Bellafill – For Acne Scars and Smile Lines


By: George Bitar, M.D. and Larry Lickstein, M.D.

Board Certified Plastic Surgeons


What Is Bellafill?

Bellafill, The 5 Year Filler!Bellafill is an injectable dermal filler that has shown amazing results for both smile lines and acne
scars. It is FDA approved with a proven track record for both safety and effectiveness. Since Bellafill is a collagen filler in the PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) category, its effects are long lasting and work well to encourage the body to help itself work with the Bellafill.

Bellafill is the only treatment of its kind on the market that is approved for use in patients with moderate to severe acne scarring that is located on the cheeks. It works immediately to lift acne scars and works to stimulate the body’s own collagen to plump up the area. Some acne scars can be incredibly deep and resistant to other forms of treatment. Bellafill is proven effective in even the most severe of cheek acne scarring conditions.

When it comes to treating nasolabial folds, Bellafill is a proven winner. It contains microspheres that allow the treatment to work immediately and patients see results in a very quick turnaround period of time. It is also very long lasting, which is one of the main reasons that our patients love Bellafill. Facial lines and wrinkles are quick to damage one’s self confidence in that they instantly age a person. Bellafill goes to work immediately to plump up the problem areas and leave the patient looking younger, fresher and more confident.

Why Have A Bellafill Treatment?

Bellafill for Acne Scar

Actual Patient of Bitar Institute

Actual Patient of Bitar Institute

If you have suffered for any amount of time with acne scarring on your cheeks, you understand how those scars can be almost impossible to cover up. They appear pitted, as small craters and make make-up application difficult and with unnatural looking results. Acne scarring is one of the top reasons that patients seek the help of a cosmetic surgeon, and Bellafill can help.

Bellafill for Smile Lines

As we age, those folds to the sides of our mouths that are known as laugh lines or smile lines can become more prominent. Lines and wrinkles in this area have shown themselves to be difficult to correct with topical treatments or other in-office dermatological procedures. Bellafill provides natural looking results that eradicate deep smile lines and last an impressive amount of time.

Bellafill Treatment

The Bellafill treatment requires little to no down time. It is done right in office and patients report feeling very little discomfort when having Bellafill. There may be a minor amount of pressure or discomfort when the initial injection is administered, but a local numbing agent ensures that your treatment will be as pain free as possible.

Are You A Candidate?

Bellafill is ideal for both men and women or all skin types. It is approved for patients who are suffering from moderate to severe deep acne scarring or deep nasolabial folds. We have used Bellafill on patients of a variety of ages and skin conditions, all with outstanding results.

Patients who are interested in Bellafill should understand that they must be 21 years of age or older. Bellafill is not an appropriate choice for patients who have an allergy to lidocaine or bovine collagen. Women who are pregnant or nursing should not have a Bellafill treatment. Patients who are interested in Bellafill will undergo a simple skin test to ensure that they do not have allergies to the ingredients in Bellafill.

Bellafill FAQs

We understand that our patients will have many questions about Bellafill. Here are some of the most frequently asked questions that we hear in the office:

– How long will the treatment last?
Bellafill was designed to be a long lasting injectable skin filler. Thanks to its unique combination of ingredients, Bellafill works to encourage your own collagen levels to increase and fill in the wrinkled or pitted areas on its own. Bellafill literally helps your body work to help itself. Bellafill has the potential to last a lifetime.

– What can I expect after the treatment?
After treatment you will start to see results immediately! You may experience some minor tingling or redness at and around the injection site, but you will see an improvement in your trouble areas right away. Your results will continue to improve with time and your skin will have never looked better.

– Are there risks?
While there are always risks involved with any cosmetic treatment, Bellafill is incredible safe. It has incredibly safety rankings and is approved by the FDA. The fact that all Bellafill patients must take a Bellafill skin test prior to receiving treatment helps to eliminate any possible risks of allergies or intolerances to Bellafill’s ingredients.

– How soon can I return to work?
You can go back to work the same day that you receive a Bellafill treatment! There are no restrictions following the treatment and you can literally carry on with your regular activities as soon as you leave the office. Bear in mind that you may experience some minor redness or bruising at the site of treatment, but most patients experience little to no side effects.

At Bitar Cosmetic Surgery Institute we pride ourselves on providing a through education to each patient that walks through our door. This page offers the first step to help you learn more about Bellafill. We are excited to talk to you further about the option and determine if you would be a good candidate.
You can schedule an appointment in our online consultation form or call 703-206-0506.