Proper selection of the patient, the anatomical area, and the technique are extremely important in the use of Artefill. Dr. Romano prefers Artefill collagen fillers for patients who desire a potentially permanent result in areas of fine etched-in wrinkle lines or areas that need a firm, non-compressible product, such as in raising the mouth corners or filling in acne scars or other scars.
Artefill is a suspension of chemically inert, biocompatible, extremely small synthetic particles or microscopic spheres mixed with collagen. The microsphere particles are composed of polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA). The process to produce these microspheres is unique and produces extremely small, purified particles that allow for excellent filling and minimize reaction or infection. The microspheres are small enough to pass through the eye of a tiny (27 gauge) needle. The microspheres themselves, and their combination with our own body collagen, are what serve as the structure for filling the defect. This occurs immediately but gets better over time. It is designed to be permanent.
Skin allergy testing is required one month prior to treatment. The treatment is preceded by a local anesthetic, so you have no pain. Camouflage makeup is applied before you leave. You can return to work immediately. There should be no bruising, and you will see a natural and beautiful result right away.
Artefill is Best For:
- Where a potentially permanent result is desired
- Fine etched-in wrinkle lines
- Some furrows and crease lines
- Laugh lines (nasolabial furrows)
- Lip border enhancement
- Smoker’s lines of the lips
- Frown lines
- Transverse forehead lines
- Use with Botox in certain areas (combination therapy)
- Raising mouth corners
- Depressed acne or other scars
- Irregularities in the nose after rhinoplasty
- Nipple enlargement