Bellafill vs. Voluma
Posted: 5:03 p.m. Friday, October 16, 2015
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I want to get my temples and cheeks filled as the hollowness makes me look gaunt and older than I really am. How do I decide if I should have Bellafill or Voluma?
Answer: Both Bellafill and Voluma are safe, injectable fillers that can be used for facial volumization in the cheeks as well as temples. In deciding which filler is most suitable for you, you must first ask yourself if you want a temporary filler which will require regular maintenance treatments or a long term filler.
Facial volumization, unlike wrinkle filling, requires much more filler product, regardless of the type of filler you choose. This makes the cost of volumization much higher. However, a long term filler has the benefit of being much more cost-effective for facial volumization due to fewer maintenance treatments compared to temporary fillers.
Bellafill, according to FDA studies, lasts at least five years. Additional studies exist showing that volumization from the Bellafill crystal can last even 13 years after injection. Unlike the long term duration of Bellafill, Voluma only lasts up to two years, but there are some contingencies with Voluma.
Voluma studies show a two-year duration when an an average of more than eight syringes are injected over multiple treatments. Further, this two-year result is only seen in about two-thirds of patients. Also, Voluma is a hyaluronic acid (HA) filler which works by attracting water from your body. HA fillers, in general, are more prone to puffiness due to their water retention properties. This Voluma drawback can make the upper cheeks and under eye hollows more puffy looking.
Unlike Voluma, Bellafill works by stimulating your body’s own collagen and is not as prone to water retention. The Bellafill crystals, which tend to be inert or non-reactive, are injected into volume-deficient areas to continuously stimulate your collagen to maintain volume in your face.
Careful consultation with Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon who can advise you on the pros and cons of both Voluma and Bellafill and help you decide the best option for your unique needs is the first step. It is a misconception to think you should only seek a surgeon for surgery. Facial Plastic Surgeons have in-depth knowledge of facial anatomy and expertise in both non-surgical and surgical facial aesthetic treatments. Each time you have a non-surgical cosmetic procedure by a less qualified doctor, you increase your risk of complications and poorer results. When it comes to your face, why would you consider less than a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon? Log on to ABFPRS.org.