Bellafill and other cosmetic services can make a significant difference in the way you look and feel about yourself. While aesthetic surgery has its place, many of the newer treatments are minimally invasive and can be performed in a doctor’s office. Here’s some information about some of these new advances, courtesy of Dr. Raffi Krikorian of St. Louis Vein & Endovascular in St. Louis, Missouri.
Bellafill is one of the latest developments in aesthetic services, a dermal filler that is made differently than conventional products. Dermal fillers (sometimes called facial fillers) are used to replace the subcutaneous fat that we normally lose as we age. Those areas tend to be where wrinkles and lines develop. Bellafill contains bovine collagen and tiny beads made of a substance called poly methyl methacrylate. The combination stimulates the production of collagen under the skin and smooths and plumps the area where it’s injected.
What is Bellafill Used For?
Like other dermal fillers, Bellafill is used to treat lines and wrinkles. Bellafill is considered a permanent filler and can last for as long as eight to 10 years, unlike other dermal fillers that must be re-injected within a year or so. Approved for the correction of smiles lines (called nasolabial folds in the medical world), Bellafill is also used to treat lines and wrinkles around the eyes, earlobes, chin and other areas. Bellafill can also be used to treat acne scars. Results are immediate and downtime is minimal. Over the next few months, Bellafill stimulates the production of natural collagen, which further improves the appearance.
What About Other Treatments?
Bellafill is only one of a number of cosmetic services Dr. Krikorian offers. For example, Botox (and its “cousins” Dysport and Xeomin) are used to treat wrinkles by temporarily paralyzing the muscle that creates the wrinkle in the first place. Radiesse is used to help solve the problem of sagging skin. Juvederm is another kind of facial filler – it can be used if patients are allergic to one of the components in Bellafill or don’t feel they need long-term wrinkle correction. Latisse is a prescription solution that promotes the growth of eyelashes, making them longer and thicker. It must be used consistently for best results. We also perform laser tattoo removals.
Do I Need Cosmetic Services?
Cosmetic services are generally just that – cosmetic in nature rather than providing functional improvements. However, if you feel at all sensitive about your appearance, they can make a difference. If you work in a field where appearance is a major issue, such as the modeling industry, television or movies, cosmetic procedures can help provide job security or employment opportunities. No one should feel ashamed of trying to look good or to stave off the effects of aging.
Putting your best face forward can increase your confidence and self-esteem. Most of the aesthetic services we offer can be performed in an hour or less in our office. Please contact us for any questions or to schedule an appointment.