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False Fears About Permanent Fillers

Posted: 2:33 p.m. Friday, June 5, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I prefer a long lasting or permanent filler for my hollow cheeks due to the costly maintenance of having temporary fillers every 1 to 2 years. My concern is that while temporary fillers eventually go away, what if I don’t like the results of a long lasting filler?

Answer: There’s no question that long-term or “permanent” injectable fillers require greater technical skill and knowledge of facial anatomy for successful results. Unlike temporary fillers, long lasting fillers like Bellafil should ideally be performed by Facial Plastic Surgeons experienced with surgical procedures like cheek and chin implants which are mostly “permanent” and “irreversible.”

Facial Plastic Surgeons, unlike cosmetic doctors who do not perform surgery, are trained, skilled and comfortable with irreversible treatments where there is not always a second chance at improving or correcting the result. Surgeons do appreciate the importance of getting the job done right on the first attempt.

Because Facial Plastic Surgeons tend to think of the results from surgery as well as long lasting fillers in terms of getting it right on the first attempt, they are more likely to have the same approach to temporary filler treatments. Wouldn’t it be nice if all the injectors focused on doing it right on first attempt. There would certainly be significantly fewer overfilled, unnatural looking faces walking around.

It’s no surprise that many injectors are afraid of permanent fillers and may even scare you off with false claims of the “dangers” of long lasting fillers. You can also find such misrepresentations on the Internet. As a BellaDiamond account in the top 1% of Bellafil injectors in the country, I have experience with over 1200 Bellafil syringes and find it to be a very safe long-term filler. As patient consumers, do your own research and seek the expert opinion of a Facial Plastic Surgeon who performs a high volume of long-term fillers like Bellafil.

Regardless of whether you opt for a long-term filler such as Bellafil, which lasts 5 years or more, or a temporary filler, choosing a Facial Plastic Surgeon with the technical expertise and facial aesthetic knowledge to get it right the first time is to your advantage.

My approach to the successful use of a “permanent filler” like Bellafil is to do 2/3 of the total estimated amount at the first treatment with the remaining 1/3 a month later as a fine-tuning treatment. Occasionally, I break it up in 3 or 4 treatments for the highest quality results.

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