Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is one of the first practices in the world to offer Bellafill for patients interested in eliminating pitted acne scars. Bellafill® is an FDA-approved skin filler for the correction of facial acne scars in patients over the age of 21.
If you suffer from pitted acne scars, you are not alone. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting up to 40–50 million Americans. A significant number of acne sufferers go on to develop devastating scarring. Scars are more than skin deep and have been shown to cause high levels of anxiety and self-consciousness. In an independent study, 92% said that if their acne scars were healed, it would restore or improve their self-confidence. Now with Bellafill, acne scar sufferers have a new FDA-approved treatment option that is proven to be safe and effective with minimal to no recovery.
Individual results may vary.
The procedure involves an injection of Bellafill® underneath each acne scar. Bellafill® immediately adds volume below the scar which lifts it to the level of the surrounding skin- producing smoother skin contours. Bellafill® is different from other skin fillers– it restores the skin (rather than simply filling it) for natural, enduring results. An additional benefit of Bellafill® is that its PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports your body’s own collagen production. Patients can resume regular activities- including exercise- within 24 hours. Clinical results are evident immediately with effectiveness observed for up to 1 year.
Benefits of Bellafill Acne Scar Treatment
Bellafill Acne Scar Treatment FAQ
What is Bellafill?
Bellafill is a smooth collagen-based dermal filler with polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) microspheres. The collagen gel in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift to correct the wrinkle and/or acne scar. The PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a base that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin.
What are the microspheres in Bellafill made of?
The microspheres are composed of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA), a biocompatible material that has been used in medical implants for 65 years.
How does it work?
The collagen in Bellafill provides immediate volume and lift. Over time, the collagen is reabsorbed while the PMMA microspheres remain in place and create a base (or scaffold) that provides structural support for smoother-looking skin.
Where and how is Bellafill® available for purchase?
Bellafill is available at select physician offices across the country. The Washington Institute of Dermatologic Laser Surgery is one of the few providers in the DC Metropolitan area.
Will it work for me?
In a clinical trial, Bellafill was shown to work equally well in men and women with a variety of skin types. You should inform your physician if you have a bleeding disorder, a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring.
Is it safe?
Bellafill has a proven safety profile and has been approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
When will I see results?
Bellafill replaces lost volume in the skin below the acne scar for results that are immediate and lasting.
What’s the downtime?
You can return to normal activities right away. You may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually temporary and typically resolve within 1–7 days.
How long does it last?
In clinical trials, Bellafill showed significant improvement in smile lines and acne scars at 6 months after injection and improvement was maintained for 12 months in most study participants.
Who can receive treatment with Bellafill?
Patients must be 21 years of age or older and receive the required skin test prior to treatment. In clinical studies, Bellafill was shown to work in men and women with any skin type. If you have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, have bleeding disorders, or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring, inform your physician. Please consult your physician and refer to the Instructions for Use for a full list of contraindications.
How much does Bellafill cost?
The cost of Bellafill varies depending on how many syringes are required to obtain optimal correction. Your physician will personalize a treatment plan that fits your time and budget during your consultation.
What can Bellafill be used for?
In the U.S., Bellafill is indicated for the correction of moderate to severe atrophic, distensible facial (cheek) acne scars in individuals over the age of 21 years. Bellafill is also approved for the correction of facial wrinkles known as nasolabial folds or smile lines.
What is the difference between Bellafill and ArteFill?
Bellafill is the new name for ArteFill in North America. It is distributed under the trade name ArteFill in South Korea and Singapore. ArteFill was rebranded to Bellafill in the U.S. to reflect the transformational outcomes this unique product can provide to patients seeking correction of their acne scars and nasolabial folds. In markets outside of the U.S., the product is only approved for nasolabial folds.
When did Bellafill receive FDA approval for the treatment of acne scars and how long has Bellafill been available in the U.S.?
Bellafill was FDA approved in October 2006 (under the name ArteFill) for treating nasolabial folds (smile lines). In December 2014, Bellafill was approved by the FDA for the correction of moderate to severe atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.
What is the physical and emotional impact of acne scars?
Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting up to 40–50 million Americans. A significant number of acne sufferers go on to develop devastating scarring. Physician and patient market research shows relatively low satisfaction with many treatments and patients making trade-offs between efficacy, longevity, safety, downtime, and cost.