What are the advantages and disadvantages of using the Artecoll brand?
How does Artecoll compare to other fillers for lip augmentation?
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Artecoll is no longer available in Canada since there were so many problems with bumps, especially in the lips. Restylane or Juvederm are safe to use in the lips and give very natural results if injected skillfully.
Avoid Aretcoll for Lip Augmentation. Hyaluronic Acid Filler Much Better
Artecoll is 25% microscopic plastic beads made of a substance known as polymethylmethacrylate suspended in a solution of 75% bovine collagen. This should not be used in the lips because it can cause lumps or granulomas caused by a reaction to the injections and can be difficult for a doctor to treat. I would highly recommend a hyaluronic acid filler, which will not cause lumps or bumps and the end result, will leave your lips looking and feeling natural.
Permanent Fillers are NOT Good Options for Lip Augmentation
I would never recommend a permanent filler such as Artecoll for lip augmentation. Juvederm or Restylane are the best options for correcting an aging lip. They are used to replace lost volume, define the vermilion borders and create a more youthful curl, elevate and lift the corners of the mouth, and correct vertical wrinkle lines. They can restore the natural contour of the upper and lower lip and enhance the Cupid’s bow area. Lifting the corners of the mouth gives a hint of a smile and reduces the “sad or angry look” when they are down turned. Please remember, your results depend upon the skill and experience of your physician injector.
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Artefill (Artecoll) not used for lip augmentation
Although some physicians use Artefill (Artecoll is the name used for this filler outside the U.S.) for lip augmentation, your safest choice at this time is Juvederm or Restylane or other approved hyaluronic acid gels (or your own fat).
Artefill/Artecoll contains small spheres of pmma ( inert plastic) which are dispersed in a carrier of bovine collagen. You must be allergy-tested to rule out the potential for bovine collagen allergy. The pmma microspheres potentially can move when injected into high-movement area with strong muscle action - the same holds true for other fillers which are contra indicated for use in the lips.
Stay on the safe side. Even though the best fillers for lips are temporary, the risks are extremely low.
Permanent fillers for the lips are not FDA approved in the U.S.
Web reference: http://www.rebeccafitzgeraldmd.com/juvederm.html
These answers are for educational purposes and should not be relied upon as a substitute for medical advice you may receive from your physician. If you have a medical emergency, please call 911. These answers do not constitute or initiate a patient/doctor relationship.
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