Bellafill is an injectable dermal filler that is FDA-approved to reverse nasolabial folds caused by volume loss and moderate-to-severe acne scars on the midface. At MD Age Management in Winter Park, FL, we are proud to offer this non-invasive treatment. Today, we’re looking at how long the results last, how to make them last longer, who may qualify for treatment, and more.
How Long Do Bellafill Results Last?
You may be able to enjoy the results of Bellafill for five years. However, it is also possible for the ideal results to last longer. Additionally, in the case of acne scar reduction, the results may be permanent. This injectable doesn’t just fill in acne scars. In some cases, it induces enough collagen production that significant cellular turnover occurs.
How Can I See Longer-Lasting Results?
Bellafill works thanks to the injection of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) molecules. These molecules provide immediate initial results because the injectable spheres volumize the targeted areas. However, the results of this treatment can last far longer than the results of other dermal fillers because the PMMA molecules ramp up collagen production significantly. This extra collagen results in improved blood flow to the area.
Collagen is the most abundant type of protein in your body and is responsible for keeping your skin volumized, tight, and healthy. To extend the longevity of your results, you need to take steps to keep your collagen as healthy as possible. Lifestyle changes you can make to maintain the health of your collagen include:
- Wearing sunscreen diligently
- Not consuming tobacco products
- Minimizing alcohol consumption
- Eating plenty of protein
- Staying hydrated
- Eating vitamin C-rich foods
How Quickly Can I See the Results of My Treatment?
Although you will see an immediate volume increase in the treatment areas, it may take up to five months for the final results of your treatment to become apparent. You won’t see the final results of your treatment immediately because the final results are provided by an increase in collagen production. Depending on your age, health, diet, and lifestyle, it can take up to three months for your skin to finish producing all of the extra collagen.
The other factor that drives how quickly you will see your final results is the severity of your cosmetic concerns. If you need a second injection session to achieve your ideal results, the second session may not be scheduled until a couple of months after your first session. This gives us a better idea of the dosage required to provide you with your desired results because the results are much more developed.
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
You may be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are at least 22 years of age and have moderate-to-severe acne scars on your cheeks or nasolabial folds. Nevertheless, people with certain medical conditions, such as blood disorders, heart problems, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes, or kidney problems will not qualify.
To ensure you are a good fit for this treatment, we will thoroughly discuss your medical history and current health. We will also assess your cosmetic concerns to ensure this treatment is appropriate for you. If you have nasolabial folds that are not caused by volume loss, you will be a better candidate for an injectable muscle relaxant treatment, like Botox, Dysport, or Xeomin.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
During your treatment session, you will not feel any pain or discomfort at all. This injectable filler contains a small amount of lidocaine, a fast-acting numbing agent that will last throughout your treatment session. If you’re allergic to lidocaine, let us know during your initial consultation. We offer other injectable dermal fillers that can help you achieve your aesthetic goals.
Before your session begins, we will clean the areas targeted for treatment. For the shortest possible treatment session, we advise coming in with a bare face that is free from cosmetics. However, if you feel like you can’t attend your appointment without makeup or a moisturizer, we can remove it before we clean your skin. Once your skin is prepared for treatment, we will inject the appropriate dose of the medication into several strategic areas for ideal results.
How Long Will My Treatment Session Take?
As a general rule of thumb, this treatment session will only take between 10 and 15 minutes. We can give you a better idea of how long your session should take during your initial consultation once we have evaluated your problem areas. Your session should only take approximately 10 minutes if you are only treating nasolabial folds or acne scars on your cheeks. Your session will probably take closer to 15 minutes if you are treating both areas of concern.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
On average, the results of Bellafill injections last for five years once the final results become apparent. However, it can take up to five months to see the final results of treatment. If you think this PMMA-based dermal filler is right for you, contact us today at MD Age Management in Winter Park, FL to schedule your initial consultation. We are conveniently located fewer than eight miles from Orlando, FL.