Bellafill Treatments | Beverly Hills | Santa Monica | Ava MD


Bellafill is a unique dermal filler, in that it lasts the longest out of any currently FDA approved filler on the market! Plus, it recently became the first and only FDA-approved dermal filler for acne scar treatment, on top of its prior FDA approval for reduction of nasolabial folds. Bellafill is a semi-permanent filler, with results that last for up to 5 years and beyond. Unfortunately, any true permanent cosmetic anti-aging treatment is impossible, because our faces continue to change over time, but Bellafill is the most effective option available for slowing that change.

Dr. Ava in Santa Monica offers Bellafill for her patients who want a longer-term solution for their smile lines, or a simple and non-invasive treatment for their acne scars. Dr. Ava and Dr. Van Dyke at Ava MD are expert Bellafill injectors, which means that they have the experience and skill needed to find the best results possible. In addition, Ava MD was the site for Bellafill clinical trials, giving our dermatology team in-depth understanding of the Bellafill treatment process from its early stages. To learn more about Bellafill and what it can do for you, contact Ava MD at 310-843-9915 (Beverly Hills) or 310-828-2282 (Santa Monica) today.

What is Bellafill?

Bellafill treatment is a facial filler meant for nasolabial folds and certain types of acne scars. It is formulated with bovine collagen and PMMA microspheres, which create a matrix that supports production of the body’s own collagen over time. PMMA is a safe, medical-grade substance that has been used in medical implants for years and helps the skin naturally become supple and firm over time.

Bellafill treatment works in two stages: first, the bovine collagen provides immediate volume and lift, smoothing folds and scars. Next, the PMMA microspheres work over time to stimulate the body to produce more of its own collagen, providing long-lasting and natural results. Bellafill treatment in Santa Monica has been proven safe and effective, and is FDA cleared for 5-year results.

Derma Filler for Nasolabial Folds

Bellafill has been FDA approved for the treatment of nasolabial folds since 2006, and has been used safely and effectively for long-term treatment ever since then. Nasolabial folds, also known a smile lines, are those lines that run from the nose to the corners of the mouth. As we age, these folds become deeper due to loss of collagen and elasticity, and can make a person look older, tired, or upset. Bellafill treatment can plump and smooth these folds, allowing for a more youthful and bright expression.

What is the Bellafill Procedure Like?

Similar to other injectable acne scar treatments, Bellafill is administered with a very fine needle in order to make the injections as comfortable and unnoticeable as possible. Since Bellafill is formulated with the anesthetic lidocaine, the injections produce a numbing effect, easing any pain or discomfort. Patients who are particularly worried about needles can receive a topical anesthetic to relieve any potential pain and worry prior to the treatment. Depending on the number of injections, it only takes a few minutes to administer Bellafill and patients can expect to see plumpness and volume immediately after the appointment. The collagen provides an instant effect, while the PMMA remains even after the injected collagen is absorbed, creating a foundation for the skin’s natural collagen and elastin, which develops over the next several months. As a result, Bellafill offers immediate results with long-lasting effects, making it the most effective and long-term dermal filler available.

The Bellafill injections are so quick that patients do not have to worry about taking an incredible amount of time out of their day. Many patients can stop in at AvaMD for a Bellafill session during their lunch hour. The potential side effects include swelling, bruising, and redness, however, these typically fade within 24 hours. In some rare cases, a patient may develop lumps or granulomas under the skin, itchiness, or increased sensitivity, which can be addressed by your dermatologist.

Dermal Filler for Acne Scar Treatments

Bellafill is currently the only dermal filler on the market that is FDA approved for treatment of acne scars! It is a strong entry into the field of acne scar treatments, and can be used in combination with other acne scar treatments, such as laser resurfacing or chemical peels, for a more comprehensive result.

Bellafill treatment can be used on scars that are atrophic and distensible. This means that it works best on shallow scars that can disappear if manually stretched. For other types of scars, such as icepick or boxcar scars, other types of acne scar treatments may work better. It’s best to talk to a board-certified dermatologist in Los Angeles with experience treating acne scars to get a custom plan for your particular case. Scars can be difficult to treat, but with the right dermatologist, they can be significantly reduced.

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Schedule a Consultation Today for Acne Scar Treatment

If you are suffering from nasolabial folds or shallow acne scar treatment, you may be a good candidate for Bellafill treatment in Santa Monica. To schedule your consultation, just call 310-843-9915 (Beverly Hills) or 310-828-2282 (Santa Monica) today!