With most fillers lasting only six months to a year, the idea of one lasting a lifetime is revolutionary. Artefill, the very latest to be approved by the FDA, does just that. This permanent injectable filler is a new option for individuals who have experienced other temporary, or short-term fillers in the past and would like to have permanent results.
Artefill is the improved version of Artecoll, which has been in Europe and Canada for 10 years and over 400,000 patients treated, it was FDA approved for use in the United States October 2006 for the treatment of nasolabial folds, those pesky smile lines that extend from the outer corners of the nose to the mouth.
The long lasting secret of Artefill lies within its patented formula, according to Dr. Ben Lee, triple-board certified plastic surgeon practicing in Englewood, CO. It contains gel filler consisting of tiny, synthetic microspheres suspended in bovine collagen. The concoction also contains lidocaine, an anesthetic to make the procedure as painless as possible.
Three to six months following Artefill injections, the bovine collagen is gradually absorbed, replaced by the bodies’ own newly created collagen, which naturally encapsulates the microspheres. Initially, Artefill visibly corrects the wrinkle. Then the microspheres provide the support needed to correct and prevent further wrinkling.
Prior to receiving the procedure, it is important to get a skin test. It is not uncommon for patient’s to show an adverse reaction to bovine collagen. If this is the case, they should not receive Artefill injections.
Following the procedure, the injection site will be red and swollen but all side effects should subside within a week. To achieve the desired results, two injections may be necessary. To ensure you are satisfied, Dr. Lee explains, the injection may be delivered in multiple visits for a gradual, personalized result.
Most importantly, since Artefill is a permanent filler, it is essential to keep in mind that the results will last a lifetime. Because of its permanency, only a qualified, highly trained doctor should inject Artefill.