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Bellafill® treatments for dark skin

Posted:2:12 p.m. Friday, May 30, 2014

By Anita Mandal, M.D.

Question: I am a mix of Italian and Puerto Rican. I am prone to easy scarring, because of my dark skin tone. Is Bellafill® a safe option for me?

Answer: I have used Bellafill® on a diverse range of ethnic patients without an increased risk of scarring, nodules or other complications. Having treated patients of Hispanic, East Indian, African American and Asian descent, I find such patients do just as well with Bellafill® as the lighter skinned patients, in terms of the results and the risks.
Bellafill® is considered a “permanent” filler which works by stimulating new collagen. While the results are immediate, additional improvement can occur over time. Bellafill® works well when combined with the Ultherapy non-surgical micro-facelift for
dark-skinned patients.
Bellafill® is also less likely to be degraded by the heat that is generated from the Ulthera, in cases where Ultherapy has been used over areas already treated with Bellafill®. This benefit is unique to Bellafill® since Sculptra, Radiesse, Juvederm and Restylane should be done after Ultherapy when both procedures are applied to overlapping treatment areas.
Dark-skinned patients can be more likely to avoid facelift surgery due to the higher risks of hypertrophic scarring and keloids compared to those with lighter skin. Bellafill® combined with Ultherapy can be a safe, less invasive alternative in ethnic patients with darker skin.
Careful consultation with a qualified Facial Plastic Surgeon who has extensive experience with Bellafill® injections and Ultherapy in ethnic skin is the first step.

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