Long term benefit of Bellafill
Posted: 6:00 a.m. Sunday, May 22, 2016
By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I’ve been getting Radiesse for my deep smile lines and creases at the corners of my mouth. I love the results but it doesn’t even last one full year. Half of it’s gone 7 months later. I like the idea of Bellafill, the 5 year filler but is the extra expense worth it?
Answer: When it comes to dollars, think in terms of what the added value of the dollars you spend is. A cheaper, temporary filler doesn’t really mean that you are getting a deal. Most temporary fillers last 1/5 as long as Bellafill. If a temporary filler is said to last one year, that means about half is still present at 12 months. Are you getting the full value of your dollars when half of your Radiesse, Restylane, Sculptra or Juvederm is gone at 6 months to one year after treatment?
Unlike temporary fillers, Bellafill lasts 5 years. The Bellafill FDA study actually showed that nearly all treated patients were still satisfied with the results, even at the 5 year mark. Unlike temporary fillers, you don’t have to worry about half the Bellafill being gone at the 2.5 year mark. As a Belladiamond member, having performed nearly 2,000 syringes of Bellafill over the past 4 years, my experience is consistent with the FDA study and Bellafill’s long-lasting results.
Another long term benefit of Bellafill is that many patients notice they look better over time. Six to nine months after treatment, additional improvement is often noticed due to the boost in collagen. Bellafill can also be used in many different areas of the aging face, making you less likely to need multiple different fillers for the various parts of the face.
The cost of Bellafill typically runs 40% more than most temporary fillers. With Bellafill lasting at least 5 years, paying only 40 percent more for a Bellafill treatment is a deal!
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