ArteFill-Long-lasting biological filler


With the improvement of health care and human welfare, the life expectancy continues to extend. Nowadays many individuals over their sixties and seventies are still very active and full of energy. Due to the improving quality of life, pursuit for a better and youthful appearance has been increasingly popular in our society. When we see that the movie stars in their sixties or seventies years old have beautiful and youthful faces that look like those in twenties or thirties, we cannot help but exclaim, "Can human growth really be reverse?"The answer is “no”.In fact, the rapid development of bio-technology in esthetic medicine, especially “Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedure (MICP)” makes the dreams of looking younger a reality for ordinary people.
What is “Minimally Invasive Cosmetic Procedure (MICP)”? The use of sophisticated medical technology to create the youth and beauty you desire in a short period of time without significant surgery. MICP has been gradually replacing the traditional plastic surgery.

MICP is safe, requires a short recovery time, and leaves no open wound. Under most circumstances, if you receive the treatments in the weekend, by Monday you will be able to take a beautiful young face to greet a new beginning. MICP include many categories, such as Fillers, Botox, Intense Pulse Light (IPL), Radiofrenquency, Mesotherapy, etc. Even without surgery, the cosmetic results are sometimes comparable to those by plastic surgery.

Because of easy manipulation, most procedures are usually completed within 30 minutes to one hour. Therefore, MICP is also known as the lunch time procedure and becomes a fashion that the city's white-collar workers love and pursue. Especially the concept of "liquid face lift", by injecting biological fillers to recover the collagen and fat loss due to the aging process, aims at restoring the original image of younger appearance of face. This concept has gradually replaced traditional invasive Face Lift Surgery.

There are a variety of conventional biological filler: collagen products such as: Zyderm, Zyplast, Cosmoderm, Cosmoplast etc, hyaluronic acid products such as Restylane, Perlane, Juvederm etc. Radiesse, Sculptra and so on. These products will gradually be absorbed or broken down by metabolic processes in the body. The filling effects are temporary, usually lasting from a few months to a couple of years. The temporary effects and repeated injections create difficulties to those who are facing economic hardship and those who have a fear of frequent needles. In comparison, the long-lasting biological filler ArteFill provides a new option for those who love the long-lasting beauty.

What is ArteFill? It is a rejuvenating medical grade injectable material for correction of wrinkles and soft tissue defects. ArteFill is the only “long lasting” injectable filler approved by the U.S. FDA. ArteFill’s key ingredient is polymethyl methacrylate (PMMA) microspheres and highly purified calf collagen protein.Once injected, it will be permanently retained in the body and acts as the supporting nets to attract your fibroblast to generate new collagens within the PMMA microspheres. PMMA is chemically stable and has been used in the medical fields and prosthetic products for over sixty years, such as artificial intraocular lenses and artificial joints. Its safety and reliability have been ubiquitously validated. Artecoll, an ArteFill’s precursor, was actually invented in Germany in 1985 and has been used for esthetic purpose in Europe for nearly 30 years. ArteFill is the US brand name and FDA approval only allows its use in US territory.

U.S. Biotech Company Artes, and their restructuring new company Suneva, have made technological improvements for Artecoll, which greatly improved the quality of the product. In October of 2006, the U.S. FDA approved ArteFill as a long-term biological filler in the esthetic market.Clinical trials demonstrated ArteFill is able to provide a long term filling which lasts 5 years or more. So far, the United States has more than two hundred thousand people who received the ArteFill injection. It shows great results and low side effects, other similar brands are in no comparison. The previous circulated rumor of ArteFill quality problems and the company bankruptcy has been clarified. For this incident the officials of the company Suneva came out with a promising statement - ArteFill will not disappear in the market, it will continue to create its wonders.

ArteFill has the following advantages: (1). Soft and delicate texture, naturally appearing effects are compatible with any types of existing fillers; (2). Long lasting and cost-effective:an U.S. double-blind randomized clinical trial shows that the effect of ArteFill can last up to five years. Many European literatures reported that similar products like Artecoll could last for two decades. For those who love beauty, but are tired of needle injections year after year, or cannot financially afford the repeated filler injections, she or he can consider choosing ArteFill. The cost of two syringes of hyaluronic acid fillers already amount to one syringe of ArteFill, but their filling effects last much shorter than that of ArteFill. (3). Certified Professional injection. Since ArteFill entered the market, the manufacturer Suneva has been adhering to the authority of experts without middlemen or agents. The manufacturers operate and provide services directly to selected physicians with experience and reputation.This ensures the quality of ArteFill injection and greatly reduces the occurrence of side effects of procedure.

What are the side effects of ArteFill? Like other biological fillers, the most common side effects include mild redness and slight swelling at the injection site, which usually disappears within twenty four hours. Occasional bruising which may last three to five days. Redness and persistent itching at the injection site may accrue as result to an allergic reaction. Patients with a history of allergies and sensitive skin are required to have a skin allergy test before the procedure.Serious side effects such as lumps and granulomas are extremely rare. If they do occur, the intralesional steroid injection into the affected area or surgical removal of the lesion will be needed. Therefore, choosing an experienced licensed specialist, especially an ArteFill authorized and certified physician is very important.

What is the cost of ArteFill?Market survey from 2010-2013, the average cost of ArteFill is $1200, ranging from $1000-$1500 per syringe of 0.8 mL in most major cities in US.The final and actual cost depends on the volume loss of a patient and the number of syringes needed to achieve the best cosmetic results. Make sure to consult an ArteFill authorized and certified physician before the procedure.

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Long Island Dermatologist