Frequency Of Injectable Filler Treatments
Posted: 9:00 a.m. Sunday, Sept 2, 2018
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I had Bellafill injected into my hollow cheeks and my plastic surgeon had told me that the treatment would be broken up into two treatments, one month apart. My swelling after the first treatment is gone and I’m wondering why my surgeon won’t do the second part of the treatment sooner than four weeks?
Answer: Bellafill is a collagen stimulator. The Bellafill crystal stimulates your collagen which responds in a minimum of 4 to 6 weeks for the average patient. Even if your swelling from the first treatment resolved quickly, your final result is likely to be more accurate if you wait the full four weeks. If Bellafill is injected sooner and you’re still producing collagen, the treated area may end up looking overfilled in the final result.
The interval between serial filler injections does depend on the filler. For instance, with hyaluronic acid fillers such as Restylane and Juvederm, treatment of the same area can be done sooner than three weeks if the swelling has resolved since these products don’t really stimulate collagen.
Of course, if you are having Bellafill injections in a completely different area from that of the initial injection, then there is no waiting interval. This approach is true for most other temporary fillers as well.
It’s also important to communicate with your plastic surgeon if you are having other treatments such as Botox or lasers. Sometimes such minimally invasive treatments cannot all be performed on the same day as filler treatments. Of course, this will depend on which areas are being treated and the type of aging concerns you have.
Consulting with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who is thoroughly experienced in all of these procedures and can make the optimal recommendations for your unique situation is the first step.
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