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By far, Artefill is the longest lasting filler around. It has been shown to safely provide consistent results for 5 years after injection, and there are other similar fillers around the world that have been studied for longer and last 10 years or more.
Artefill is made of PMMA (poly-methyl methacrylate), which has been used in medicine and surgery for decades. The actual material is formed into “ultrauniform” (meaning extremely consistent size and shape) spheres. The exact size of the particles is very important because it’s what makes Artefill safe and predictable. Other PMMA fillers around the world have a much inferior safety record, and PMMA found outside of America is much more impure and can be fraught with problems from the body’s rejection of these less pure forms. As long as the PMMA is manufactured to the exacting specifications that Artefill uses, the material does very well in the human body.
The good news is that there is no problematic PMMA available in America. So if you’re getting a treatment in this country by a qualified injector, you have nothing to worry about with regards to the quality of the Artefill. San Francisco is a pioneering city for this amazing filler.
Artefill is fantastic for the smile lines around the mouth and the outer chin ‘pre-jowl’ areas. It has also been reported to be used safely in the cheeks, chin, temples and other areas of the face where filling has been done. I do not treat patients in the lips or the thin areas in the lower eyelids close to the nose with Artefill.
Artefill also contains collagen, which may result in less bruising in the regions of injection. As the collagen in the product is slowly reabsorbed, the body lays down its own collagen in its place, which actually cause a continued improvement in the area of treatment for the next 6-12 months. So in a way, the product doesn’t just have a continued benefit, but instead a benefit that increases slightly with time.
However, because Artefill lasts so long and because technique of injection so critical to getting a good result, it’s extremely important that only qualified injectors use Artefill, San Francisco being a premier place to have this treatment performed. No filler this long-lasting should be trusted in anything but the most expert hands. I do hope that for this filler in particular, patients are wise and choose an extremely qualified physician to inject Artefill.