What Is Artefill?
Artefill is a hybrid gel filler consisting of millions of synthetic microspheres of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) which are suspended in purified bovine (cow) collagen. Artefill also contains a local anesthetic. This takes the edge off by providing pain relief at the same time as the initial injection. Artefill results appear almost immediately.
An allergy test is usually done about a month before treatment because of the bovine collagen in Artefill. If you and your doctor decide on Artefill, the procedure takes approximately 15 minutes to perform and is typically done in the doctor's office. He or she injects the filler beneath your smile lines, plumping them up immediately.
Sometimes more than one treatment session is needed. In these cases, the Artefill treatments are usually performed three to six weeks apart. There is virtually no downtime after Artefill injections.
Artefill is a long-lasting — maybe even permanent — injectable soft tissue filler. It can put the brakes on your smile lines (nasolabial folds) for a long, long time — maybe even forever.
Artefill was approved by the FDA in October 2006 for the treatment of nasolabial folds and has also been used off-label for lip augmentation, acne scars, and other wrinkles. It bears the distinction of being the only "permanent" soft tissue filler approved for use in the U.S.
Artefill side effects may include redness, swelling, lumpiness, pain or sensitivity at the injection site. Some people experience facial firmness after injection, but this usually resolves over time. Occasionally, there is some mild bruising which can last about three to seven days. In some cases, lumps and granulomas may occur with Artefill as well as other soft tissue fillers.
The best way to minimize your risks is to choose a qualified, or an experienced injector and closely follow his or her advice. Board-certified plastic surgeons and facial plastic surgeons are best qualified and to use injectables such as Artefill.
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