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Artefill: Immediate Gratification with Lasting Results

Published August 5, 2014 9:16 AM by Mina Grasso

The most common complaint patients have about tissue fillers is that they don't last long enough. Some patients don't like the idea having to return in 6-12 months to have repeated injections.

ArteFill is an injectable filler that provides long-lasting wrinkle and volume correction. ArteFill differs from other tissue fillers currently available. It is made up of 20% Polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) and 80% bovine collagen. PMMA, used for over 60 years, is one of the most biocompatible synthetic materials in the world. It is used as bone fillers, intraocular and dental applications. ArteFill is a matrix of biocompatible microspheres combined with bovine collagen. Because the collagen is denatured and processed without cross-linking or telopeptides, it provides low immunogenicity.

Immediate results are seen after injection, and over time ArtFill works to produce the body's own collagen within the matrix and provides long-lasting support. The natural collagen that is created helps strengthen the layers that support the skin resulting in longer lasting support of the wrinkle or volume correction.

ArteFill is not a new filler. We entertained offering ArteFill when it was first FDA-approved in 2006 for nasal labial folds. At that time, we decided to hold off due to reports of patients developing granulomas. Seven years later, with over 300,000 syringes used globally and with ArteFill's safety profile showing comparable to the many tissues fillers currently available, we decided to bring it back. Expert injectors have used ArteFill for many applications with a global approach to facial volume rejuvenation and treatment of acne scars. Patients who have experienced shorter duration tissue fillers have been very satisfied with immediate gratification of ArteFill and longer lasting results.

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