Bellafill in the Rancho Mirage and Palm Springs Area

Age-related aesthetic concerns such as diminished lip volume, wrinkles, under-eye hollows, and nasolabial folds all respond to customized Bellafill injections. Bellafill is also a leading injectable for combating entrenched acne scars that compromise a clear, radiant complexion. Bellafill treatment is quick and painless, requiring no downtime, incisions, scarring, or discomfort. Patients can undergo Bellafill injections over their lunch breaks and get right back to school, work, or just enjoying the day.


What Is Bellafill? 

First approved by the FDA as ArteFill in 2006, Bellafill is composed of PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) microspheres suspended in collagen gel. These microspheres work in tandem with the body’s natural collagen production mechanism to maximize skin softness, resilience, and radiance.
Bellafill is an excellent resource for restoring volume in the temples, cheeks, lips, and chin while also reducing the appearance of smile lines, creases, and wrinkles. Unlike many common hyaluronic acid-based facial fillers, Bellafill results typically last five or more years. This is especially good news for patients seeking out Bellafill injections to address atrophic acne scars.

What are the benefits of Bellafill?

Bellafill is among the most versatile and trusted fillers on the market today. And thanks to its longer-lasting results, Bellafill is considered more convenient and cost-effective than many of its cosmetic counterparts. Key benefits include the following:

  • Reverses age-related volume loss
  • Smooths away lines, wrinkles, and creases
  • Corrects the appearance of acne scars
  • Helps support healthy collagen production
  • Non-surgical and non-invasive
  • Quick treatment time
  • No downtime
  • Natural-looking results
  • Firms and revitalizes the complexion
  • Results can last five or more years

How does Bellafill work?

Bellafill accomplishes two cosmetic goals at once. First, it softens and reduces lines in the short term, thanks to its collagen-based formulation. Second, it stimulates the body to produce more collagen over time, achieving longer-term skin rejuvenation from the inside out. Bellafill’s PMMA (polymethyl methacrylate) microspheres function as natural structural support for the complexion, eradicating volume loss, wrinkles, acne scarring, and sunken contours around the eyes. While results with Bellafill will become apparent quickly, some patients will require multiple sessions to achieve their rejuvenation goals.

Am I a good candidate for Bellafill injections?

Patients pursuing Bellafill should be over 21, in good mental and physical health, and realistic in their expectations, i.e., they should be seeking improvement rather than perfection. Those interested in a longer-term solution than is possible with other HA-based fillers will be especially pleased with their Bellafill outcome.

Bellafill is ideal for addressing:

  • Depleted or thinning lips
  • Wrinkles, lines, and creases.
  • Hollow-looking contours beneath the eyes
  • Acne scars 

As with all procedures, Dr. Sofonio and his team will conduct a thorough consultation and evaluation to ensure that Bellafill will be safe and successful in your individual case.

What does the Bellafill treatment process entail?

Before administering Bellafill, our team will do a skin test to ensure your injections will be safe and effective. Bellafill contains bovine collagen and lidocaine, compounds that may cause sensitivity for some patients. In order to minimize the risk of bruising, Dr. Sofonio suggests that you avoid aspirin, Motrin, Aleve, alcohol, blood thinners, fish oil, and other herbal supplements for one week before your treatment. The doctor will provide a full list of medications and herbs to abstain from. After it is confirmed that you have no adverse reactions to Bellafill, your appointment can be scheduled.
On the day of your Bellafill session, your skin will be numbed, enhancing your comfort and peace of mind. Bellafill will then be injected strategically according to the personalized treatment plan you developed with Dr. Sofonio during your private consultation. Treatment takes anywhere from 15 to 60 minutes, depending on the areas targeted and the extent of the changes you desire.

What happens after Bellafill?

 After Bellafill injections, patients may experience mild, temporary redness and increased sensitivity for up to seven days. Ice can be applied to the treatment zones to help minimize discomfort. Patients can also avail themselves of over-the-counter painkillers. To help camouflage discoloration, makeup can be applied to the skin right away. Patients are free to immediately return to their normally scheduled activities after their Bellafill sessions. Dr. Sofonio suggests that patients avoid hot tubs, saunas, hot yoga, and other intense workouts for a few days after their Bellafill injections. Patients may be asked to schedule a follow-up visit 4-6 weeks later in order to achieve comprehensive aesthetic results.

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Why choose Dr. Sofonio for Bellafill injections?

Dr. Mark Vincent Sofonio, MD, F.A.C.S., is a native of the desert community. He delivers compassionate, quality care in a state-of-the-art practice setting where each patient receives one-on-one attention and access to cutting-edge medical equipment and technology. Thanks to Dr. Sofonio’s painstaking attention to fine details, results are always natural-looking, elegant, and nuanced.

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