Is Bellafill Truly Superior to Temporary Fillers?
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, July 17, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’m tired of getting repeat filler injections every 6 to 12 months, with the costly upkeep. How does Bellafill compare to temporary fillers?
Answer: Bellafill is a gold standard filler when it comes to facial volumization. Below are key differences between Bellafill and the temporary fillers of Restylane, Juvederm, Perlane, Volume, Sculptra and Radiesse.
Bellafill: Lasts at least 5 years and typically maintains most of its volume for the entire 5 years without repeat maintenance treatments.
Temporary Fillers: Lasts 4 to 24 months, depending on the filler. However, in order to get a 2 year result from, for instance, a 2 year temporary filler, you still need maintainable injections every 6 -12 months.
Bellafill: Restores volume by stimulating your body’s own collagen.
Temporary Fillers: Filling is from the volume of the actual substance that is injected.
Bellafill: Often gets better with time.
Temporary fillers: Diminishes over time.
Bellafill: Costs more per syringe but overall cost is less, in the long run, due to minimal maintenance.
Temporary fillers: Costs less per syringe but much higher overall cost, in the long run, due to frequent maintenance injections.
Bellafill: Gives more natural volumization results due to its collagen stimulation properties.
Temporary fillers: More prone to less natural volumization.
Bellafill: A very versatile filler used in many different areas: cheeks, smile lines, mouth corners, temples, lower lid hollows and forehead.
Temporary fillers: Use is restricted to certain facial areas only.
Bellafill: Requires much higher injector skill from a surgeon specializing in the face, with an in-depth understanding of the intricate facial anatomy and aesthetic proportion.
Temporary fillers: Requires a lower skill level and injection errors can more readily be justified by telling the patient that filler will go away soon.
Bellafill has significant benefits compared to temporary fillers. Which filler to choose is a personal choice.
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