Does ArteFILL have any off-label uses?
What is ArteFILL Supposed to Treat?
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Artefill is a "permanent" filler, meaning it lasts longer than the temporary 6-12 month fillers. It seems to last about 5-7 years. It is a great option for nasolabial folds and cheekbones, and not ideal for the lip. Unfortunately there is no antidote like hyaluronidase to inject into it if you're not happy with it. It is also a great way to fill in acne scars that are depressed.
The availability of a safe, permanent, FDA-approved...
The availability of a safe, permanent, FDA-approved filler, namely Artefill, should be exciting to any patient who has been pleased with their results from temporary injectables. Although FDA-approved specifically for cosmetic correction of the nasolabial folds, I have also had excellent results using it off-label for treatment of the marionette lines (which extend downwards from the corners of the mouth).
Because it is permanent, most physicians remain cautious as far as injecting this product off-label in such areas as the tear trough hollows below the eyes or in the lips.
Artefill is a great injectable - safe, soft, smooth, and permanent. It does seem expensive when compared on a per syringe basis with temporary injectables like Restylane. As a long term investment, however, it is makes sense to pay less upfront for a permanent result than one would pay over time for multiple injection sessions resulting only in temporary results. Not to mention that fewer injection sessions also means less pain, bruising, swelling, and downtime.
I have found that although patients want long-term results, as in a year or two, they also fear the idea of permanence. Truthfully, they should be wary. Unsupervised nurse injectors and non-physician owned and managed 'medical spas' are common in Los Angeles. When considering treatment with a permanent injectable, patients would be wise to choose an experienced, board certified physician injector, preferably someone who they have come to know and trust from having undergone temporary injection treatments.
Off Label Uses for Artefill
- nasolabial folds (smile lines)
- under the eyes
- above the eyes
- jaw line
- marionette lines
- ear lobes
- acne scars
- liposuction defects
- back of the hands
- depreessed scars
I hope that helps.
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Aretfill is FDA approved for use in the nasolabial folds. This is where I most commonly use it. However, it can be used off label to fill in other areas like the marionette lines etc. The only area I would definitely not use it is the lips. Overall it's a great product and lasts significantly longer than most fillers.
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