Collagen stimulation with Bellafill® vs. Infini
Posted: 4:08 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 16, 2014
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I have Bellafill® in my cheek hollows. I know it works by stimulating your own body’s collagen. I also heard Infini® improves wrinkles and tightens loose skin by stimulating collagen. If both stimulate collagen, can the Bellafill® in my cheeks also smooth out the lines and wrinkles in my face instead of doing Infini?
Answer: Not really. The field of Facial Plastic Surgery has evolved in terms of collagen stimulating products and devices which are much more effective than those in the past. Unlike the body, where collagen only makes up 30 percent of our skin’s protein, about 75 percent of our facial skin protein is collagen.
Aging collagen is largely responsible for wrinkles, fine lines, poor skin texture and sagging skin. Loss of facial volume, however, is due to a combination of bone and fat loss as well as collagen degeneration.
While it’s true that both Bellafill® and Infini stimulate your body’s own collagen, they are not used for the same purpose in the face. Bellafill® is a filler injected into specific facial zones to restore volume that has been lost with age. Collagen stimulation tends to occur three dimensionally due the nature of the injection method.
Infini, on the other hand, is a radiofrequency “laser” device for treating broader areas such as the entire face and neck. Unlike hollowing from volume loss, wrinkles and sagging tend to occur along two-dimensional tissue planes. Infini stimulates collagen more along these larger tissue sheets in a two-dimensional manner.
A thorough consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who understands the intricate facial anatomy of aging and can accurately assess your collagen needs is a crucial step in your facial rejuvenation treatment plan.