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Truth About Injectable Fillers

Posted: 2:09 p.m. Friday, March 27, 2015

By Anita Mandal, M.D.
Question: I read a med spa doctor’s article last Sunday on the benefits of Voluma lasting 3?years and that it can be dissolved if the results are unsatisfactory. Doesn’t Voluma last only 2 years?

Answer: Firstly, do not believe everything you read or hear! There is a great deal of misinformation put out by some physicians and pharmaceutical companies who are more focused on selling their product rather than providing quality results.

What Allergan, the manufacturer of Voluma, does not reveal is that certain Voluma studies show a duration of “up to 2 years” only after about 9-11 syringes are used. At a cost of $900 -$1,000 per syringe, a 2 year result can cost $8,000 to $11,000. Claims of Voluma lasting 3 years are false. As physicians, we have a moral and professional duty to accurately convey the facts about products and services.

Voluma, a type of Juvederm, is biphasic. Biphasic fillers tend not to dissolve as well as monophasic fillers like Restylane. It is better to get it right the first time around, just like with surgery, rather than try to correct injection errors.

You were misinformed of Voluma’s benefits. It is not uncommon for med spas and even physicians to exaggerate or slightly distort the benefits to make the sale. Most med spa doctors lack the expertise, anatomical knowledge or aesthetic skill compared with a board certified facial plastic surgeon.

Temporary volume fillers such as Sculptra can last 2 years, Radiesse is up to 1 year whereas Perlane and “heavy” Juvederm are 9 to 18 months. In comparison, Bellafill is considered “permanent”. While it costs more than temporary fillers, it lasts much longer with a very low risk of granulomas. Considered the “Bentley” of fillers, Bellafil can also give smoother, more natural results in areas difficult to treat with temporary fillers.

Careful consultation with a Board Certified Facial Plastic Surgeon to assess your injectable filler needs is the first step.

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