A special guest article by Brian Windle, MD, an American Board Certified Plastic Surgeon practicing in Kirkland, WA.
Bellafill, which is actually Artefill (the makers of Artefill rebranded it to Bellafill in December, 2014) is now FDA approved for the treatment of acne scars.
This is significant since acne scarring which can significantly lower the self-esteem of those affected has not had many great treatment options. Those that have been available like laser or chemical peel have a significant down time, can be very costly and the results are frequently disappointing.
Artefill or Bellafill is a filler that is long lasting (at least 5 years) and can be used to build up the tissue under the acne scar to achieve a much more smooth skin surface without causing the damage that lasers and chemical peels cause.
Bellafill | Artefill is the only dermal filler or wrinkle filler that is FDA approved for acne scars. Bellafill has a very high patient satisfaction rating in the pivotal studies presented to the FDA and the safety profile or complication rates in these studies was actually better than all of the other fillers including the complication rates for Juvederm
Long Lasting Results
Bellafill or Artefill will last at least 5 years according to the formal long term studies recently submitted to the FDA. The original studies of the inventor, Dr. Lemperle show 15 years of longevity for Artefill or Bellafill.
How Does Bellafill Work?
Bellafill is made up mostly of bovine collagen that provides immediate lift and volume at the time of injection. The collagen is then absorbed by the body over the next 3 or 4 months during which time, the polymethyl-methacrylate microspheres (PMMA) which make up a small amount of the original filler (10%) act as a bio-stimulant, inducing you to so that you replace make own collagen and tissue.
Have questions about Artefill or Bellafill? Ask Dr. Windle by calling her office at 800-609-5614 or by submitting a question on his profile.