Does Bellafill work for shallow acne scars? What are the risks involved in Bellafill filler?

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Risks of Bellafill

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Yes, Bellafill works well in shallow acne scars.  Generally, rolling scars do the best though I have seen boxcar scars do well also.  It requires usually on 1 treatment to make the scars improved.  I usually tell patients they will see a 40-50% improvement in the scars.  We perform the procedure in combination with subcision to improve the scar further.  

The risks of bellafill are the same as they are for other fillers.  Bruising, swelling, and redness occur with all fillers.  Nodule formation also occur with all fillers and can occur with bellafill as well.  Nodules are easily treated with massage and sometimes steroid injection if they occur or are bothersome.

Atlanta Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.5 out of 5 stars 50 reviews

Bellafill for Acne Scars!

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Bellafill is FDA approved for the correction of moderate to severe acne scars on the checks.Bellafill is a biostimulant facial filler that works with your body to produce collagen. The PMMA cells help replace the lost collagen from the scars. This is a short in office treatment and you see immediate results! Its a long lasting filler and well worth it! I hope this helps you on your journey!:) 

Chaitali Nangrani, MD
The Woodlands Family Physician
4.2 out of 5 stars 25 reviews

Bellafill for acne

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Yes, Bellafill works both with intradermal scars and those just under the skin causing a depressed scar. Skin testing is optional, but I do it. The particles in Bellafill are permanent and can be surgically excised if there is any long term problem

David A. F. Ellis, MD
Toronto Facial Plastic Surgeon

Bellafill for acne scars

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Bellafill is a FDA approved 5 year filler for atrophic acne scars and nasolabial folds. Bellafill is made with PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) which helps to replace lost collagen. Bellafill will replace lost volume in the skin below the acne scar. Results are immediate. You can always get a test patch before you go through with the treatment, if you are concerned for any allergic reaction. Best of luck!

Dhaval M. Patel
Double board certified
Plastic surgeon
Hoffman Estates

Dhaval M. Patel, MD
Hoffman Estates Plastic Surgeon
4.8 out of 5 stars 100 reviews

Bellafill for Acne Scars

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Bellafill has been FDA approved for shallow and deep atrophic scars.  Since this is a permanent filler it is vital to consult an experienced dermatologist for this treatment.  I often combine Bellafill with other scar treatments such as Fraxel or eMatrix.  Best, Dr. Green

Bellafill for Acne Scars

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Bellafill works for atrophic scars, which are deep or shallow. Please schedule a consultation with your provider to see if you're a good candidate for Bellafill.

David J. Sire, MD
Fullerton Dermatologic Surgeon

Bellafill for acne scars

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Bellafill has been FDA approved for reduction of atrophic, distensible acne scars in men and women over 21 years of age. These types of scars tend to be shallow and are able to flatten out when stretched manually. To see if Bellafill would be a good choice for your acne scars, an in-person consultation is needed to assess your condition and determine if Bellafill or another treatment option such as laser therapy or surgical repair would be better.

Mitchel P. Goldman, MD
San Diego Dermatologic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 26 reviews

Bellafill for acne scars

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It is FDA approved for acne scars and is the only filler approved for this. It works best for distensible scars, the ones that flatten when they are stretched. It usually requires 2 treatments. The risks are less than normal fillers but include: bruising, infection, lumps, nodules, granulomas, poor cosmetic results. It is the most studied filler of all the ones on the market and has 5 year study data showing it is safe and effective as a filler.

Steven F. Weiner, MD
Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 75 reviews

Bellafill for acne scars

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Bellafill works well for rolling acne scars. They tend to be shallow and disappears when you stretch the skin around it. The FDA has approved Bellafill for this purpose and they looked at the safety data very carefully since the stuff is basically permanent. As of this date, Bellafill is only available internationally in 4 countries. Most international complications are due to products that have PMMA microbeads and are manufactured by other companies. Stick to Bellafill and you should be OK.
See link for 5 year safety data.

Peter T. Truong, MD
Fresno Oculoplastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 42 reviews

Bellafill for Acne Scars

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Bellafill is perhaps the best treatment we have for acne scars! It works best for scars that are soft and rolling. The heavy thick scars and the ice pick scars that acne can cause are often better treated with either excision or steroids before using Bellafill. Many patients we see have tried just about everything, including chemical peels, laser resurfacing and dermabrasion to no avail and they are thrilled with the results of Bellafill.

Because it lasts so long, you should be aware of the risks and benefits of these types of fillers. I have added a video that may help you.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Brian Windle, MD
Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
4.9 out of 5 stars 64 reviews

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