Alternative options to keep your face looking as young as you feel

FEATURE — Have you ever looked in a mirror at the aging person staring back at you and thought, “When did I get old?” Your shoulders slump a bit and you wonder why your youthful soul doesn’t reflect in your reflection.

The paradox of living in sunny St. George is that although the climate and surroundings enable you to live an active lifestyle, making you feel younger, the sun and dry climate contribute to premature skin aging, making you look much older.

So you sigh, accept your fading youth, try to embrace your new “old” face; perhaps you go spend a small fortune on anti-aging creams and serums or begin nightly rituals that involve bizarre home remedies you read about online. Well, there is another option: an injectable filler, also known as an injectable cosmetic filler or injectable facial filler.

An injectable filler is a soft-tissue filler that is injected into the skin to fill in facial wrinkles, restoring a smoother appearance. Although most of these wrinkle fillers are temporary because they are eventually absorbed by the body, there is a facial filler on the market that lasts more than five years.

Bellafill, previously known as Artefill, is a filler that can be used to treat facial volume loss, wrinkles and even old acne scars. It’s comprised of collagen (the main structural protein found in connective tissue) and polymethyl methacrylate, or PMMA, microspheres (a transparent thermoplastic that has excellent UV resistance).

Before and after injecting Bellafill, location and date unspecified | Photos courtesy of Riverside Medical Arts, St. George News
Before and after injecting Bellafill, location and date unspecified | Photos courtesy of Riverside Medical Arts, St. George News

Studies have shown that Bellafill can actually last up to 10 years. That is great news, especially to anyone who has previously had facial filler treatments. Most fillers only last six months to a year, and even the second-longest-lasting filler on the market only lasts two years.

Unlike other dermal fillers, Bellafill is not absorbed by the body, therefore the treatment does not require re-injection as often as other fillers to maintain results.

In the world of injectables, Bellafill is distinctive. The collagen immediately adds volume to the skin to lift and smooth wrinkles, and the PMMA microspheres create a matrix that supports the body’s own collagen production. The results are immediate but also improve over time. Bellafill has been approved for the correction of facial wrinkles, known as nasolabial folds or smile lines, since 2006.

It received FDA approval for acne scarring in late 2014. In fact, Bellafill is the only dermal filler on the market approved for acne scarring. Bellafill isn’t just an exceptional cosmetic treatment option, it was proven safe through five years of research in the largest and longest prospective dermal filler study ever completed. The complication rate is low, especially in experienced hands.

author_allieblazzardWritten by Allie Blazzard for St. George Health and Wellness magazine and St. George News.

Allie Blazzard received her associate degree from then Dixie State College before attending Brigham Young University for her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in nursing. Allie has worked in Southern Utah as a nurse practitioner since 2004 and has specialized in cosmetic injections for over 10 years. She is a member of the American Academy of Nurse Practitioners, Society of Aesthetic Injectors and the American Academy of Anti-Aging Medicine.

Allie has been married to her husband, Andy, for 15 years and they have four children. She enjoys boating, exercising, learning, working with her staff and patients, and spending time with her friends and family.



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  • 42214 December 25, 2015 at 4:52 pm

    2 basic tips ladies, don’t use meth or smoke crack for a fresher, brighter you.

    • ladybugavenger December 25, 2015 at 6:55 pm


    • .... December 25, 2015 at 11:13 pm

      422 move to go and collect 200 dollar’s

  • .... December 25, 2015 at 7:32 pm

    LOL 422 . Hey mesanan this goes for you too !

  • Common Sense December 26, 2015 at 7:07 am

    I am so tired of this war on aging! Whats wrong with just aging? You should embrace who you are no matter what you look like. There is a difference between looking younger and trying to look younger…all those people injecting their faces and going under the knife. You don’t look younger. You look weirder. I welcome age and every sagging wrinkle that comes with it. How about investing all that money time and energy on something that is truly important.

  • .... December 26, 2015 at 9:15 pm

    Common sense. it’s quite clear they don’t care what you think. so maybe you could spend all your time and energy doing what you want to do. and don’t worry about what other people do for themselves . if somebody wants to redo their face then more power to them..get a hobby

    • 42214 December 27, 2015 at 1:50 pm

      It’s usually the fat ugly ones that don’t care about their appearance.

      • 42214 December 27, 2015 at 9:40 pm

        Why was this posted at 1:50 and 8 hours later at 9:50 it’s still awaiting moderation?

        • .... December 28, 2015 at 6:41 pm

          Well that’s because your comment was stuck in a time warp created by a black hole as your comment got sucked into eternal darkness. but it was saved when someone had to come to the site to post another automobile accident..but then on the other hand it could of been an oversight in professional journalism..

          • 42214 December 28, 2015 at 11:05 pm

            It’s because there are flunkys that are afraid to approve comments that are remotely controversial so they have to wait for the big boss to approve them. Lame system that reflects poor supervision and development of subordinants.

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