Bellafill vs Juvederm

A lot of Hollywood actors and actresses have undergone cosmetic surgery to improve their looks. Lip, cheek, eyebrow, and nose augmentations have become so common that a demand in the services have seen an increase over the last few years. Celebrities like Kylie Jenner (including most of the Kardashians), Laura Anderson, and Selena Gomez, among others, have undergone lip augmentations.

In this article, two famous cosmetic augmentation procedures will be compared – bellafill vs juvederm. These two will be compared based on cost, process, duration of the treatment, as well as the pros and cons of each. Read more to find out.

What is Bellafill?

Bellafill is a cosmetic augmentation procedure that involves a substance called microsphere-enhanced bovine collagen and lidocaine. While this may be shunned upon by vegans, it’s a better alternative to purely synthetic dermal fillers.

Bellafill is a product by the company Suneva Medical Inc. They specialize in the research and production of dermal fillers. Suneva Medical Inc.’s Bellafill is FDA approved. The company claims that Bellafill stimulates natural collagen production at the site of injection.

Overview of Bellafill Procedures

Bellafill is injected in areas like the nose, lips, the cheeks, and chin. It’s also used to inject the areas around the eyes to create the illusion of deeper sockets. Injecting Bellafill into these areas gives volume and stretch the skin, smoothing away age and laugh lines.

Bellafill injections are permanent since they don’t get absorbed by the skin. After a few years, surgery may be performed to remove the fillers. Only licensed cosmetic practitioners are allowed to inject Bellafill into patients.

Bellafill is used for the following:

  • Reduce nasolabial folds
  • Minimize acne scars
  • Restoring skin volume and appearance

Bellafill cannot be used for the following:

  • Patients who test positive in an allergen test to Bellafill
  • Patients allergic to bovine (cattle) proteins
  • Patients allergic to lidocaine or anesthetics
  • Individuals who are genetically predisposed to scarring

Bellafill currently has two procedures: Bellafill cosmetic and Bellafill Acne Scar.

What is Bellafill Cosmetic?

Bellafill cosmetics is geared towards eliminating smile and laugh lines. The company claims the results can last for up to 5 years. 

Bellafill cosmetic is made from polymethyl methacrylate microspheres suspended in bovine collagen. The microspheres act like anchors for collagen to attach to. The bovine collagen either gets metabolised or excreted by the body.

The instantaneous smoothing effect of Bellafill is attributable to the collagen bovine but over time, the body develops its own network of collagen fibers, making Bellafill a permanent cosmetic augmentation procedure. The effect lasts up to 5 years.

What is Bellafill Acne Scar?

Using the same polymethyl methacrylate microspheres suspended in bovine collagen, Bellafill Acne Scar works by increasing the volume beneath the skin. This stretches the skin and gives it a more youthful appearance. It also raises the hollowed-out areas caused by acne.

Bellafill acne scar requires microinjections to the problem areas. These leave minimal damage to the skin with the best results. The microspheres stay to make sure the acne scars don’t get worse over time.

Before and After

Bellafill Cosmetic Before and After, Nasolabial Folds

Bellafill Acne Scar, Before and After, Acne Scars

How Does Bellafill Work?

  1. Consultation and Assessment

Part of the procedure is a thorough medical assessment of the patient. They will be asked to take a skin test to test for reactions to lidocaine, or animal collagen. Patients will also be asked to confirm if they have genetic predispositions for keloid scar formation.

  1. Outlining Targets

Part of the consult will be doctors or the cosmetic professionals identifying which areas need Bellafill.

  1. Injecting Bellafill

The Bellafill professional will proceed to inject directly into problem areas like nasolabial folds, lips, nose, or chin.The same procedure is done on acne scars.

What Is Juvederm?

Juvederm is a patented injectable for cosmetic augmentation. The company behind the product is Allergan. Founders Allen Chao and David Hsia established these in 1948. Allergan started with products to reduce ocular inflammation and most of their products are made for allergies. The company focuses on pharmaceutical and cosmetic products. 

Juvederm’s composition is hyaluronic acid. It’s a naturally occuring substance much like deoxycholic acid used for liposuction. Although hyaluronic isn’t a lipolytic, its main function is to stimulate the production of collagen. Collagen is essential in providing a supple and healthy looking skin.

Hyaluronic acid is found in other parts of the body like the skin and joints that’s why it’s perfectly safe to use as a dermal filler. Juvederm however has synthetic components. This version of hyaluronic acid works exactly the same way as that of the natural substance produced by the body, increasing intracellular fluid, which in turn will remove wrinkles and folds.

Overview of Juvederm Procedures

There are currently four areas targeted for Juvederm injections

  • Juvederm Voluma XC
  • Juvederm Vollure XC and Juvederm XC 
  • Juvederm Volbella XC
  • Juvederm Ultra XC

What is Juvederm Voluma XC?

Juvederm Voluma XC is a dermal filler specifically for the cheek. It’s a deep injection to improve volume. It can also be used to augment the chin. The target audience for the Volume is anyone over 21.

What is Juvederm Vollure XC and Juvederm XC?

This dermal filler is intended for the facial tissues. It removes facial wrinkles and nasolabial folds.  It’s also indicated for patients over 21.

What is Juvederm Volbella XC?

For individuals who want to improve how their lips look, Juvederm Volbella is the choice. It’s also useful to correct or smoothen out lines from the mouth. 

What is Juvederm Ultra XC?

Juvederm Ultra XC is similar to Volbella – it’s a dermal filler for the lips but it can also be used to smoothen out nasolabial folds (smile lines). This makes it a two-in-one treatment.

Before and After

Juvederm Voluma XC, Before and After, Cheeks

Juvederm Voluma XC, Before and After, Nasolabial Line Reduction

Juvederm Volbella XC, Before and After, Lip Augmentation

Juvederm Ultra XC, Before and After, Lip/ Nasolabial Augmentation

How Does Juvederm work?

  • Medical Examination

A default part of the Juvederm treatment is assessing whether the patient has any allergies towards hyaluronic acid. They will also be asked if they’re taking any anticoagulants (Aspirin included), or if they have a medical condition that makes them more likely to bleed. They will also be asked if they’re predisposed to developing keloid scars as Juvederm will require a series of injections.

Individuals that wish to receive Juvederm are expected to stop consuming alcohol for at least two weeks as the alcoholic beverages are classified as a blood thinning substance. Juvederm is also not indicated for pregnant or lactating women due to the lack of confirmatory studies if it has a negative effect on both statuses. 

  • Explanation of the Procedure

At this part, the role of the Juvederm professional will be educating the client on the expectations, risks and results of the treatment. They will be made aware that possible risks and side effects of Juvederm treatment include the any or all of the following:

  • Redness
  • Pain
  • swelling 
  • Firmness or tenderness around the site of injection
  • Minor bruising
  • Minor irritation

These side effects go away after a while, and individuals are required to follow up with their doctors for any complications that may develop. The doctors will discuss with the individuals recommended treatment options to maximize their Juvederm sessions.

At this point, it’s very useful for individuals to ask questions about pricing. They can also ask questions about how long the procedures last. Typically, Juvederm sessions don’t extend more than an hour and patients can go about their day after receiving the dermal fillers. 

  • Injecting the Juvederm fillers.

Depending on Juvederm classification, the fillers will be injected in any of the following areas: general lip area, general nose area, periocular area, chins, cheek and surrounding facial muscles, nasolabial lines, or forehead.

Where to Get Bellafill?

Address: Click the “Find A Provider” button on the upper right section of the website to look for the nearest Bellafill service provider.
Phone Number:  US/Canada Toll Free 844-Bellafill (844-235-5234)
Email: [email protected]

How to Setup An Appointment

Setting up an appointment for Bellafill dermal fillers will require the individual to look up the nearest provider using the locator on the website. A consultation fee is required for Bellafill which costs $75.00. 

Most providers will also help individuals set up appointments by a phone call. The appointment is preceded by a consultation. This stage of the Bellafill sessions will include an assessment of the medical history.

Patients can also coordinate with their providers if photos will be required. Most clinics now take advantage of existing technologies to save time and effort during the consultation phase.

Where to Get Juvederm?

Address: Click the “Find A Provider” button on the upper right section of the website to look for the nearest Juvederm service provider or simply enter a zip code.
Phone Number: 1 (800) 678-1605 (Allergan Customer Service)
Email: no email available

How to Setup An Appointment

Before proceeding with Juvederm sessions, appointments have to be made by the individual requesting the treatment. They can use the locator on the website to find out the contact details of the nearest Juvederm provider. The providers usually do a free consultation.

During the consultation, the patient may ask anything about the costs of the treatment. Some providers have their own dedicated websites with forms the patients can fill out so they get registered on the system. 

The providers may also ask for photos to make things efficient. This is optional though, and individuals can decline at the expense of a possible consultation fee and a longer process.

How much are the procedures for Bellafill?

Prices below are for Bellafill injections.

Treatment TypePrice

Bellafill Cosmetic

Periocular$1500.00
Nose$1000.00
Lips$3000.00
Cheeks$3000.00
Chin$3000.00

Bellafill Acne Scar

Bellafill Acne Scar$1500.00

Consultation

Consult$750.00

Bellafill injections will also vary depending on the amount. Each syringe of Bellafill can cost an average of $1000 up to $1500. Bellafill Cosmetic sessions for the lips cost $3000 since each lip will receive a syringe of filler.

How much are the procedures for Juvederm?

Prices below are for Juvederm injections.

Treatment TypePrice

Juvederm Estimates

Juvederm Voluma XC$1475.00
Juvederm Vollure XC$750.00
Juvederm Volbella XC$525.00
Juvederm Ultra XC$1000.00
Juvederm XC$750.00

Note that Juvederm treatments may vary depending on the provider. Depending on the training received by Juvederm experts, they may have certain limitations as to what they can administer. It’s very important for patients to clarify with their providers if there are differences in the price.

The costs shown here do not reflect the costs at each location. Individuals should contact their providers for a more accurate pricing. 

Pricing per syringe also varies on Juvederm fillers. If lip augmentation required 1 syringe, the cost will be $549. For 2 syringes, it’s going to cost $1098.00 while 3 syringes for full volume lips cost $1647.00.

The cost for Juvederm is varied, with the lowest priced at $450.00 for Juvederm Volbella. The most expensive Juvederm treatment is a total facelift, costing over $2000.00.

PROS and CONS

  

Bellafill Treatment

PROS

Uses synthetic microspheres suspended in natural bovine collagen
Permanent results
Fillers last for a long time
Bellafill uses natural bovine collagen to produce instant results on the first session

CONS

May trigger bovine allergic reaction
Lots of needles used but topical numbing agents are used prior to injections
Requires surgery to remove fillers

Juvederm Treatment

PROS

Uses hyaluronic acid to stimulate collagen growth
Doesn’t require surgical removal
Close to natural process of stimulating the body to produce the filler (collagen)
Hyaluronic acid is used widely as a filler

CONS

May trigger hyaluronic acid allergy reaction
Involves several needles but anesthetics will be used
Results may take several sessions before they become permanent

Conclusion

Both Bellafill and Juvederm have their own advantages and disadvantages. For anyone looking for permanent results, the better option is Bellafill. There’s instant results on the first day and the fillers last up to 5 years. The only downside is that it will require surgical removal.

Hyaluronic acid has been used as a dermal filler since it activates cells to produce collagen fibers. This is a more natural solution so for anyone wanting a safe and inexpensive dermal filler treatment, Juvederm is a better option.

Generally, fillers should do their job of making sure a youthful appearance lasts for years. In this case, the clear winner would be Belllafill.