Because there are no official long term studies that go past
5 years we cannot officially say that Bellafill is permanent. That said, there is no drop in volume at 5
years in the official studies. In
addition, the PMMA beads that act as a biostimulant are non-absorbable. I have many patients who are still happy with
their results at 9 years. They have aged
somewhat and are returning to get a little more Bellafill added as a result.
I hope that helps.
Bellafill is a stimulating agent that produces a filling effect. This resulting volume is not temporary, however, the face will continue to age so changes will occur over time due to aging but not due to the loss of effect from the Bellafill.
Bellafill is injected differently than other fillers; less over time and then it builds collagen naturally. It is not an immediate fill like other fillers. Bellafill is more permanent than other fillers and thus it requires meticulous injection technique and someone skilled and experienced. Some physicians do not use this product for those reasons. I use a significant amount of this product and find it very useful and beneficial for patients. Best, Dr. Emer.
The studies recently published show 5 years of safety and duration. There will be further data as time goes on to show that it will continue to show correction for more than 5 years. PMMA is not broken down by the body. You should have a permanent correction with Bellafill, however aging continues. Further corrections will be needed to keep up with the volume loss associated with aging.