Injectable Fillers: Myth Vs. Fact
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, March 27, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I want to get fillers for my deep facial grooves and hollows but heard that fillers can move or make your face puffy and that long lasting fillers cause visible lumps over time. What would you recommend?
Answer: There are numerous misconceptions about fillers. Almost always, patients with poor results are victims of inferior injection technique, substandard injector skill or poor understanding of the intricate facial anatomy.
MYTH 1: Injectable fillers move to a different place after being injected – FALSE. In 20 years of practice, I have never seen an injectable filler move. I have, however, heard of many patients who were falsely told by their doctors that the filler moved as an explanation for why the filler ended up in a place different from where it was injected. Poor injectors make great excuses for poor skill and poor results.
MYTH 2: Radiesse, Restylane & Juvederm last one year – FALSE. These are temporary fillers. When a temporary filler is known to last one year, typically that means that half of the filler is likely gone in 6 months. Unlike temporary fillers, Bellafill, the 5-year filler, has been shown to last 5 years, not only to the patient’s satisfaction but it also gets better over time.
MYTH 3: Bellafill is too costly – FALSE. Bellafill costs 35 to 40 percent more than temporary fillers. However, if you spread the cost of Bellafill over a 5 year period, Bellafill works out to be the most cost-effective and, often, the lowest priced filler on the U.S. market.
MYTH 4: Long-term fillers give visible bumps over time as the skin thins with age – FALSE. I have not seen bumps when Bellafill is injected properly. To the doctors who make this false claim, I say show me the research to prove your case. It does not exist!
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