Infini RF With Bellafill Vs. HA Filler
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 12, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I had Juvederm and Bellafill in my cheeks and smile lines a few weeks ago. I’m interested in Infini RF for my sagging face, but heard lasers can make fillers in your face disappear. Is it safe to have Infini over the same area of the face that has already been treated with fillers?
Answer: “Laser” treatments, particularly those that work by generating heat in the tissues, can dissolve injectable fillers. Two factors influence the dissolution of injectable fillers.
The timing of Infini RF treatments with respect to filler placement is a key factor. For instance, the majority of my patients who get Infini also get Bellafill. I commonly perform Infini and Bellafill treatments 10-14 days apart to reduce the chances of dissipating the Bellafill. This allows the Bellafill to get settled in the tissues sufficiently to reduce the chances of it going away when being exposed to heat.
Type of filler is a second important factor. Hyaluronic acid fillers, for instance, maintain volume and plumpness by attracting water. A “laser” or device that emits heat can dehydrate your skin, reducing it’s water content, resulting in diminishment of filler.
Unlike HA’s such as Juvederm, Restylane, Perlane and Voluma, Bellafill works by stimulating your body’s own collagen rather than attracting your body’s water. Thus, Bellafill, once it is settled, is less likely to be influenced by the heat stimulation of Infini and similar devices.
When using multiple invasive procedures, your surgeon should be familiar with timing treatments to assure the successful outcome of combination treatments. Your surgeon should also be thoroughly knowledgeable with the technology behind each of treatments being offered.
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