Does Bellafill Really Last 5 Years?
Posted: 12:01 a.m. Sunday, Nov. 18, 2018
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m 75 and have been getting fillers for many years. I’m tired of refilling every six to 12 months. I’ve read about Bellafill. Does Bellafill really last five years? When the filler Voluma came out, they said it lasted two years but that’s only true if you keep coming back for touch up treatments every six months or so. Is Bellafill the real deal or just another gimmick?
Answer: I’m in my sixth year of performing Bellafill as a BellaDiamond injector. The status of BellaDiamond injector is given to that top one percent of Bellafill injectors who are doing 300 or more syringes every year. While I also do many of the other temporary popular fillers like Restylane and Juvederm, Bellafill is the most commonly requested filler in my practice due to its high safety profile and long duration of results.
The good news is that unlike many cosmetic procedures, with Bellafill, you don’t have to take my word for it. The Bellafill studies speak for themselves! Did you know that Bellafill has been studied in more patients than any other filler on the U.S. market? With a temporary filler, when you are told that, for example, Juvederm lasts one year, in truth, nearly half of it can actually be gone seven months after treatment. So when you are told that a temporary filler will last a certain amount of time, it’s important not to assume that most of it is still present for that entire duration.
Bellafill is uniquely positioned as a filler. While it’s not permanent, as a five-year filler, half of it is not typically gone at the two-and-half-year halfway mark. The FDA study on Bellafill which followed more than 1,000 patients for five years showed that around 85 percent of patients were still satisfied with the results five years after initial treatment. This is an astonishing statistic since I don’t know of another synthetic injectable filler on the U.S. market that is not only highly safe, but also lasts as long as five years, like Bellafill.
Additional data on Bellafill shows that many patients notice that Bellafill looks better as time goes by after the initial injection. Up to half of my Bellafill patients mention, nine months later, that they notice additional improvements since their last treatment. Also, histology studies on Bellafill have shown that some of the collagen laid down by Bellafill is still present up to 10 years after treatment?
So if you’d rather not just take your doctor’s word for it, you don’t have to. Look for the hard data on Bellafill’s high safety profile and its long duration.
Once you have decided to have Bellafill, the most important step you can take is to find an expert injector who does a high volume of Bellafill. Remember, Bellafill is a specialty filler and shouldn’t be performed by just any board certified plastic surgeon or dermatologist. Unlike temporary fillers which will go away quickly, if you don’t like the results, Bellafill will last so you need to seek a highly experienced injector who knows what they are doing.