Over time, the elastin and collagen in the skin break down, resulting in facial wrinkles and folds. These can be further compounded by such factors as UV exposure, repetitive facial movements and heredity. While there are a variety of injectable fillers available to treat the signs of facial aging, results have, until now, only been temporary. Artefill® is the first and only permanent, non-resorbable injectable filler which is FDA-approved for the treatment of smile lines, or nasolabial folds. This filler is dual-acting, meaning that it provides both immediate and long-lasting wrinkle correction. Artefill first visibly corrects the wrinkles and then the microspheres provide the permanent support needed for lasting wrinkle correction.
Artefill® is comprised of PMMA (polymethylmethacrylate) microspheres and purified bovine collagen gel. It also contains an anesthetic to ensure comfort during the injection. However, since it is not a natural substance, there is a risk of allergic reaction Prior to treatment, a skin test will need to be administered to check for an allergy to bovine collagen. Artefill® should not be administered to patients with an allergy to lidocaine or bovine collagen products.
Dr. Flaharty administers Artefill® as a simple, in-office procedure which takes under an hour to complete, or often as a compliment to a face lift procedure during surgery. Because the results are considered to be permanent, Dr. Flaharty generally prefers to under-fill on the first treatment, adding more at a subsequent appointment, if needed. For most patients, one or two treatments are typically all that are required. During treatment, a fine needle is used
to inject the filler directly beneath the skin. Results are immediate and there is no downtime. Generally, full results are seen within six months of the procedure. As with any injectable, some minor swelling and redness may occur at the injection site, though these typically fade within twenty-four hours. Work and other normal activities can be resumed immediately after your Artefill® treatment.