• Survey results underscore the distressing realities of people living with acne scars
  • Ninety-nine percent of respondents would have more confidence if their acne and acne scars were cleared up1
  • Celebrity dermatologist highlights Bellafill® as an effective acne scar treatment option

San Diego, CA (June 7, 2016)Suneva Medical, Inc., a privately-held aesthetics company, has revealed the results of a new acne scar survey in recognition of June’s Acne Awareness Month. The survey found that the overwhelming majority of consumers believe acne and acne scars have a negative impact on a person’s confidence. Also, people with acne and acne scars normally withdraw themselves from social settings and avoid putting photos online without heavy editing or filters.1 The statistics further pinpoint the unfortunate realities of those who suffer from acne and its associated scarring, while underscoring the need for treatment options that address these widespread skin conditions.

Key findings from the survey include:1

  • 99 percent of survey respondents believe someone has more confidence when their acne and acne scars are cleared up
  • When it comes to skin issues, consumers believe acne scars are worse than having acne, eczema or rosacea
  • Nearly half of adults still suffer from acne or acne scars and have not outgrown these skin conditions
  • 48 percent withdraw from social outings and parties with friends because of their acne scars or facial blemishes
  • 61 percent would wear less makeup if they were able to effectively treat acne scars and minimize their scarring’s appearance
  • 49 percent of people with acne scars or blemishes prevent themselves from putting photos online without heavy editing or filters
  • 54 percent do not feel confident on a date because of their acne scars or facial blemishes
  • 81 percent of respondents would select clear skin over keeping their fashion on trend, a nail manicure maintained, or maintaining a hairstyle that is rivaled by celebrities

“Acne scarring is one of the most common skin issues I see at my practice and the condition is more than skin deep. The millions of people who suffer from acne scars carry an emotional burden that brings on feelings of depression and low self-esteem,” said Dr. Ava Shamban, board-certified dermatologist and one of the country’s leading authorities on skin. “These individuals should not lose hope however—there are new treatment options, such as Bellafill®, that can have a transformational effect on patients’ appearance, and in turn, their quality of life.”

Bellafill® is the only dermal filler on the market that is approved by the FDA for the correction of moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. To help treat disfiguring acne scars, Bellafill® adds immediate volume to the skin to lift and smooth out pitted acne scars to the level of the surrounding skin. Bellafill® is a simple, in-office procedure with minimal to no downtime.

“Acne scars no longer need to be the reason people hold back from social activities and living a confident lifestyle,” said Nicholas L. Teti, Jr., Chairman and Chief Executive Officer at Suneva Medical. “This innovative filler continues to have a positive impact on patients’ lives and we encourage those who suffer from acne scars to consult with a physician about Bellafill® to jumpstart their journey to better skin.”

To learn more about Bellafill® and find a licensed provider in your area, please visit For more information on Suneva Medical, visit To learn more about the survey, contact Havas Formula at

About Suneva Medical, Inc.


Suneva Medical is a privately-held aesthetics company focused on developing, manufacturing and commercializing novel, differentiated products for the general dermatology and aesthetic markets. The innovative aesthetics leader markets Bellafill®, the only dermal filler on the market that is approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. The company markets Bellafill® in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong; ArteFill® in South Korea; Regenica® skin care in the U.S., Canada and Hong Kong; and ReFissa® tretinoin cream in the U.S. ArteFill® was rebranded to Bellafill® in the U.S. to reflect the transformational outcomes this unique product can provide to patients seeking correction of their acne scars and nasolabial folds. For more information, visit

1Havas Formula Independent Study, 2016

Important Safety Information

Bellafill® is indicated for the correction of nasolabial folds and moderate to severe, atrophic, distensible facial acne scars on the cheek in patients over the age of 21 years. Patients who have had a positive reaction to the Bellafill® Skin Test, have a history of severe allergies, have known bovine collagen allergies, are allergic to lidocaine, have bleeding disorders or are prone to thick scar formation and/or excessive scarring should not receive Bellafill®. The safety of Bellafill® for use during pregnancy, breastfeeding, or in patients under 21 has not been established. You may experience temporary swelling, redness, pain, bruising, lumps/bumps, itching, and discoloration at the treatment site. These side effects are usually transient and typically resolve within 1–7 days. You may experience lumps/bumps/papules that may occur more than one month after injection and that may persist. Less common side effects include rash and itching more than 48 hours after treatment, persistent swelling or redness, lumps/bumps, acne, and increased sensitivity at treatment sites. Infrequently, granulomas may occur and may be treated by your licensed physician provider. Be sure to call your licensed provider immediately if you notice any unusual skin reactions around the treatment area. Based on the 5-year Post-Approval Study on nasolabial folds with 1,008 patients, long-term safety of Bellafill® for up to 5 years has been established.

This product is certified as a medical device in the European Union under the Medical Device Directive 93/42/EEC by SGS CE0120, exclusively for the indication of autologous fat transfer. Other non-medical uses ascribed to this device such as aesthetic body contouring are not within the scope of CE certification, and users should be aware product performance and/or safety has not been evaluated by SGS for those purposes.

Suneva Medical HD PRP
REGULATORY STATUS: FDA-cleared 510(k) Class II medical device. Healeon HD PRP is designed to be used for the safe and rapid preparation of autologous platelet-rich-plasma (PRP) from a small sample of peripheral blood at the patient point of care. The PRP is mixed with autograft and/orallograft bone prior to application to a bony defect for improving handling characteristics. 510(k) number: BK170136

Silhouette Instalift
Silhouette lnstaLift® is indicated for use in mid-face suspension surgery to temporarily fixate the cheek sub-dermis in an elevated position.

The Silhouette InstaLift device should not be used in patients with any known allergy or foreign body sensitivities to plastic/ biomaterial or in situations where internal fixation is otherwise contraindicated, (e.g. infection.) The device should also not be used in patients appearing to have very thin soft tissue of the face in which the implant may be visible or palpable.

Like all procedures of this type there is a possibility of adverse events, although not everybody experiences them. These adverse events include but are not limited to infection, minimal acute inflammatory tissue reaction, pain (which may be temporary or persistent in nature), swelling and edema, transient hematoma or bruising and transient rippling or dimple formation. For further safety or product information, please consult your physician.

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