Put an End to Acne Scarring with Bellafill®

June is Acne Awareness Month.  Is severe, or cystic acne part of your skin’s past?  If so, you may still struggle with the scars it left behind.  Each year, millions of Americans seek out treatments like deep laser resurfacing and microneedling to help smooth and improve the appearance of their acne scarring.  Although effective, some of these treatments may have significant downtime and be contraindicated for specific skin colors.  Many people never consider treating their acne scarring with an injectable filler, but FDA-approved Bellafill may be precisely the solution you’re looking for to put an end to your acne scarring!

 

 

 

What is Bellafill?

Bellafill is the only long-term filler that’s FDA approved to treat distensible acne scars for up to one year. Unlike its dermal filling counterparts like Voluma™ and Juvederm®, which are comprised of hyaluronic acid (HA), Bellafill is a collagen-based injectable filler made of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). 

 

 

How does Bellafill work on acne scarring?

Acne scarring is caused by your skin’s response to the inflammation and bacteria in a deep acne lesion.  This bacteria or infection may break the wall of the sebaceous gland and seep into surrounding tissues.  As a result, your body sends white blood cells to the site to fight the infection.  Unfortunately, as these macrophages destroy the offending bacteria, they also damage surrounding collagen and elastin, resulting in a depressed scar.

 

 

Bellafill works by injecting volume back into those depressed scars and restoring fullness and smoothness to the surface of your skin.  It is effective in most forms of depressed scarring and chicken pox marks.  Unlike laser resurfacing, Bellafill is safe on all skin types and colors.

Over time, the collagen in Bellafill is reabsorbed while the PMMA microspheres are left behind. They create a supportive base that allows more of your own collagen to develop, resulting in smoother-looking skin in the long term.

 

What happens during a Bellafill treatment?

 

Once your provider has identified you as a good candidate for Bellafill, she will apply a topical numbering cream to the areas of your scarring.  The product will then be injected into these depressed scars to restore volume and smoothness.  The number of syringes of Bellafill you will need is dependent upon the severity of your scarring. 

 

Immediately after your treatment, the injection site may be tender and slightly red.  These symptoms are typical and will subside quickly.  You will notice an immediate improvement in the appearance of your scarring.  Your provider may recommend that you return in one month for a second treatment to see if further correction is needed. 

Your Bellafill results will last up to a year or more.  The best part is that the PMMA that is left behind will improve the support and structure of your skin so your scarring will improve even if you are never treated with Bellafill again!

 

Are you interested in smoothing your acne scarring with an injectable?  Schedule a complimentary consultation to discuss Bellafill with a Clinical Skin Therapeutics injection specialist!

 

 

 

Author
Clinical Skin Therapeutics

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