Bellafill® dermal facial filler is approved for the smoothing out of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds, or smile lines.
Bellafill dermal filler has also been approved for the correction of moderate to severe facial acne scars on the cheeks in patients over 21.
Unlike most injectable fillers, Bellafill® does require a skin test to identify patients who may be allergic to the bovine collagen or lidocaine. Dr. Keshwani or an clinician will have to conduct a skin test on your initial appointment. This test is performed by injecting a small amount of purified bovine collagen gel into your forearm to make sure you don't have any adverse reactions to bovine collagen and/or lidocaine. If, after four weeks, there is no adverse reaction to your skin test, then you can be approved for treatment.
Treatments take approximately 30-45 minutes and Bellafill is pre-mixed with lidocaine (a local anesthetic) to ensure comfort during and after treatment. The amount of Bellafill® required will depend on the severity of the lines/wrinkles which are to being addressed. As with many fillers, you may have temporary discomfort, swelling and reddening at the injection site. These side effects are usually gone within a few days. Occasionally, you may have some bruising that usually disappears within 7 days. While most patients experience only a minimal amount of discomfort and are able to immediately resume normal activities.
A follow-up appointment is usually suggested 4-6 weeks after treatment. This allows an amount of time that will help you to decide if you would like to further enhance or correct the area.