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When patients are looking to restore a youthful look by replenishing lost volume, Irvine cosmetic surgeon, Dr. Marguerite Bernett, often recommends Bellafill. A unique injectable filler on the market today, Bellafill can add volume instantaneously to the skin to lift lines and wrinkles. Dr. Bernett uses Bellafill for patients over the age of 21 for the smile lines (the lines between the nose and the mouth), and in some cases, it can be used to fill and lift acne scars for smoother skin. The filler is made up of PMMA microspheres, which integrates into the skin to form a matrix to support the generation of collagen to provide results for 1 – 5 years.


When choosing Bellafill, it’s important to understand how the injectable filler works. Since it’s collagen-based, the collagen works to add volume and lift the skin, especially lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. Comprised of PMMA (a biocompatible material), these microspheres stay in place in order to form a matrix to support the body’s natural production of collagen.

This in-office treatment takes around 30 minutes to complete and a patient will be given an allergy test ahead of time. Prior to the injection, the doctor will determine the correct dosage and injection site to meet the patient’s needs and expectations. A numbing cream can be used to minimize discomfort. After the appropriate locations are marked, the doctor will administer Bellafill through a thin syringe into the skin.


Results are instantaneous with Bellafill and patients will immediately notice more volume with diminished lines, wrinkles, and acne scars. Patients should expect some redness and mild swelling at the injection site, but these symptoms should resolve in about 1 day. There’s no downtime with Bellafill, so patients can return to their normal activities immediately afterwards.

Over the following few days, the skin will continuously improve for smoother, firmer skin with less lines and wrinkles. With correction and improvement of the smile lines, patients can see positive results for up to 5 years. When used for acne scars, results last around 1 year.


Patients can expect Bellafill to cost around $1,000 per syringe. Patients should bear in mind that more than one injection is often needed to achieve maximum results. The cost is normally higher than other fillers since the results are more dramatic and longer lasting. Since this is a cosmetic treatment, insurance normally doesn’t cover any of the cost.


When you’re looking for a filler that’s not only effective in adding volume and transforming the look of lines and wrinkles but also has long-lasting results, Bellafill could be the best choice for you. Unique in its makeup, ability to immediately transform the skin, and dramatic results, many patients and doctors are reaching for the filler. To learn more about Bellafill and to see if you’re a candidate, call our office to schedule a consultation as soon as possible.

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