Do you ever look at your reflection in the mirror and feel like you look older than you should due to “permanent ” bags under your eyes? Do you wish there was an effective solution for acne scars? With Bellafill at SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA, you don’t have to settle for your appearance. Here’s what you need to know.
How Long Will Bellafill Last After My Treatment?
On average, Bellafill lasts smooths away undereye bags and smile lines for seven years after injection. However, the results may only last five or six years depending on your skin health, overall health, age, and lifestyle. When used to treat acne scars, 90% of people who received this treatment were still satisfied with the results after one year.
How Can I Extend My Treatment Results?
You can extend your treatment results by making a conscious effort to protect the health of your collagen. Collagen is a special type of protein that simultaneously tightens, lifts, volumizes, and hydrates your skin. To protect the health of your collagen, do not consume any tobacco products, minimize alcohol consumption, stay hydrated, and minimize exposure to UV rays.
The older you get, the more important it is to pay attention to the health of your skin. Starting at the age of 25, your skin’s production rate of collagen starts to decrease significantly. Therefore, you need to make sure you’re getting plenty of collagen in your diet, either through eating healthy foods that are high in protein or taking collagen supplements. By your 40s or 50s, you may need dermal fillers to help your skin produce more collagen.
How Soon Will I See the Results of Treatment?
How soon you will see the results of treatment depends on the problems you are addressing. If you are using this product to eliminate acne scars, you can expect the results of treatment to be immediate. Contrastingly, if you are using this product to smooth away smile lines or improve your appearance beneath your eyes, it can take four to six weeks to see the final results of treatment.
What Can I Expect During Treatment?
During your treatment session, we will clean the targeted area and mark the injection locations. Then, we will administer the injectable to the appropriate depths within your skin based on the results you are trying to achieve. Since there is a bit of lidocaine in each dose of filler, there is no need to numb the treatment area with ice or a topical anesthetic.
Depending on the extent of the improvement you’re seeking, your treatment session can take up to 15 minutes. After that, we will review the after-care steps you need to take. Then, you will be free to return to work or school.
How to Care for Your Skin After Treatment
After your treatment session, there are a few after-care steps you must follow. The most important thing you must do is to protect your skin from UV exposure. This means that you should avoid tanning beds and apply a broad-spectrum SPF 55+ sunscreen before you go outside. If you’re using this treatment to correct undereye bags or smile lines, you should not go outside without sunscreen until you see the final results of treatment.
Furthermore, to ensure that the medication remains in the targeted area, sleep on your back the night of your treatment. If you sleep on your stomach or side, gravity may cause the medication to leave the targeted area. Finally, avoid any medication or supplement that can thin your blood for 72 hours after treatment. Examples of such medications and supplements include:
- Fish oil
- Vitamin E
- Vitamin K
Am I a Good Candidate for This Treatment?
During your initial consultation, we will review your medical history, evaluate your current health, assess the physical structure of the targeted area or areas, and discuss your aesthetic goals to determine if you are a good candidate for this treatment. Since Bellafill is an injectable, the most common reason you may be a poor candidate is if you have a medical condition that makes you prone to bleeding.
Furthermore, the FDA has neither tested nor approved this treatment for women who are pregnant or nursing. For this reason, we cannot recommend this treatment for such women. As a general rule of thumb, if you are 21 or older, not on medications that you can’t stop taking for a couple of weeks, and you have realistic expectations about the treatment and its results, you will be a good candidate.
What if I’m Allergic to Lidocaine?
If you’re not sure if you’re allergic to lidocaine, let us know during your initial consultation. Depending on the method of allergy test you take, you can get the results on the same day that you take the test. If you are allergic to lidocaine, we will work to accommodate your allergy, either by providing you with an alternative treatment or providing you with a dose that does not include lidocaine.
Learn How to Restore Your Youthful Countenance Today
If you’re concerned about dark circles and bags under your eyes that won’t go away after plenty of sleep, Bellafill can help to restore your appearance and self-confidence. Call us today at SkinMD Seattle in Seattle, WA at 206-202-8619 to book an appointment and find out if this injectable is right for you and your unique needs.