ArteFill: Myths and Facts

Artefill is one of the newest forms of injectible skin fillers, which are used to correct unwanted facial features such as worry lines, crow's feet, smile and frown lines, acne scars and other facial depressions. Artefill is composed of microsphere-enhanced collagen. The microspheres are composed of smooth, round PMMA, a commonly used medical implant material used to make artificial bones and implants. The even distribution of the microspores throughout the gel is what is called a colloidal agent, and it this mixture that is injected into the skin to fill out lines and wrinkles. This kind of resin has been used as a bone cement or filler in orthopedic surgery for many years.

How Does Artefill Work?

Artefill treatments are conducted as out patient procedures that can be performed in a doctor's office. After injection, the collagen portion of Artefill works by filling in the facial lines or wrinkles immediately. Over time, usually between 1 to 3 months, the collagen is absorbed by the body, while the microspores remain in place, permanently maintaining the facial correction, and can only then be removed by surgery.

Here are some myths and facts about Artefill:

Myth: Artefill Is Not Safe

Fact: Artefill was approved by the FDA in 2006, having completed a 12 month randomized controlled clinical trial, meaning virtually anyone can use the product safely. Before treatment, patients undergo an Artefill Skin Test to determine if they may have any allergic reaction to it, or to the anesthetic lidocaine. Patients with severe or multiple allergies or those whose skin is prone to scarring may also be unsuitable for Artefill treatment, while those with active skin conditions such as pimples, hives, rashes, cysts or other infections are advised to allow them to clear up before beginning treatment. Artefill is also not recommended for pregnant women, those breastfeeding infants or women under 18 years of age.

Myth: There Are Many Side Effects of Artefill

Fact: Any injected skin filler like Artefill may have some initial side effects such as redness, swelling or soreness that usually only last about 24 hours following treatment, with some possible minor bruising that may last up to a week. Patients taking aspirin or anti inflammatory medication may experience more noticeable bruising or bleeding from the injection. Lumps or small areas of tissue inflammation called granulomas may also occur in very low incidences, though they are treatable and are not considered serious.

Myth: Insurance Covers Treatment

Fact: Most treatments such as Artefill that are elective, meaning you choose to have it done but it's not medically necessary, are considered cosmetic procedures and are not typically covered by heath insurance.

Myth: Artefill Requires Multiple Treatments

Fact: Generally Artefill has been proven effective in as little as 1 or 2 treatments, however each case is specific to the individual patient, and some may require more procedures depending on the severity of their skin issue.? Since Artefill was designed as a permanent solution for topical dermal problems, long term treatment is not commonly necessary.

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