Bellafill Treatment in Novato, California
Bellafill(formerly known as Artefill and Artecoll) is an injectable dermal filler that has been around for over two decades in parts of Europe and Canada. It was approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) about a decade ago and has proven to be successful among the plastic surgeons here in Novato, California.Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D., a board-certified plastic surgeon, is an expert injector of Bellafill and has been delivering outstanding results with it for his clients at his Novato, Marin County, California office.
What Makes Bellafill Unique?
So, what really sets apart Bellafillfrom its competitors? The biggest advantage Bellafill has over other dermal fillers is that its effects and results are longer lasting. Contrastingly, most leading injectable fillers provide temporary solutions and can only rejuvenate your looks for about nine months to a year. These temporary dermal fillers contain natural ingredients found within the body; thus, they get absorbed over time and require multiple treatments to keep the face looking youthful.
Bellafill is largely composed ofcollagen (about 80%) as well as some polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA). Even though collagen is a natural ingredient found in our body, polymethyl methacrylate is not. These polymethyl methacrylate microspheres are foreign to the body, so although theyare not harmful, the body does not absorb it. While the collagen is eventually absorbed into the body in about six months, the polymethyl methacrylate remains and stimulates collagen growth. As a result, the body’s natural collagens grow over these microspheres causing the outcome of the treatment to last for a long period. In fact, records have indicated that it can last up to ten years!
*Results may vary.
However, being a long lasting filer, Bellafill does have a downside. Since polymethyl methacrylate is not absorbed by the body, if something goes wrong after the procedure, these microspheres will have to be surgically removed. Therefore, our board-certified plastic surgeon Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. warns against receiving dermal fillers or any cosmetic procedure from someone who is not a skilled and certified doctor.
Let’s take a look at areas where Bellafill can produce the best results. Bellafillis a great option for the midface region (i.e. volumizing the cheeks or uplifting depressed areas). Moreover, it can treat a wide variety of wrinkles and creases. Some common ones are:
- Nasolabial folds
- Forehead creases
- Hollows under the eyes
- Glabellar lines
- Marionette lines
The ideal candidates for Bellafillare those individuals who have tried temporary dermal fillers to treat the abovementioned conditions, but are now looking for a more lasting solution. Moreover, Bellafill is also an optimal alternative to surgical facelift procedures for those who are not ready to go under the knife.
Helpful Tips Regarding the Procedure
Before treatment, it is necessary to do the following:
- Stop using aspirin as well as St. John’s Wort
- Avoid anti-inflammatory medications such as Ibuprofen and Aleve
- Avoid using fish oil
This is done to lower the risks of excessive bleeding or bruising.
After treatment, the following should be done:
- Continue to avoid the abovementioned items for at least a week after treatment
- Use cold compresses
- Avoid touching the treated area
- Protect the treated area from excessive heat and sunlight.
Consulting With Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. in Novato, California
As you can see, Bellafill is a viable option to many facial conditions, but it also poses some risks. That’s why it is important to discuss your needs with a qualified plastic surgeon before coming to a conclusion. Dr. Miguel Delgado, M.D. a board-certified plastic surgeon of Novato, Marin County, will be happy to offer proper guidance to you. Please, send us a message or give us a call to book your consultation.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on patient condition and specific needs.