Can Artefill Improve over Time?

I saw my doctor today. I had an injection of Artefill in the Radix of the nose. It has been 4 months now. I wanted to get another injection to fill it a little bit more, like 2 mi limiters or 1, that's all it needs. She told me to wait another 4 months to make sure I wont be wasting money for nothing since I won't need a full syringe of Artefill, and to let the Artefill settle in a bit more. My question is can Artefill improve past the 4 months ?

Doctor Answers 4

Will Artefill Improve with Time?

This is a question we get fairly regularly from people who are at about 3 to 4 months after their Artefill injection. Artefill is initially compose of mostly collagen. In the first 3 to 4 months this material is absorbed by your body. The plastic beads or polymethylmethacrylate (PMMA) that makes up about 13% of each syringe is a bio stimulant that makes you create your own tissue to replace the collagen that you lose. In studies, there is a little dip in the results at around 3 to 4 months in term of the results or the volume. It comes back completely at about 6 months.

Therefore, it is wise to wait until you are at the 6 month point.

I hope that helps.

Best regards.

Kirkland Plastic Surgeon
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Beverly Hills Artefill Treatment - Permanent Filler


Thanks for the question.


I would tend to agree with my colleagues.  Artefill is categorized as a permanent filler, hence judicious use is recommended.  You will continue to see changes with the product over several months as mild-to-modest neocollagenesis or new collagen formation ensues due to the introduction of the PMMA microspheres ( the active ingredient in Artefill ).  In areas such as the radix of the nose where skin and soft-tissue coverage is thinner,  there is very little margin for error, hence it is a good idea to let the area settle and reach a stable state before introducing more Artefill.




Glenn Vallecillos, M.D., F.A.C.S. 


Glenn Vallecillos, MD, FACS
Beverly Hills Plastic Surgeon
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Artefill improving over time

Yes, it is best to give your ArteFill more time, unless it is certain you need more augmentation.  The results seem to improve over a year.

Marialyn Sardo, MD
La Jolla Plastic Surgeon
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Can Artefill Improve over time?

Artefill is a permanent filler.

It is important not to reinject too soon, especially in a small area such as the radix of your nose.

I would wait at least 6 months before reinjecting.

Eugene Mandrea, MD
Chicago Dermatologist
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