Bellafill® by Suneva Medical is a commercial injectable dermal filler formulation of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. Bellafill® is a biodegradable compound used to enhance and stimulate collagen production in the body.
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About the Procedure
Bellafill® by Suneva Medical is used to correct moderate to severe facial wrinkles, lines, and folds. It is also approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to correct acne scars. Bellafill® is formulated with polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres that provide immediate volume and plumpness through the collagen gel, while also stimulating natural collagen production by the body. The gel portion of Bellafill® will be degraded over time, however, the microspheres will remain — providing a framework for the body to build collagen on for lasting results. Bellafill® requires multiple treatments. The results need to be carefully developed over several sessions, as Bellafill® has a high-risk of being undesirably visible under the skin. For facial wrinkles, Bellafill® provides lasting improvement for up to five years. For the treatment of nasolabial folds, Bellafill® is FDA-approved as a permanent dermal filler. The active ingredient in Bellafill®, PMMA, is generally believed to provide a longer lasting solution than fillers composed of hyaluronic acid like Juvéderm® and Restylane®. Sculptra® and Radiesse®, meanwhile, contain alternative primary ingredients that may provide results more comparable to Bellafill®.
The goal of polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) injectables is to semi-permanently improve the volume and/or contour of areas on the face and body.
What to Expect
Bellafill® injections are simple, outpatient procedures with minimal side effects and downtime. Here is a general guide for what to expect before, during, and after a Bellafill® injection:
- Stop taking blood thinning medications one day prior to surgery. Blood thinners may include Ibuprofen, Acetaminophen, Aspirin, and prescription anticoagulants.
- No alcohol one day before the procedure
- Reschedule if a rash, cold sore, or other lesion develops
- Local anesthetic (like lidocaine) applied to injection site
- Injections are made in predetermined areas
Bellafill® injections are typically very well tolerated with only one to seven days of downtime following the procedure. Side effects are mild, and most patients are able to resume their normal activities directly following the injections.
The ideal candidate for a Bellafill® injection is over 21 years old and looking for an effective and well-studied semi-permanent solution for common facial cosmetic lines, wrinkles, and folds or acne scarring.
Not Recommended For
Bellafill® is not recommended for women who are pregnant or nursing, immunocompromised individuals, those susceptible to thick scar formation, and anyone with a history of severe allergies.
Common side effects of Bellafill® injections include redness, firmness, tenderness, itchiness, lumps or bumps, site infection, and/or bruising and discoloration. A serious complication of a Bellafill® injection is intravascular injection (injection into a blood vessel) leading to skin necrosis. Severe allergic reactions can occur.