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Are permanent fillers dangerous?

Posted:11:17 a.m. Friday, July 25, 2014

By Anita Mandal, M.D.

Question: My friend had silicone injections in her cheeks. She looked good at first, but after a few years her cheeks became lumpy and deformed? I want Bellafill®, but how does Bellafill® compare to silicone injections?

Answer: Bellafill® is a completely different product from silicone. As a practicing surgeon of 16 years, I made a decision not to offer silicone injections as an option to my patients. Unlike Silicone, Bellafill® is very safe for long term use with minimal risk of 1% or less lump and granuloma formation. Bellafill®’s low risk is similar to many temporary fillers like Restylane™ and Juvederm™.
Unfortunately, the serious problems and dangers of Silicone injections has led to fears and false beliefs that all long term fillers are unsafe. It is important to understand that not all long term or “permanent” fillers are the same.
What makes Bellafill® unique is it’s proprietary formula of PMMA microsphere technology combined with the 20 years of research and development behind Bellafill®. Bellafill®’s PMMA microspheres, which stimulate your own body’s collagen production for long term volume restoration, have a much more uniform size and even distribution during injection and placement within the tissues.
This homogeneous nature of the Bellafill® PMMA microsphere can promote a much more uniform collagen response from your body’s own tissues. A more consistent collagen response can give more predictable and accurate results with fewer complications. Many of the dangerous side effects reported with silicone injections are unique to the nature of the silicone product. In comparison, Bellafill® has a high safety profile.
Not only should one keep in mind that all fillers are not the same but also that proper injection technique is key even with a safe injectable fillers such as Bellafill®. Seeking a qualified Facial Plastic Surgeon who performs a high volume of Bellafill® injections and is a skilled injector is the first step.

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