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Published on Nov 1, 2010
Find out what Robert is saying about his Artefill experience with Natural Image OC.
Patients who have used fillers previously are candidates for Artefill. Because of the potential lifetime permanency, it is not usually recommended for first time filler patients. Dr. Sikorski has many patients who have opted for Artefill for the nasolabial folds and have been very pleased with the results and longevity.
Artefill is made up of microscopic beads suspended in a collagen gel. The collagen acts both as a carrier and an instant filler. The beads, made of PMMA, are not broken down by the body and remain in the skin. It is this unique quality that makes Artefill so different from every other filler.
PMMA, polymethylmethacrylate, has been used for many years in orthopedic surgery. It is biologically inert, so there is almost no chance of allergic response. The carrier vehicle, bovine collagen, is the component which necessitates a pre-injection test several weeks prior to full use. About 3% of the population has potential bovine collagen sensitivity.
PMMA implantation is considered permanent. Within the first 1 to 3 months after treatment with Artefill®, the bovine collagen vehicle degrades and is replaced with the body's own new collagen tissue. This binds to and encapsulates the PMMA microspheres into place thus preventing migration. The full effect of the augmentation may not be seen until this process is complete.