Artefill (polymethylmethacrylate) is an injectable dermal filler and in the family of permanent fillers that provides long lasting correction of facial lines, wrinkles, and folds. A gel mixture made of tiny, synthetic microspheres suspended in purified bovine collagen at about a 20% to 80% ratio, Artefill immediately boosts the volume of the skin around the injected area, and the microspheres act as a kind of scaffold for your body’s collagen, providing long term results and reducing the need for follow up treatments. Since the body doesn’t absorb it, Artefill has an advantage in longevity over other dermal fillers such as Juvederm and Radiesse.
Thirty days before receiving Artefill injections, a patient must undergo an allergy skin test. This is important for determining whether the patient has any sensitivity to the bovine collagen present in the Artefill mixture. If the patient does not demonstrate an allergic reaction, they can begin treatment.
A session of Artefill injections only lasts around twenty minutes, and is a relatively painless procedure. Although anesthetic is not needed, a numbing agent known as Lidocaine is present in the Artefill mixture to minimize patient discomfort.
- Artefill is administered to patients in a series of injections to the affected areas of the face where lines, wrinkles, and folds have presented. Artefill can also be used to restore volume to pitted scars and to thin lips. In most cases, several treatment sessions are required to obtain full results, although results are considered semi-permanent.The number of syringes used during your treatment session will depend on the severity of your condition. You can estimate the volume you would need based on the following chart:
Who is a candidate for Artefill?
You should consider Artefill if you are seeking long lasting correction of facial lines, wrinkles, and folds, especially around the eyes, the nasolabial area, mouth, and chin. Artefill is considered a semi-permanent solution and can also be used to fill out pitted scars and add volume to the lips.
What is the Recovery Time of Artefill?
Like other dermal fillers, there is little to no recovery time with Artefill. Although temporary redness and swelling can occur near the injection sites, most patients can return to their normal daily activities immediately after treatment. Bruising can also occur, but usually resolves within 3-7 days.
Are there risks or side effects with Artefill?
Risks and side effects are minimal with Artefill treatments. The most common side effects include mild and temporary swelling, bruising, and redness near the injection sites. These usually resolve within one week. Before undergoing treatment, it is imperative that you receive a skin allergy test to avoid the possibility of an allergic reaction after injection. You should not receive Artefill injections if you have an active skin infection or other condition, such as active acne, as the injections may exacerbate the condition.
How long do the results last?
Artefill is considered a semi-permanent solution for the treatment of facial wrinkles. Although several sessions may be required to obtain optimal results, most patients find that their results are long lasting. Sun protection and good skin care will help maintain the improved appearance of your skin.