Many who’d like to improve their looks by removing facial wrinkles worry about procedures’ level of invasiveness, and the likelihood that results will not last very long. But there is a new injectable filler that sidesteps these common drawbacks: ArteFill. ArteFill is an FDA-approved injectable filler that is the first and only permanent injectable filler on the market today. It might be just the wrinkle filler you want.
Artes Medical produces ArteFill, which is an improved version of Artecoll. During the last 10 years, the latter has been used in Europe and Canada on more than 400,000 patients. ArteFill gained FDA approval in October 2006 for the treatment of nasolabial folds (smile lines); it has also been used off-label for lip augmentation, acne scars, and other types of wrinkles. Today, Artefill maintains its place among the cutting edge of facial fillers.
As a gel filler consisting of millions of synthetic microspheres (polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA) suspended in purified bovine (cow) collagen, ArteFill also contains the local anesthetic lidocaine to reduce discomfort during injection. The results it produces may be the ones you’re looking for. Talk to us today about ArteFill, about facelifts without surgery, or about any cosmetic filler questions you may have.
How ArteFill Works
ArteFill is injected directly beneath the wrinkle to add a permanent support structure and smoothen the area. The synthetic PMMA microspheres in ArteFill are “non-resorbable,” which means they are not absorbed into the body or metabolized, allowing ArteFill to last significantly longer than other injectable fillers. The microspheres stimulate the body to generate its own natural collagen to encapsulate each individual microsphere, resulting in 80% of the patient’s collagen and 20% microspheres (by volume) to permanently fill in the wrinkle. As the injected bovine collagen is slowly absorbed during a few weeks, the newly generated collagen replaces it. This slow breakdown and natural replenishment process provides ArteFill with its unique and enduring results. Recently Artes Medical submitted five-year safety and efficacy data from its U.S. clinical trial patients to the FDA in order to expand the product’s labeling. The data show a statistically significant improvement of wrinkle correction between six months and five years after the initial injection, which is attributed to the ongoing collagen remodeling process around the PMMA microspheres.
Best Candidates for ArteFill
Men and women of any age may receive ArteFill treatment. Ideal candidates have already tried temporary injections, are injection- and credit card-fatigued, and are sure they want a permanent result. ArteFill is not given to people with allergies to bovine collagen or with chronic skin infections. And it is not recommended for areas of thinner skin (such as crow’s feet around the eyes).
Thirty days before treatment, our doctor will administer a simple allergy skin test for sensitivity to bovine collagen. ArteFill treatment usually requires only 15-20 minutes, but two treatment sessions may be necessary to achieve full wrinkle correction. The treatments are typically performed three to six weeks apart. Before receiving ArteFill, you may first try a temporary filler to confirm your desired result. Be sure to seek advice and treatment only from doctors with sufficient experience in the ArteFill injection technique, as well as other injectable fillers.
Side Effects with ArteFill
Side effects from ArteFill are rare but may include redness, swelling, lumpiness, pain, or sensitivity at the injection site. Some patients may feel a slight firmness after injection, which usually resolves over time.