Differences Between Bellafill & Sculptra?
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, June 11, 2017
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m interested in fillers for my face as I’ve lost volume with the aging process. My research shows that Sculptra and Bellafill are good for facial volumization and that they both work by stimulating collagen. What are the pros and cons of using Sculptra and Bellafill?
Answer: While Bellafill and Sculptra may seem similar on the surface, there are substantial and important differences between these two volumization fillers.
Bellafill can last five years without the need for regular maintenance treatments. Sculptra can last up to two years but typically requires yearly maintenance treatments. While Sculptra cost a little less per vial compared to the cost of Bellafill per syringe, the long-term costs are much higher for Sculptra, due to it’s shorter duration and need for regular maintenance treatments.
With Sculptra, the results are not immediate but take 4 to 8 weeks to become visible. Bellafill, in contrast, gives immediate results which tend to get better over time.
The FDA trial on Sculptra showed a 19% granuloma rate where the FDA trial on Bellafill revealed a granuloma rate of 1% or less over a five-year period.
The Sculptra crystal is not as stable as the Bellafill crystal. The significant difference between the two volumization fillers is most notable in their results. Bellafill can give a more predictable and uniform collagen response compared to Sculptra.
Whether to go with Bellafill or Sculptra is a personal decision. There are clearly superior benefits of Bellafill over Sculptra. While some patients may be concerned about what to do if they don’t like the results of a 5-year filler, I always suggest focusing your efforts on finding an expert injector who can get it right the first time around.
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