A large majority of individuals who suffer from severe acne will subsequently have to deal with the effects of acne scarring. These pockets and indentations in the skin left by acne can be difficult to cover up and can come accompanied by the emotional impacts linked to efforts to conceal them. Dermatologists and cosmetic surgeons have been long been on the hunt for a more effective solution to acne scarring treatment. While topical creams can reduce redness in minor scarring cases, these over-the-counter solutions often prove ineffective for those suffering from deeper, more pronounced scars.
Laser treatment has been the most common recommendation for patients looking for permanent results in treating acne scars. While multiple treatments are necessary to achieve desired results, it can be a long-term process, making immediate results difficult. Similarly, fillers have long been a viable, effective and safe option but come with the understanding that patients will need to visit their physician every 4-6 months for new injections. Fortunately, the fields of dermatology and cosmetic surgery are ever-evolving with innovative solutions constantly being discovered. Bellafill dermal fillers are a recent addition to the market and are proving highly effective when it comes to treating deep acne scars.
Bellafill is a collagen-based filler that includes polymethyl methacrylate microspheres (PMMA). Once the dual-action solution is injected, the collagen is absorbed by the body and works quickly to create lasting volume while the PMMA remains rooted in place to smooth out skin and creating a sturdy foundation underneath filled scars. Where laser treatments are able to treat shallow scars, Bellafill dermal filers can be injected deeper into the skin, providing maximum results for patients struggling with more pronounced skin pockets and indentations.
Before Bellafill dermal fillers for acne scars is administered, a patient will undergo a skin test to rule out any potential allergies to the solution. If it determined that the patient is suitable for treatment, larger scars will be treated with a specialized needle below the surface of the skin prior to injection in order to release the scarring tethers and prime the area for the procedure. This initial step is generally painless for patients as a local anesthetic is applied to eliminate sensation in the area. Once the scar tethers have been primed, Bellafill is injected to fill the scar.
Acne scarring can equally affect both men and women, therefore, Bellafill was created as a solution for both genders and for all skin types. Ideal candidates for this type of treatment are those that do not suffer from traditional collagen or bovine collagen allergies. Similarly, prime candidates for Bellafill are free from bleeding disorders and are not allergic to lidocaine.
Patients who elect to have Bellafill injected can expect to see immediate and long-lasting results. As compared to traditional fillers that require replacement every 4 to 6-months, Bellafill lasts up to 5-years for patients treating nasolabial folds and 12-months for deep acne scars.
A Bellafill treatment comes with virtually no downtime and patients are free to resume their normal, everyday activities once treatment is complete. Most patients report minimal itching, redness, pain, bruising and discoloration at the point of injection. This type of pain is easily treated with over-the-counter pain medication and generally disappears within a day or two after treatment.
Every patient is unique, and the skin requires a customized treatment plan to achieve successful results. The cost of treatment is dependent on the number of syringes required for the physician to achieve the desired outcome. Patients will discuss the treatment specifics including the syringe count prior to undergoing the procedure.
It’s important that patients discuss Bellafill with their insurance providers prior to having the treatment done. While many insurance companies categorize Bellafill as exclusively cosmetic, there are some plans that may provide coverage based on underlying medical conditions. Be sure to speak to an insurance representative for your specific plan to see if you qualify.
The caring and professional team at the Laser Lipo and Vein Center of St. Louis knows that dealing with acne scars is both a physical and emotional endeavor. We are dedicated to ensuring that every patient feels comfortable and cared for when they walk through our doors. The first step for patients interested in the benefits of Bellafill is to schedule an initial consultation with Dr. Wright. This consultation is important as it provides the time for a patient’s medical history to be reviewed and for Dr. Wright to perform a skin analysis before recommending treatment options. Patients will have ample opportunity to discuss their goals, questions, and concerns during this initial consultation. Our team believes that patient care is comprehensive, and we work hard to partner with each individual to create a personalized plan that fits your level of comfort. Click here to contact us!