the correction of acne scars has been proven through 12 months.
Q: What is Bellafill®?
A: Bellafill® is a smooth collagen-based dermal filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen gel in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift to correct the wrinkle and/or acne scar. The PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin.
Q: What are the microspheres in Bellafill® made of?
A: The microspheres are made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a biocompatible material that has been used in medical implants for 65 years.
Q: How does it work?
A: The collagen in Bellafill® provides immediate volume and lift. Over time, the collagen is reabsorbed while the PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin.
Q: Where and how is Bellafill® available for purchase?
A: Bellafill® is available at physician offices across the country. Please visit Dr. Paul Blair, a licensed Bellafill® provider in your area.
Q: Will it work for me?
A: In a clinical trial, Bellafill® was shown to work equally well with all skin types, and in men and women. If you 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, tell Dr. Paul Blair, your licensed provider.
Q: Is it safe?
A: Bellafill® has been proven safe through 5 years in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever conducted.
Q: When will I see results?
A: Bellafill® replaces lost volume in the skin below the wrinkle for correction that is immediate and lasting.
Q: What’s the downtime?
A: You can return to normal activities right away. 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.
Q: Who can receive treatment with Bellafill®?
A: Patients must be 21 years of age or older, and receive the required skin test prior to treatment. In clinical studies, Bellafill® was shown to work in all skin types, and in men and women. If you 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, tell your doctor. Please consult your physician Dr. Paul Blair.
Q: How much does Bellafill® cost?
A: The cost of Bellafill® varies depending on how many syringes are required to obtain optimal correction. Your doctor can personalize a treatment plan that fits your time and budget during your consultation.
Q: What is the difference between Bellafill® and ArteFill®?
A: Bellafill® is the new name for ArteFill® in North America. It is distributed under the trade name ArteFill® in South Korea and Singapore. ArteFill® was rebranded to Bellafill® in the U.S. to reflect the transformational outcomes this unique product can provide to patients seeking correction of their acne scars and nasolabial folds. In markets outside of the U.S., the product is only approved for nasolabial folds.
Q: How long has Bellafill® been available in the U.S.?
A: Bellafill® was FDA approved in October 2006 (under the name ArteFill®) for treating nasolabial folds (smile lines). In December 2014, Bellafill® was approved by the FDA for the correction of moderate to severe atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.