Bellafill / Artefill treatment is commonly used for wrinkles, under the eye, crow’s feet and marionette lines. Learn the advantages and disadvantages from San Francisco’s finest skin experts at Azalasf.com
In the world of dermal fillers there are two competing categories: temporary and semi-permanent. Temporary hyaluronic acid (HA) fillers generally last somewhere between 6-24 months before slowly being absorbed by the body. Then there’s the semi-permanent variety such as Bellafill which up until 2014 used to be called Artefill®. Bellafill® is classified as semi-permanent filler because it contains 20% polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres that don’t break down the same way as hyaluronic acid.
Bellafill® is injected into the skin with a needle and has some immediate plumping effect; however, as the gel is absorbed over 3-6 months the filler’s real objective is to have the body build collagen in the foundation or ‘framework’ created by the microspheres to help with volume and plumpness.
Bellafill® requires a patch test and a waiting period between 24-48 hours. HA filler does not because hyaluronic acid doesn’t contain any animal proteins. Bellafill® on the other hand consists of 80% bovine (cow) collagen so there’s always the risk of allergic reaction. Although the bovine collagen gel is highly purified and allergy risk is less than 1% according to the manufacturer, nonetheless all the necessary precautions must be followed prior to injection to ensure patient safety. Furthermore, a growing population of patients who object to using or consuming animal products may not consider Bellafill® as a suitable option.
The semi-permanent nature of Bellafill® can also be its downfall. In cases of unsatisfactory results or complications, it cannot be dissolved or reversed. The only course of action would be to have the filler surgically removed or simply live with the outcome. Any correction would have to be done with more Bellafill®, as mixing polymethyl methacrylate with a pure hyaluronic acid filler such as Restylane or Juvederm, could have potentially negative and unpredictable consequences, and many physicians will not attempt to layer the two fillers in one area.
Dr. Mosser and his experienced team of clinicians have chosen to work exclusively with Allergan’s Juvederm® and Restylane® by Galderma because these two companies embody the excellence and quality they want to offer to their patients. One major advantage with both of these fillers is that they are completely reversible with hyaluronidase (an enzyme that dissolves hyaluronic acid).
Juvederm® Vycross® is Allergan’s most recent addition of specialized fillers with excellent longevity, smooth feel upon injection, and natural appearance. Juvederm® Voluma is specifically designed to elevate the lateral cheeks and restore volume to the mid-face. Juvederm® Vollure is indicated to treat nasolabial folds but can be used for marionette lines as well. Juvederm® Volbella gives a subtle lip enhancement and fills in tear troughs.
Azala Medical Aesthetics also offers Restylane®, a brand of dermal fillers with well-established safety record for over 20 years. Restylane® Defyne, Restylane® Lyft and Restylane® Silk provide additional options that can help patients achieve a more customized approach to facial rejuvenation.
Whether Juvederm® or Restylane® is the right filler for you, when you visit Azala Medical Aesthetic you can be rest assured that all your skin rejuvenation needs will be taken care of by highly professional and experienced clinicians.
To learn more about Juvederm® and Restylane® schedule your initial consultation with Azala Medical Aesthetics call us at 415-780-1510
* Individual results may vary, and not guaranteed.