Have you noticed that you look older than you feel? This may be because facial wrinkles begin to appear as the underlying collagen and elastin fibers break down. Although this is part of the natural aging process, they can also result from excessive sun exposure (photoaging), cigarette smoking, alcohol use, squinting, frowning and smiling.
Do you often reminisce about when your skin was soft, smooth and wrinkle-free? Well with Artefill, your skin can return to a more natural state. Over the past few decades, many attempts have been made to fill in wrinkles and repair scars. Results from biological products such as collagen, hyaluronic acid and fat are relatively short-lived fixes because the body absorbs them in about 6 months. Studies have shown that synthetic materials, such as silicone, are longer lasting but they can migrate and can cause the formation of granulomas especially when non-medical grade silicone is used and the micro droplet technique is not used. Artefill used with other therapies such as Botox and CO2 laser skin resurfacing with SmartXide DOT are other procedures that can enhance Artefill treatments giving you the ultimate naturally youthful appearance without surgery.ArteFill® combines time-proven bovine collagen with inert, medical grade polymethylmethacrylate or PMMA microspheres. ArteFill can provide a permanent volume enhancement by stimulation of fibroblasts that encapsulate nonabsorbable microspheres with collagen deposition. It is commonly used off-label for augmentation of other skin creases and regional areas of volume deficiency, such as the tear trough-malar and marionette line-prejowl sulcus regions. The key to success with ArteFill is a conservative approach with avoidance of overcorrection. Proper technique is the most important part in placement of this product which includes deep dermal to subcutaneous and sometimes supraperiosteal injection.
Approved as safe and effective in Europe in 1994, ArteFill has been safely used to treat over 400,000 patients in Canada, Europe, Mexico and South America. It was FDA approved in the U.S. in 2006 for use in the smile lines (nasolabial folds). Dr. Caglia performs Artefill injections for patients from the Dallas area including the surrounding cities of Plano, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, Texas to treat soft tissue contour deficiencies like wrinkles, facial fat loss, including depressed scars and acne scars.
Dr. Caglia is on the HIV advisory board of Suneva Medical, to implement a study for the use of Artefill in HIV associated lipoatrophy. This study is anticipated to begin in the near future for the use of ArteFill for long term facial restoration and correction of lipoatrophy.
What are the benefits of ArteFill?
- ArteFill is made with time-tested materials.
- ArteFill's PMMA is permanent.
- Your body's own collagen encapsulates and anchors the PMMA to fill your wrinkles.
Why PMMA and collagen?
PMMA is an inert plastic. It is the most widely used artificial material in medicine today. PMMA has been used in artificial lens replacements in cataract surgery for over 15 million patients worldwide.
ArteFill uses completely round, smooth microspheres of PMMA. Each sphere is smaller in diameter than a human hair and will be completely encapsulated by your body's own collagen fibers. Encapsulation prevents dislocation and migration.
Collagen is found in every mammal. It is found throughout the body in skin, cartilage, and tendons. Collagen acts as the glue binding different structures within the body. Collagen has a long, safe history in medical implants such as sutures and injectibles.
PMMA microspheres are evenly suspended in the collagen solution. The collagen is used as the vehicle to enable your doctor to implant the PMMA microspheres into dermal deficiencies.
How are ArteFill treatments performed?
ArteFill treatments are performed on an outpatient basis. They are relatively painless because a numbing agent is applied to the treated area and is manufactured with an anesthetic (liodcaine) in it to make your injection more comfortable. Your doctor will use a small syringe, fitted with a microneedle to inject the ArteFill under your skin beneath the wrinkle or defect.
ArteFill is used for:
- Deeper wrinkles around the mouth.
- Soft atrophic and acne scars.
- Other deep facial wrinkles
How many injections will I need?
Several injections may be required, depending on the depth and length of the wrinkle. The procedure usually takes less than 20 minutes of your time. The results are immediate. You can determine at first glance if you are happy with the results or if you would like more ArteFill injected in the treated areas. Generally, these are slightly undercorrected with re-evaluation in 4-6 weeks. At that time retreatment takes place to fully correct the wrinkle or defect.
What can I expect after my treatment with ArteFill?
After Dr. Caglia performs your ArteFill treatments you can expect greatly improved wrinkles or smoothed out depressed scars. Patients are up and around immediately after receiving ArteFill for nasal labial fold areas. Discomfort is minimal. The treatment site may have a little swelling, which may last a few days to a week depending on the area treated. There may be some slight bruising at the injection site, which can be covered with make-up. Depending on the area treated, most of your correction may last for many years. Some touch-up treatments may be necessary. Allergic reactions are rare, but may consist of prolonged redness, itching, and/or firmness at the injection site.
Find out if you could benefit from Artefill. Schedule your complimentary consultation with our practice today.
[Last Edited on February 22, 2015]