The Truth About Bellafill / Artefill
For several years Mabrie Facial Cosmetic has offered Artefill, the only FDA-approved permanent filler on the market. As of 2014, our practice has discontinued the use of Artefill, and will no longer offer this product to our dermafiller patients.
Artefill is currently the only FDA-approved permanent filler for use in the face. It is approved exclusively for treatment of the nasolabial folds.
Although we achieved some very good results while using Artefill to treat the nasolabial folds, we have decided to stop using this product for the following reasons:
- We seldom focus treatment primarily on the nasolabial folds. In our practice, we typically concentrate on cheekbone augmentation, treating the nasolabial folds as a secondary adjunctive procedure.
- Artefill is too soft for structural augmentation. The soft consistency of Artefill is beneficial for treating the nasolabial folds, but makes it less effective for non-surgical chin augmentation and non-surgical rhinoplasty procedures.
- The effects of Artefill are irreversible. With results lasting up to 18 months, reversible fillers like Restylane are a safer, long lasting option for treating delicate areas like the tear troughs.
Out of 2,000 nominees in the U.S., Dr. Mabrie was voted one of the Top 25 Most Loved Injectors for 2017 by the RealSelf community. Thanks to all our amazing patients for making him the only injector in the Bay Area to receive this honor.
What Should I Use Instead?
We prefer to use Restylane for the tear troughs, lips, and nose because it is firm enough to give structure, but soft enough to use in these delicate areas. Most importantly, Restylane is a reversible filler.
JUVÉDERM VOLUMA™ XC is a fantastic long-lasting filler for cheekbone augmentation, midface, and non-surgical chin augmentation. JUVÉDERM VOLUMA lasts up to 2 years, but is also reversible should complications or adverse reactions occur.
Dr. David Mabrie, M.D., F.A.C.S., performs all dermal filler treatments personally, ensuring you consistent, personalized results and expert care.
Dr. David Mabrie
For more than a decade, Dr. David Mabrie has been perfecting his technique for optimizing facial beauty with dermal fillers. He is the only facial plastic surgeon in San Francisco whose practice is focused entirely on injectables.