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Introduction

Bellafill® (formally Artefill®) is an injectable filler that provides natural looking correction while restoring facial volume. It is also effective in the treatment of acne scars.

Bellafill® is different from temporary injectable fillers. The unique microspheres in Bellafill® are not absorbed by the body and provide the support your skin needs for natural looking results. It also has been found to last longer* than other fillers.

If you have used temporary fillers in the past, then you know that they are eventually absorbed by your body and require frequent repeat injections to maintain the results you’ve come to love.

Dr. Pierone is the leading injector of Bellafill® in the United States and is a nationally recognized trainer and researcher. He has performed over 20,000 procedures with dermal fillers.

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How Does it Work?

How Bellafill works

Bellafill® is an FDA-approved, natural looking dermal filler comprised of collagen and PMMA microspheres.

Unlike other types of fillers, Bellafill® replaces collagen in the face and restructures the skin to support natural looking results.

The effects of Bellafill® come from the collagen, which is absorbed by the body over time. The PMMA microspheres provide enduring wrinkle correction by creating a support matrix for the body’s natural collagen. The unique microspheres in Bellafill® are not absorbed by the body and create a support matrix for wrinkle correction by working together with your body’s own collagen.

Upon injection, the collagen in Bellafill® visibly reduces the wrinkles right away and the microspheres provide support for your skin. Your body’s own collagen works together with the microspheres to provide natural feeling wrinkle reduction.

Acne Scar Treatment

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has recently approved the dermal filler, Bellafill®, for the treatment of acne scars. Bellafill® represents a significant clinical advancement as the only filler on the market approved for this disfiguring skin condition. Acne is the most common skin disorder in the U.S., affecting 40-50 million people and up to 95% of people with acne may go on to suffer from scarring. Bellafill® was studied extensively prior to its FDA approval and proven to be safe and effective for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.

“These types of acne scars affect millions of people and can have a profoundly negative impact on their self-esteem and self-confidence,” said Nicholas L. Teti, Jr., Chairman and CEO at Suneva Medical. “The results of this rigorous clinical study prove that Bellafill® reduces the appearance of acne scars—providing a solution to this widespread skin condition that previously had limited treatment choices. Bellafill® can have a transformational effect on a patient’s appearance and in turn, we hope an improvement in quality of life.”

In an independent study, more than 70% of respondents felt their acne scars negatively impacted their self-confidence, with 92% indicating self-confidence would be restored or improved if their acne scars were healed. (*reference) To help treat disfiguring acne scars, Bellafill® adds volume to the skin to lift and smooth out pitted acne scars to the level of the surrounding skin. The treatment is a simple, in-office procedure with minimal to no downtime.

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What to Expect

Bellafill® is injected with the assistance of a microcannula, the latest revolution in injection techniques!

Using a technique known as skin sculpting, we will literally slide the Microcannula under your skin so that the filler can be applied with practically no pain or bruising for the patient.

There is typically a low incidence of side effects with Bellafill®, but expect redness after treatment, mild swelling and mild discomfort 24 hours after treatment.

Important Safety Information
Bellafill® is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years.

Reference: www.bellafill.com

What does Bellafill® do?

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Proven to last for 5 years. Up to 10 Years*

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Provides Noticeable Results

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Look and feels natural

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Makes Economic Sense

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Proven Safe. Proven Smart.

Bellafill® Cost

Bellafill® / Artefill® is priced $800 per syringe and $3,500 per box of 5.   A full treatment can require anywhere from 2-5+ syringes. Product duration 5+ years.

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FAQs

Is it safe?

Bellafill® is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, 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 should not receive Bellafill®. The safety of Bellafill® for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or in patients under 21 has not been established. You may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually transient and typically resolve within 1–7 days. You may experience lumps/bumps/papules that may occur more than one month after injection and that may persist. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, lumps/bumps, acne, and increased sensitivity at treatment sites. Infrequently, granulomas may occur and may be treated by Dr. Pierone. Based on the 5-year Post-Approval Study on nasolabial folds with 1,008 patients, long-term safety of Bellafill® for up to 5 years has been established.(2)

Will it work for me?

In a clinical trial, Bellafill® was shown to work equally well with all skin types, and in men and women. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, 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 should not receive Bellafill®.

When will I see results?

Bellafill® replaces lost volume in the skin below the wrinkle for correction that is noticeable and lasting.(2)

What's the downtime?

You can return to normal activities right away. As with any injectable dermal filler, you may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually transient and typically resolve within 1-7 days.

How long does it last?

The PMMA microspheres provide a microscopic ‘matrix’ to support your body’s own natural collagen production and re-create the firm structure of younger-looking skin for lasting correction, proven effective through 5 years(2). This number is potentially much higher but has not been tested in long duration clinical trials.

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References: 1. Gottfried Lemperle, et. al., ArteFill® Permanent Injectable for Soft Tissue Augmentation: I. Mechanism of Action and Injection Techniques., Aesthetic Plast Surg. 2010 Jun;34(3):264–72. 2. Bellafill® [Instructions for Use]. San Diego, CA: Suneva Medical, Inc.; 2015. 3. Jacob CI, Dover JS, Kaminer MS. Acne scarring: A classification system and review of treatment options. J Am Acad Dermatol; July 2001; 109-117. 4. Data on file. Suneva Medical, Inc. 5. Haneke et al. Polymethyl Methacrylate Microspheres in Collagen. Semin Cutan Med Surg 23:227-232,2004. 6. Cohen et al. Artecoll: A Long-Lasting Injectable Wrinkle Filler Material: Report of a Controlled, Randomized, Multicenter Clinical Trial of 251 Subjects. Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 114: 964,2004. 7. American Academy of Dermatology, http://www.aad.org/media-resources/stats-and-facts/conditions/acne#.Uc2hG_nvt8F. 8. Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive and Aesthetic Surgery, 2008, http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S1748681508003951. 9. Formula PR Independent Study, 2013. 10. Suneva Medical AAD Advisory Board, August 2015, data on file.

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