Bellafill For Which Type Of Wrinkles?
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 2, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I find the concept of a 5-year filler like Bellafill to be very interesting as I’m tired of refilling with fillers every year or so. It’s also become very costly to keep returning for regular repeat treatments. I have fine lines over my cheeks and lips as well as deep smiles lines and those awful “puppet lines.” What type of lines can Bellafill be used for?
Answer: Yours is an important question since patients often believe that the many injectable fillers are interchangeable. However, each filler is specifically designed to be injected at a certain depth in the skin and used only for certain purposes.
The first Bellafill treatment is typically conservative with only 50 to 70 percent of the total amount being injected. This initial treatment lays down the basic framework and evens out asymmetries. A portion of the Bellafill is saved and injected during a second session four weeks later for finer tuning. Occasionally, for larger areas, a third treatment is needed for a final tweaking.
Unlike Restylane Silk or Juvederm XC, Bellafill is a volumization filler for hollowing in the cheeks, temples and under eyes. Bellafill is also used for deep lines and grooves such as the deep nasolabial smile lines and marionette or “puppet lines” at the mouth corners. Bellafill is not designed to improve very fine lip lines or other finer facial lines.
In answer to your question, Bellafill could be very effective and natural looking for your deep nasolabial folds and mouth corner grooves. In terms of the fine lines around your lips and in the cheek area, you may continue to use temporary fillers for those fines every 6 to 12 months. Alternatively, PRP with fat stem cells is a long-term option.
I have been using protein-rich plasma(PRP) combined with stem cells, using a proprietary mixing technique, and injecting this into fine facial lines. The benefits of this procedure are that the injected material is purely derived from your own body’s tissues and not a foreign substance. Because the PRP contains a high concentration of growth factors, these growth factors stimulate the stem cells, derived from fat, to differentiate into collagen-producing cells. The results are much longer lasting compared to that of commercially available fillers.
The combination of Bellafill for your deep lines and grooves and PRP/fat-derived stem cells for your finer facial lines can be a very effective facial rejuvenation tool that can avoid the high cost of frequent maintenance treatments with temporary fillers.
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