Roberta S Jzq
map-marker San Diego, California

Bellafil GONE WRONG 15 years After dozens injections for minuette lines! Beware

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Updated by user Sep 16, 2023

Praying Suniva President of Board will listen to real horrible outcome. I am verified user from 2912 to 2018.

TerribleBumps growing and growing. Painful,burning, face looks like different person.

I beg you to help. Please help me.

Original review Sep 16, 2023
Just recently, I discovered cause of dozens of visible big nodules around mouth was due to FDA approved drug Bellafil and Artefill. I complained to Dr Vogel, Baltimore,Md now relocated to Florida when tiny, unnoticeable. Thru MRIs, countless trips to oral surgeons $$$, and plastic surgeons$$$ NO ONE including rich Sunevda Co who makes billions will give no help on just how to remove.The plastic surgeon, who purchased Dr Vogel office in Pikesville, Md was awful. Just said you will have to talk to attorney. They refuse to give me new email address of Dr Vogel who works at a new plastic surgery center in Florida. The worst part, I spent months randomly hitting extensions for help. Only one what seemed nice lady referred me to another dept ( but wrong email) I tried unsuccessfully to contact anyone on Board of Directors and everyone refuses. Sunevda made billions and no assistance. I only want to remove FDA filler for minuette lines that have grown much larger, burn, painful and caused psychological damage cause my face disfigured. I told the not interested in suing, but long term 15 year side effect is disfiguring. Disgusting, Beware of the company, better yet run from all fillers made by sunevda. FDA did not look at horrible, painful, burning effect 15 years later. Sunevda Bellafil grew into heave large nodules, granulomas that weigh down my sad lip lines like concrete. Since learning I massage daily, no use! I begged Sinuveda for help- NO HELP. Never buy this horrible permanet filler which will make you look grotesque with dozens large nodules popping out of skin. OMG I cant stand anyone looking at my disfigured face. Suni ESA,Dr Vogel , DV Aesthetic on crossword rd Pikesville Md everyone hides from you!
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Cons:
  • Run from suneva medical filler products

Preferred solution: Removal of Suniva fillers. Help get it out. No one on Suniva provider list removes dozens hard painful, burning nodules on fave

User's recommendation: RUN AWAY from ALL Sumidiva facial fillers! You look awful 15 years later!!!

1 comment
Roberta S Jzq

SUNIVDA Horrible long term filler Bellafil and Artefil. FDA must review horrible long term effects

Lori S Vsi

Severe complications from Bellafill.

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Suneva Medical - Severe complications from Bellafill.
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Development of severe facial granulomas due to injections of Bellafill. Granulomas are under both eyes and marionette lines. I have reached out to Suneva asking for financial help in the treatment of my condition up to, and including surgical removal. I have followed their protocol for treatment of granulomas to include several painful injections without resolution of granulomas.
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Loss:
$4500
Cons:
  • Refusal to acknowledge condition

Preferred solution: Acknowledgement of my condition caused by their product. Pay cost of treatment up to and including surgical removal of granulomas. Reimburse for treatment costs so far.

User's recommendation: Do not use

Roberta Schwartz c
map-marker San Diego, California

Bellafil and Artefill causes facial disfigurement years after injections.Dozens of hard nodules surrounding lips particularly lower face when used for minuete lines. Burning. protudimg from face .

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Sunevda makes bellafill and artfully. After being treated for severe minuets lines I am left with dozens of hard nodules bulging from my face. I have begged any person, including board members and they absolutely refuse to help. I have been fighting since 2018. I hope a class action suit regrading face disfurgement starts in 2023. I join with millions of women. Plastic surgeon Dr Vogel refuses to return calls or letters for 3 years. God please get this billion dollar co return my face to normal. All I want is to find qualified MD to remove this awful Product.
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Loss:
$15000
Pros:
  • Run
Cons:
  • Awful product andcorruot co

User's recommendation: We need class action suit against Bellafil nodules tethered and disfiguring face

Lori S Vsi
map-marker Greeley, Colorado

Bellafill Nightmare! Permanent facial disfigurement

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Development of under eye and marionette line SEVERE granulomas! Suneva has provided absolutely no help in treatment. Bellafill is comprised of PMMA (microfibers of PLEXIGLASS) which is permanent! The PMMA has migrated and caused further damage and development of granulomas. Suneva medical advisor describes Bellafill as the safest under eye dermal filler.Suneva refuses to acknowledge this permanent severe facial deformity I now have. I just wanted help in paying for treatment. I have undergone extremely painful injections as recommended by Suneva medical director without success. I had them done exactly as directed. Horrible product with SEVERE permanent facial deformities.
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User's recommendation: DO NOT USE!!!!

2 comments
Hindy Cdn

I also had a horrible experience with Suneva and the Artefill product and would love to collaborate in a Class-Action lawsuit. Is there a pending suit already with Suneva or how do we start one?

Roberta S Jzq

Horrible products.FDA must do 15 yr study of horrible effects

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Kris R Zbq

Disfigured and edema

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After injection I was disfigured permenantly. I have granules edema swelling and migration after only 2 years what a disaster
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Loss:
$3000

Preferred solution: Full refund

User's recommendation: Don't touch it

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Nikitha Nte

Wish I’d seen this before I did. Currently fighting a disfiguring case of edema that has been with me for 7 months since the injections.

Horrific product.

Did nothing that it was supposed to do. Just left me with swelling and medical bills.

Cheri R Zwk
map-marker Chicago, Illinois

Bellafill disaster

This product is horrible, the drs who inject it have no morals. I was left with disfiguring edema, burning sensations and it has only been 6 months. I am terrified every day at what fresh *** I will be dealing with each morning. Run away!!
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Loss:
$1700

Preferred solution: Surgery

User's recommendation: Run away!!!!

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Roberta S Jzq

Horrible long term facial disfigurement, pain, burning

Anonymous
map-marker Tucson, Arizona

Dumping $40,000 of product in 4 months and suing. Leaving attorney fees.

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This company made a big push to sign up small physician practice. They then dumped approximately $40,000 of product that doctor could not use in his small practice. They refused to take back, did not cash checks even when we called the CEO of company and then out of the blue sued in court. We were left with unsellable product, attorney fees and interest and product. This product lasts so IF THE PHYSICIAN ERRS IN THE INJECTION HE WILL END UP WITH an ATTORNEY AT THE DOOR. DO NOT DO BUSINESS WITH THIS FLY BY NIGHT COMPANY.
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User's recommendation: RUN AWAY. FAST! NO CUSTOMER SERVICE. BAD BUSINESS PRACTICES.

Shawn M Ehr

Artefill Horror

Suneva Medical - Artefill Horror

I had Artefill injected in 2010 and now am seeing and feeling huge lumps all over my face where the product was injected. I was never informed that this was a perm.

medical device and was told by the injector that it was only considered a long term filler (10 years max) and that it would disappear after 10 years. Here I am 10 years later and have these massive lumps on my face. It is affecting my smiling, chewing, every day life. When I attempt to open my mouth wide, I get this horrible pulling type feeling.

I have since seen a new plastic surgeon and he was the one that informed me of the product and how there are issues now with several patients. He also informed me that the only way to remove this "cement" is to have it surgically removed and since I had the filler done for cosmetic reasons, the removal would also be considered cosmetic and 100% out of pocket. I am looking at well over $30,000 to have this product removed and I can not believe there hasn't been any type of class action law suit regarding this horrible product. Has anyone seen any success after having it removed?

Will I then be left with huge pockets in my face? Dear God I'm at my wits end.

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Loss:
$30
Cons:
  • Artefill
Reason of review:
Damage to face

Preferred solution: Let the company propose a solution

3 comments
Roberta S Jzq

Long term effects not discovered until 15 years after multiple Bellafill Artefill injection. MRI show big nodules tethered to facial nerve.

May cause facial paralysis. Company non responsive FDA must study 15 yr horrible nodules

Guest

See dr in nashville, Tennessee. Hes removed it few times before best occuplastic surgeon. Name is dr seiveking There is a reviewer here who had great results!

Darice Hnz

I too have had it done under my eyes. During our consultation the doctor did not inform me that it was permanent.

I didnt read the contract properly but im sure hes protected himself.

To think this was my fault makes me nauseous and the fact that doctors do this to pts makes me sick. I have lumps under my eyes and burning sensation 24/7

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Julieanna Gsb

Suneva Medical Artefill Injection Review

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I had artefill injected in 2014 and it did not improve anything and left hard knots in my upper lip that still haven't gone away. I have complained to dr Marino and she said it was from the injections in the upper lip. I hate it and spent all that money!!
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Reason of review:
Bad quality
Anonymous
map-marker West Palm Beach, Florida

Suneva Fraudulently Bills doctors

I and another doctor in South Florida were victims of a scam. Suneva sent their representative who told us what a miracle product Artefill was and all this safety data. They then suggested we hire an independent marketing expert which they provided , to work with us until we had enough patients. What they failed to mention is that this independent contractor would order product and either steal it or in one case mail it to another employee and either resell it or send it back to the company. In any event despite protesting that we never received this product, Suneva unmercifully hounded us for 9 months and I submitted to paying back $34,00 dollars until I found out about this second doctor. They have $14,000 of my money they know is not owed them and now want an additional $20,000 from me despite not proving I order nor received the product. They had to settle out of court with the other doctor who miraculous produced a Suneva invoice and actual box made out to an employee at their home address, despite Suneva saying under oath that "we never sent anything other than to the doctor's office. " The product results are so bad, look up numerous complaints of people having permanent nasal bleeds, giant granulomas and disfigurement and how Suneva manipulates or threatens lawsuits on the internet . It has gotten so bad that they now have rebranded Artefill as Bellafil because most doctors familiar with Artefill won't touch it and in order to get funding from a capital investment firm in Spain, Suneva changed the name. If any doctors out there are concerned that they have been the victims of a billing/not authorized order for this product contact me drnavarro@***.com www.drnavarro.com
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Anonymous
map-marker Waukegan, Illinois

Artefil in my lips

Yes, this company should be out of business. They put 4 injections in my lips and I had to surgically remove one so far. Artefill is not even indicated for lips!!!Dr. Stacy Kaiser should not be in business as a physician either. When I went back to her and said I have lumps on my lips she wanted to put more of the product in my lips to make them even. Thank God I didn't do that! When I went to a plastic surgeon to get one lump removed, he said that Artefill was a horrible product and should not be used in any part of your body. Horrible company
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Anonymous
map-marker Oak Ridge, Tennessee

Suneva Medical Inc tricked me into not filing lawsuit against their company until statute of limitations had passed

I was injected with Artefill to correct marionette lines. Within one month there was no sign of improvement and I began having continuing problems. Opening my mouth wide was difficult and when I yawned it felt like something was pulling or tearing. I had a weird sensation and constant numbness. I still have numbness and clumps of product where the Artefill was placed. I suffered with a painful infection and graduloma in the area of my face where the Artefill was injected, and many weeks I was unable to eat properly and lost ten pounds during that time. I suffered embarrassment in my daily life the continuing problems and not being able to correct this has caused me extreme loss of confidence and low self esteem. I have contacted the company several times with this complaint. I talked via email with Stacy Lewis and also Karon Morrell. I was told by Ms Morrell that I needed to visit an Artefill doctor to assess the problems I was having and find a solution. I was told that Dr Hamel, who I wanted to do the evaluation was unavailable and I was sent to Dr. Donald Clemons whom I am told was recommended because he is a personal friend of their Sales Representative, I have the email from Stacy Lewis stating this. Dr. Clemons did not address any of my symptoms and interrupted me several times during the consultation when I tried to ask questions, he was arrogant, dismissing my concerns completely and talked mostly about himself and his career. Dr. Clemons also informed me that he is the instructor for all Artefill injectors in Tennessee, which means he is the only doctor who could be called as an expert witness concerning Artefill and he is in the hire of Suneva Medical Inc. Dr Clemons also trained the injector at Snooty Spa where I was injected. I was lead to believe I would receive treatment to correct the damage but this was only a ruse to delay legal action on my part until the statute of limitations had passed. I was mislead by Suneva and their COO Karon Morrell as they intentionally lead me believe I would receive help to correct these problems they did not respond until the statute of limitations had passed and sent a letter by mail the day before rejecting my claim, and afterward I was completely ignored by the company. I complained to the BBB of San Diego, but this was pointless because the BBB is just the fox guarding the hen house. Apparently the BBB is for the business only and not the consumer, I was unaware of this when I contacted them in regards to this matter. In my second response to them I ask that Suneva Medical show proof of their response to me as they claim they tried to resolve this matter, they did not try in any way to resolve this matter. I can show proof of my allegations against their company. Suneva made false statements against me and they were allowed to slide by with no repercussion for their wrong doing. Suneva Medical never tried to resolve this matter in any way. Their CEO Nicholas L. Teti, Jr. and COO Karon Morrell purposely mislead me. This is a heartless corporation
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Loss:
$3700
Cons:
  • Uncaring deceitful company
Reason of review:
Bad quality
6 comments
Guest

please contact me at znavarro@***.com

i am a physician who used Artefill was disappointed in results and didnt reorder

I year later they claimed I ordered 40 thousand dollars which I didnt but now they are suing me ! I would love to hear your story

Guest

My name is Tracy Painter I had aretifill injected in my face in 2010. It has destroyed my face.

It has now got into the muscles of my face and I have to have it cut out it is severely painful and I don't know what to do. Because it has taken so long to find out what was causing all my pain and the right doctor to treat I supposedly do not have a case.

This has destroyed my life and my face!!!

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I also had problems with Artefill injections. Do you mind sharing what doctor helped you fix/cut out the Artefill. It worries me to have anything else done at the injection site, but worries me more not to have it cut out.

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Please call me. I am going through the same with artefill.

I had some of it surgically removed. 615-995-****

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I am a Medical Aesthetician who was injected with Artefill. I have been living with a large granuloma under my left eye from the product.

I've spoken to Suneva reps as has the Doctor I work for and they told him to inject 5-FU into the granuloma and that would help to either get rid of or reduce the granuloma. We've tried to no avail. We've also spoken to Plastic Surgeons and Ocular Plastic Surgeons (hoping they could remove it by going through the lower lid so there would be no scarring) all have said they would not touch it because of the severity of the granuloma, and with the possible chance of nerves and vessels forming around it, I could possibly lose the sight in my eye.

I also have 3 smaller granuloma's near the tail of both brows near my eyes and periodically they will flare up an cause excruciating pain if touched. Awful awful awful company!!!

Darice Hnz
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I too have had it done under my eyes. During our consultation the doctor did not inform me that it was permanent.

I didnt read the contract properly but im sure hes protected himself.

To think this was my fault makes me nauseous and the fact that doctors do this to pts makes me sick. I have lumps under my eyes and burning sensation 24/7

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