Do you have concerns about moderate or severe facial volume loss? Do you feel like you look older than you really are? Do you wish there was a safe, effective anti-aging solution that didn’t require missing several days of work to recover? If so, you may be the perfect fit for Bellafill at Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO.
Who Is a Good Candidate for Bellafill?
It is possible you will be considered a good Bellafill candidate if you are over 21 years old. However, it is not right for everyone who is 22 years of age or older. To qualify for this treatment, it is vital that you suffer from cosmetic concerns that this injectable was designed to treat. Specifically, there is a good chance that you will be considered a good candidate for this treatment if you are concerned about nasolabial folds caused by moderate or severe volume loss.
If, however, you have nasolabial folds caused by overactive muscles, you will be considered a poor fit for this treatment regardless of your health and age. The bottom line is that this injectable will not be able to treat such cosmetic concerns effectively because it is not a muscle relaxant. It is a dermal filler. To find out whether your cosmetic concerns are caused by volume loss or muscle hyperactivity, you need to come in for an initial consultation with an expert.
What Health Conditions Will Preclude Me From Treatment?
There are a number of health conditions that may preclude you from qualifying for Bellafill injections. Two of the most common medical events that prevent people from getting this treatment are pregnancy and nursing. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has approved this injectable dermal filler for most adults over the age of 21. However, it has not been approved for individuals who are pregnant or breastfeeding because it has not been tested for safety on them.
Another common medical condition that will preclude you from treatment is an active acne outbreak. You will not qualify for treatment if your skin is irritated in the area of concern. If you have acne, rosacea, topical dermatitis, or another form of skin irritation at the time of your appointment, it must be postponed. Moreover, certain heart problems may disqualify you if you can’t stop taking NSAIDs for a little while before your treatment session.
How Should I Prepare for My Treatment?
If we determine that Bellafill injections are a good fit for you, we will provide you with a complete list of instructions to follow in the weeks leading up to your scheduled appointment. One of the most important preparation steps to take is to avoid sun damage for 14 days prior to your treatment. If you are suffering from sunburn at the time of your appointment, we will need to reschedule it. Remember, it is vital that your skin is not irritated at the time of your appointment.
Also, it is crucial that you do not take any drug or supplement, like NSAIDs or vitamin E supplements, before your treatment session. It is important that your blood is not too thin when your injections are administered. Speak with your primary care physician about temporarily discontinuing any blood-thinning drug you are currently on if they told you to take the medication daily. If you can’t stop, another anti-aging treatment may be more appropriate for you.
What Can I Expect During My Treatment Session?
You can expect your treatment session to take place in a sterile, comfortable, private office. First, we will inspect your areas of concern to verify that there is no skin irritation. Once that is confirmed, we will cleanse the areas thoroughly with an alcohol-based sanitizer. Once your treatment areas are clean, we will administer the dermal filler using a tiny needle. You do not need to worry about feeling pain or discomfort during your treatment session.
The length of your treatment session depends on a number of factors, not the least of which is the severity of your cosmetic concerns. If you only have moderate concerns, you won’t need very many injections. Therefore, your treatment session may only take around 10 minutes to complete. On the other hand, if you are struggling with severe cosmetic concerns, you will need more injections, and your session may take a quarter of an hour to complete.
What Can I Expect After My Treatment Session?
You can expect to return to work once your treatment session is over. There is no downtime required, but it is possible that you will want to take the rest of the day off from work. Remember, you don’t have to worry about any pain or discomfort. However, there are some restrictions you must adhere to following your injections. For instance, you must avoid vigorous exercise for 48 hours to keep your blood pressure normal.
If you have a physically demanding job, you won’t be able to return to work if you can’t avoid strenuous physical work. Similarly, you should take the rest of the day off if your blood pressure increases due to job-related stress. If you don’t want to take time off from work after your treatment, you may want to schedule your appointment for a Friday afternoon.
How Soon Can I Expect To See My Final Results?
Assuming you only need one treatment session to achieve your desired results, it may be roughly three months for your final results to become apparent. If, on the other hand, you need a follow-up session due to the severity of your cosmetic concerns, it may take up to five months for your final results to become apparent. This is because follow-up sessions are usually scheduled a couple of months after the initial session so we can gauge your progress.
How Long Will the Results of My Treatment Last?
It is possible for the results of your treatment to last for up to five years. However, you should keep in mind that several factors affect the longevity of your results. For example, your results won’t last as long as they could if you smoke due to nicotine’s effects on collagen. Similarly, excessive alcohol consumption is known to age the face prematurely by damaging existing collagen.
If you want your results to last for as long as possible, you need to make sure that you protect the health of your collagen. This treatment takes so long to work because the results are derived from encouraging your skin in the treatment area to produce extra collagen. That’s also the reason you can expect the results to be long-lasting; collagen is a durable protein, but our skin starts to produce it at a reduced rate as we age. Here’s how to lengthen your results.
Lots of factors damage the collagen that helps to keep your skin looking young and healthy. One such factor is sun damage. Specifically, the UVC rays emitted by the sun and tanning beds break down the protein supporting your skin. Therefore, if your goal is to keep your results ideal for as long as possible, make sure you wear sunscreen every day.
For maximum results, make sure that the sunscreen you use is stored properly and not expired. It should not be kept anywhere too hot or cold. Also, make sure that the sunscreen you wear protects you from all of the sun’s UV rays, not just the UVA and UVB rays.
Staying hydrated will also go a long way in helping you maintain your ideal results. Adequate hydration is required both for your existing collagen to remain healthy and for your skin to produce more collagen. If you notice that you feel fatigued or unusually hungry or your urine is dark, drink more water. If you find water unpalatable, try adding fruit to your water or drinking coffee or tea.
Schedule Your Initial Consultation Today
Are you at least 22 years of age? Are you concerned about the appearance of your midface? If so, you may be considered a good candidate for Bellafill injections. To find out for sure, contact us today at Bentley Skincare & Wellness in Springfield, MO. We will discuss all of your cosmetic concerns with you to identify the most effective solutions. Then, we’ll review your health history and discuss your current health to identify the safest anti-aging solutions. We can’t wait to help you boost your confidence.