Can Artefill harden over time?

I've had Artefill used for my cheeks years ago and then recently Sculptra on top of it. It felt fine after the injection and a month later now the areas of injection, cheek bones has become hard, or hardened, and my face looks swollen. I did have a sinus infection and recently moved to a new state so not sure if any of those factors would come into play. Help please!

Doctor Answers 2

Swelling and firmness after Sculptra

Since the Sculptra is the new factor, this is most likely the problem. I would discuss with your doctor. This can represent an infection from your sinuses. It's possible you need antibiotics or injections to soften this.

Panama City Facial Plastic Surgeon
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The Softening Solution--Lasers, Venus Legacy

A combination approach can improve this. I suggest 5fu injections and starting fraxel/venus legacy treatments to soften the area. See an expert for a formal evaluation. Best, Dr. Emer

Jason Emer, MD
Los Angeles Dermatologic Surgeon
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