Does Bellafill Really Last 5 Years?
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 26, 2017
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m interested in Bellafill but so many claims have been made about other fillers like Voluma and Sculptra lasting 2 years. These fillers seem to only last 2 years if you keep coming back for repeat touch up treatments. How do I know that Bellafill will really last the full 5 years?
Answer: There are several key factors about Bellafill that you should be aware of. First, the FDA study on Bellafill showed at least 90% patient satisfaction with the 5 year results after initial treatment. These patients did not keep returning for touch up treatments. Bellafill has also been studied in more patients than any other current FDA approved filler on the U.S. market.
Studies show that the results from Bellafill can get better over time. I have found this to be the case in my own practice. It’s not uncommon for a patient to return 9 months after treatment to say that they look even better than right after the initial treatment.
Unlike a temporary filler like Voluma where a 2 year result in the cheeks was shown in the FDA study to occur after an average placement of 8.9 syringes, Bellafill does not require touch ups or maintenance treatments to last 5 years. You will, of course, continue to age even after your Bellafill treatment so it does not halt the future aging process. However, based on the compelling Bellafill FDA study’s results and my experience with having done over 2000 syringes in over 4 years, Bellafill is a 5 year filler.
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Superior injection skills and a strong aesthetic eye are key to a good result. Equally important is use of a sufficient number of Bellafill syringes to assure effective facial volumization and a 5 year duration. Given the higher costs of Bellafill compared to temporary fillers, many doctors tend to recommend fewer syringes than the patient actually needs for adequate facial volumization. Such undertreatment only leads to patient dissatisfaction.
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