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What are polymethylmethacrylate beads?

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Polymethylmethacrylate beads (PMMA microspheres - Bellafill) are tiny round, smooth plastic particles. Thousands of synthetic PMMA microspheres are embedded in cow collagen, which is gradually absorbed by your body and replaced by your own collagen. Since the beads are not readily reabsorbed, and your own collagen is stimulated to form around them, this filler can last for years. Injections are placed under skin folds and in hollows to improve skin tone and texture.

From: Wrinkle Fillers WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Soft Tissue Fillers."

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "Do's and don'ts when considering cosmetic procedures in a spa or salon."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Injectable Fillers."

MedlinePlus: "Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery."

Wise J.B. Greco T.   , May 2006. Facial Plastic Surgery

Kelly P.E. , February 2007. Facial Plastic Surgery

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

SOURCES:

American Academy of Dermatology: "Soft Tissue Fillers."

American Society for Dermatologic Surgery: "Do's and don'ts when considering cosmetic procedures in a spa or salon."

American Society of Plastic Surgeons: "Injectable Fillers."

MedlinePlus: "Plastic and Cosmetic Surgery."

Wise J.B. Greco T.   , May 2006. Facial Plastic Surgery

Kelly P.E. , February 2007. Facial Plastic Surgery

Reviewed by Stephanie S. Gardner on July 15, 2017

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