Bellafill® by Suneva® Medical is a permanent injectable filler composed of 80% collagen gel and 20% PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres. The collagen gel provides immediate volumization and the PMMA microspheres form a scaffold to support endogenous collagen production and tissue matrix formation. Bellafill® also contains 0.3% lidocaine. Because the collagen gel is of bovine origin, in the U.S., a skin test is required to identify patients who may be allergic to this gel or the lidocaine.
Bellafill® has FDA approval for the correction of nasolabial folds as well as moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21.
How Long does Bellafill® Last?
According to the manufacturer, “the effectiveness and patient satisfaction rates of Bellafill® have been established through 5 years when used to correct nasolabial folds, and 12 months when used to correct acne scars.” A 2014 study published in the Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology is referenced by the manufacturer with regard to the treatment of facial acne scars.
Some plastic surgeons believe that the PMMA is permanent.
How does Bellafill® Work?
Bellafill’s mechanism of action is two-fold. First the collagen gel provides immediate volume to wrinkles and scars, just like many other fillers. The manufacturer states that the PMMA microspheres which remain in place, provide a “scaffold” that supports the ingrowth of collagen and “tissue matrix formation.”
Why your Bellafill® Experience will be different at Total Aesthetics™
- Unlike facilities that utilize ancillary providers like “nurse injectors,” physician assistants, etc. to inject BOTOX® Cosmetic and fillers like Bellafill®, at Total Aesthetics™ you’ll never have to wonder who will be performing your injections – it’s always Dr. O’Connell, an Ivy educated and trained plastic surgeon who has been certified by both the American Board of Plastic Surgery and the American Board of Surgery, practicing in Fairfield County for over 30 years.
- Only legitimate, US FDA-approved products like Bellafill® are used. All products are sourced directly from the manufacturer and no illegally re-imported, “parallel imported,” are ever used – we’ll even show you the packaging.
- We believe that when it comes to relaxers and fillers, one size does not fit all. We will carefully review your facial anatomy as well as your aesthetic goals and help you navigate through the many available neurotoxin and filler choices to help you choose the product that will likely provide you with the best result for each particular application.
What are the Aesthetic Goals of Bellafill® at Total Aesthetics™?
As one of the most experienced and sought after injectors in New England, Dr. O’Connell’s goal with all relaxers and fillers is to achieve a confident, natural and rested look without the artificial, overdone appearance. We believe that fillers require injectors with great experience and skill in the area of facial aesthetics, to obtain a natural, “untreated” appearance – that’s why we feel that board certified plastic surgeons are uniquely qualified in this regard.