Smile lines and similar folds around the mouth are some of the deepest wrinkles in the face, making them the most difficult to correct. Dr. Grady Core of Core Plastic Surgery offers Bellafill® to patients seeking effective, long-lasting improvement in the appearance of laugh lines, marionette lines and similar wrinkles. Core Plastic Surgery is proud to offer this and other wrinkle filler treatments to patients living in Birmingham, Mountain Brook, and the surrounding areas of Alabama.
- 1 What is Bellafill?
- 2 Benefits of Bellafill
- 3 Who is a Good Candidate for Bellafill?
- 4 How Do I Prepare for My Bellafill Treatment?
- 5 What is Involved in My Bellafill Treatment?
- 6 What to Expect After a Bellafill Treatment
- 7 When Will I See the Results from Bellafill?
- 8 How Much Does Bellafill Cost in Birmingham?
- 9 Important Safety Information
What is Bellafill?
Bellafill is a dermal filler that is designed to treat nasolabial folds, or smile lines, which extend from the nose to the corners of the mouth. The Bellafill formula is composed of a smooth collagen gel that creates smooth, instant volume upon injection. Within this gel are polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres, which attract and promote the growth of natural collagen. With this unique combination, patients can achieve both an instant boost in volume and a long-lasting increase in collagen that preserves your results for years.
Benefits of Bellafill
Bellafill is the only FDA-approved injectable that was proven to be effective as long as five years after treatment, far longer than any other cheek fillers available. It also provides the following benefits:
- Instant results
- Increased facial volume
- Reduction in wrinkles and folds around the mouth
- Little to no discomfort
- Quick treatment
- No downtime or recovery
Who is a Good Candidate for Bellafill?
The ideal candidate for Bellafill is 21 or older and would like to diminish the appearance of nasolabial folds. Bellafill and its ingredients are safe for all skin types. Collagen injections like Bellafill can also help patients avoid touch-up treatments that are often required with other injectable treatments.
How Do I Prepare for My Bellafill Treatment?
There is no preparation needed for Bellafill treatments except for arriving at your appointment with a freshly washed face if possible.
What is Involved in My Bellafill Treatment?
The first step in your Bellafill treatment is applying a topical anesthetic to the injection site. This numbs the skin to minimize any discomfort that may occur during the injection process.
Then, a number of injections will be made into and around the nasolabial folds. The collagen gel instantly fills out these wrinkles, producing smooth, natural-looking volume.
What to Expect After a Bellafill Treatment
After your Bellafill treatment, there is no downtime or recovery period necessary. You will be able to resume work and other normal activities immediately after your appointment. Some patients may experience redness or tenderness at the injection site, but these effects are common and typically fade within a day or two.
When Will I See the Results from Bellafill?
The results from your Bellafill treatment will be visible immediately. As your body breaks down the collagen gel in the Bellafill formula, your body will produce its own collagen to replace it. This creates incredibly long-lasting cosmetic results, which are clinically proven to last up to five years.
How Much Does Bellafill Cost in Birmingham?
The cost of Bellafill varies with each patient based on the extent of the area to be treated and whether other treatments are done at the same time. We can go over the costs with you as well as payment and financing options. In addition to accepting cash, checks, and credit cards, we offer financing through CareCredit®.
Grady Core, M.D., F.A.C.S., a board-certified plastic surgeon, provides Bellafill and other injectable face fillers to residents of Mountain Rock, Birmingham, and the nearby areas of Alabama. If you would like to achieve a more youthful appearance without any surgery or downtime, contact us at Core Plastic Surgery today to schedule a consultation for Bellafill.
Important Safety Information
Bellafill® is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, 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 should not receive Bellafill®. The safety of Bellafill® for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or in patients under 21 has not been established. 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. You may experience lumps/bumps/papules that may occur more than one month after injection and that may persist. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, lumps/bumps, acne, and increased sensitivity at treatment sites. Infrequently, granulomas may occur and may be treated by your licensed physician provider. Be sure to call your licensed provider immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area. Based on the 5-year Post-Approval Study on nasolabial folds with 1,008 patients, long-term safety of Bellafill® for up to 5 years has been established.References1. Gottfried Lemperle, et. al., ArteFill® Permanent Injectable for Soft Tissue Augmentation: I. Mechanism of Action and Injection Techniques., Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2010 Jun;34(3):264–72. 2. Bellafill® [Instructions for Use]. San Diego, CA: Suneva Medical, Inc.; 2015. 3. Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS. Acne scarring: A classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol; July 2001; 109-117. 4. Data on file. Suneva Medical, Inc. 5. Haneke et al. Polymethyl Methacrylate Microspheres in Collagen. Semin Cutan Med Surg 23:227-232,2004. 6. Cohen et al. Artecoll: A Long-Lasting Injectable Wrinkle Filler Material: Report of a Controlled, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Trial of 251 Subjects. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 114: 964,2004. 7. American Academy of Dermatology, http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/conditions/acne#.Uc2hG_nvt8F. 8. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 2008, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1748681508003951. 9. Formula PR Independent Study, 2013. 10. Suneva Medical AAD Advisory Board, August 2015, data on file. 11. Keep in mind each patient is unique and your results may vary. 12. Cohen et al. Five-Year Safety and Satisfaction Study of PMMA-Collagen in the Correction of Nasolabial Folds. Dermatol Surg. 2015 Dec;41 Suppl 1:S302-13. 13. Karnik et al. A double-blind, randomized, controlled trial of suspended polymethylmethacrylate microspheres for the correction of atrophic facial acne scars. J Am Acad Dermatol. 2014 Jul;71(1):77-83.