Cosmetic Surgery Today

Plastic Surgery News, Costs of Cosmetic Surgery and Elective Procedures Blog

Posts Tagged ‘Artefill’

Artefill Featured on ‘The Doctors’ TV Show

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 14, 2010

Artefill injectable fillers, one of the most sought-after procedures in the United States and among the highest-rated for patient satisfaction, was recently featured on the CBS medical talk show, “The Doctors”. The filler was part of a segment about “new body breakthroughs”, and showcased the injectable’s effectiveness for reducing the appearance of nasolabial folds – otherwise known as smile wrinkles.

Artefill is the first and only FDA-approved microsphere-enhanced dermal filler that can fill out nasolabial folds, and also promotes collagen production so that skin appears smoother, tighter and more toned. The filler was introduced in the United States in 2006 and has been administered to over 20,000 patients to date.

Since Artefill’s compounds are not readily absorbed by the body, the filler provides long-lasting, natural looking results and does not demand frequent touch up treatments.

Dr. Gilbert Lee, a board-certified plastic surgeon from San Diego, administered the Artefill injectable on a patient on the show. The patient was interested in freshening up her appearance before her wedding day, and the filler was injected directly into her smile lines. The audience and viewers could see immediate results.

Dr. Lee states, ‘I was an early adopter of Artefill and have been a big fan of the results that it delivers. It is a perfect solution for patients like Laura who want to enhance their appearance without looking like they’ve had work done. The results are immediate and last longer than any other dermal filler on the market today.

The procedure takes about fifteen minutes and already contains anesthetic, so there it is a virtually painless procedure. Some patients may experience slight redness and soreness in the treatment area, but this typically resolves itself within a few hours. Patients can resume regular activities, including eating and drinking, shortly after their procedure.



Posted in Artefill | Tagged: , , , | 4 Comments »

Artefill Study Shows Promising Results

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on May 12, 2010

Artefill continues to be among the most sought-after injectable fillers in the United States. It is designed to fill wrinkles and lines, including naso-labial folds, and was recently featured in the Dermatologic Surgery journal, the official Journal of the American Society of Dermatologic Surgery, as an effective treatment with a high level of patient satisfaction.

The report in Dermatologic Surgery features the results of an ongoing 5-year study of safety and patient satisfaction with Artefill. It highlights the filler’s safety profile, and the level of patient satisfaction with Artefill 18 months after receiving the injectable, and throughout the five year period.

Approximately 80 percent of patients in this study were either satisfied or very satisfied with their treatment throughout the follow up period, making Artefill among the leading fillers with a very high rating and positive patient profile.

The study included 1,008 patients who had no recent history of fillers, and the fillers only administered to the nasolabial folds. Each patient received between two and three injections of Artefill, over a 30-day and 60-day period until full correction was received. Each patient filled out a questionnaire detailing any adverse side effects and their level of satisfaction at every six months up to 60 months after their treatment.

According to the study’s results, only 6% of patients experienced any adverse side effects, and only one out of the 1,008 patients was affected by granuloma, a condition where a mass of immune cells forms in an area after tissue injury.  Even this condition resolved itself quickly with medical treatment.

Dr. Steven Cohen, a clinical professor at the University of California, San Diego, and co-author of the study states, “Our findings further substantiate the safety of this PMMA microsphere dermal filler and we hope will alleviate some of the misperceptions in the market about its long-term safety profile.”

Posted in Artefill | Tagged: , , | Leave a Comment »

Artefill May Be Effective Treatment Option for Facial Lipoatrophy

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on March 2, 2010

Artefill is among the leading dermal fillers on the market to treat lines and wrinkles, and is currently available at many medical spas, cosmetic surgery centers and plastic surgery centers around the country.

The injectable was recently part of two clinical studies to determine if it would be effective as a long-term treatment for facial lipoatrophy. Results of the study were presented at the Advances in Cosmetic and Medical Dermatology’s Maui Derm 2010” meeting in Hawaii in late January, and at the American Academy of Cosmetic Dermatology Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida later that month.

The soft tissue filler is currently used to treat nasolabial folds, reduce lines and wrinkles around the cheeks and forehead, and can be part of a “liquid facelift” procedure. The study evaluated the efficacy of Artefill for thecorrection of lipoatrophy in HIV patients. Patients received injections over a six-month period until full correction was achieved, and were monitored shortly after the injection was administered to determine if any muscle atrophy occurred.

According to Dr. Joseph Eviatar, FACS of Chelsea Eye and Cosmetic Surgery Associates who presented at the AACS Scientific Meeting, “Artefill proved to be effective in restoring volume to the face in these HIV lipoatrophy patients and we believe may offer a more long-term, cost effective treatment option for the patient population.”

In another session presented at the Maui Derm 2010 conference, doctors reported that Artefill was effective in treating all HIV lipoatrophy patients and improvement ranged between 50 to 100 percent. Non-HIV patients also experienced a significant improvement in the overall contours of the face.

Dr. Farhad Niroomand, Associate Clinical Professor of Dermatology who presented at the Maui conference, also stated that he believes Artefill is a viable treatment option for non-surgical anti-aging enhancement, and is a viable treatment option for patients with lipoatrophy. (Source:

Posted in Artefill | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

American Institute for Plastic Surgery Uses Artefill for Wrinkle Reduction

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on September 16, 2009

BBE038Artefill is among the leading injectable fillers used in the United States because it delivers instant, natural-looking results and can be used on almost all skin types.

The American Institute for Plastic Surgery, a well-known plastic surgery center in the Dallas metro area, is using Artefill for many of its patients that want to fight wrinkles. A recent article in Medical News Today reports that Artefill is only available at a select number of physicians’ offices, and that the American Institute of Plastic Surgery is using it this filler to help treat smile lines, deep wrinkles and other signs of aging.

Dr. Raphael of the American Institute for Plastic Surgery made this statement about using Artefill at his practice: “As surgeons, we are drawn to products that offer long-term solutions and Artefill fills this need for our patients that want a lasting solution for wrinkle correction. We find Artefill offers enormous value as it lasts longer than any other filler on the market today.”

Artefill is the first and only FDA-approved collagen filler made with microspheres, and works by not only augmenting the treated area, but also stimulating collagen production in the skin tissue so that wrinkles and fine lines become less noticeable over time. Unlike hyaluronic acid fillers on the market, Artefill lasts for more than a few months and takes only about fifteen minutes per injection. The microspheres are not absorbed by the body, so the skin remains supported for several weeks and months after the treatment.

Anyone interested in getting Artefill injections will need to undergo a skin allergy test to make sure they are not allergic to the collagen compounds in Artefill. Once approved, they can undergo as many treatments deemed necessary to achieve their youthful appearance. More information about Artefill can be found here.

Posted in Artefill | Tagged: , , , | Leave a Comment »

ArteFill Heads for Bankruptcy During Economic Downturn

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 5, 2008

Artes Medical, the maker of the permanent wrinkle filler ArteFill has formally announced that it is filing for bankruptcy.  The company is liquidating all of its assets and stopping distribution of ArteFill dermal fillers which means more doctors will need to turn to alternative injectables for various cosmetic procedures.

ArteFill was the first FDA-approved permanent filler to reach the consumer market in the last decade, and the silicone-based filler has been used to reduce wrinkles and help cosmetic surgeons achieve lasting results for facial rejuvenation treatments. The dermal filler became a popular addition to the ‘Liquid Facelift’ treatment that allows cosmetic surgeons to treat certain facial compartments with a variety of dermal fillers to achieve the best results.  ArteFill has been used to augment the cheeks, reduce wrinkles around the eyes and even enhance the results of a rhinoplasty.

Artes Medical filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy this month because of the drastic drop in consumer spending during the economic downturn, and, according to this proxy organizer’s response to Artes Medical, a poorly managed organization that did not yield expected results for its shareholders.

Shares closed at 7 cents on Monday, December 1 on Nasdaq, and the liquidation of assets will be used to pay off creditors; Chapter 7 bankruptcy mandates that stockholders will not be eligible to receive any monies from the distribution of its assets.

Before filing for bankruptcy, Artes Medical was also working with Anika Therapeutics to bring, Elevess, another dermal filler, to the U.S. market.  Elevess received FDA approval in July 2007, an injectable soft tissue filler designed to treat facial wrinkles and reduce the appearance of scars.  it is based on Anika’s chemically modified hyaluronic acid technology with lidocaine which helps improve patient comfort.  The formal market launch took place in summer 2008, but the contract with Artes Medical has now been terminated as a result of the bankruptcy.

Posted in Cosmetic Surgery News | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »

Experts Encourage Consumers to ‘Just Say No’ to Bargain BOTOX

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on December 3, 2008

warninglabelDuring a tough economy, finding discounts and snagging the latest bargain are a top priority on many consumers’ minds.  However, experts say to forgo that strategy when it comes to BOTOX and other cosmetic enhancements because many ‘sales’ on cosmetic injections and surgery treatments are either counterfeit, illegal, or performed by an inexperienced surgeon.

The Physicians Coalition for Injectable Safety has recently issued a warning about the latest Bargain BOTOX trends.  Since many surgeons and medical spas are offering discounted packages and specials to lure patients into their offices, it can be difficult to detect which treatments are safe enough to pursue – and which ones are just a scam.

The Coalition explains that:

“Bargain prices, deep discounts or purported sales on cosmetic injections are warning signs of potential counterfeit or illegally imported cosmetic injectables, or an injector who is inexperienced or does not specialize in the procedure.” (Source: Medical News Today)

Since branded cosmetic injectables are FDA approved and sold at set prices, it is almost impossible for most physicians and dermatologists to offer deep discounts on these products.  When medical spas and cosmetic surgery centers are offering huge sales on these items, there is a strong chance that they are not really selling the branded injectable, but a counterfeit equivalent instead.

The Coalition reports that the most common bargain injectable scams consist of:

– Counterfeit products that can lead to serious health problems and pose a high risk of adverse side effects

-Diluted products that do not deliver adequate results

– Illegal products, or spinoffs of brands that can result in injury and adverse side effects

Some of today’s most sought-after injectables include Botox Cosmetic, Cosmoderm, Evolence, Juvederm, Radiesse and Restylane.  Other top contenders in this market include Reloxin, Sculptra, Elevess and Artefill.

The average price range of each of these runs between $400 – $850+ per injection, so anything lower than that may be an indication of a counterfeit or illegal product.

Posted in Antiaging, BOTOX, Skin Rejuvenation | Tagged: , , , , , | 1 Comment »

Artefill May Outlast Other Leading Injectable Fillers

Posted by Cosmetic Surgery Review on August 18, 2008

If you’ve been thinking about injectable fillers to smooth out wrinkles and reduce the signs of aging,  there are now several ‘new generation’ dermal fillers to choose from.  Juvederm, Restylane and Botox continue to lead the way for ‘liquid facelift‘ procedures, but these injectables usually require frequent touch-ups.  Collagen fillers in particular are readily absorbed by the body, and most last between 3 – 6 months.  Artefill is one of the latest dermal fillers on the market, and offers the extra benefit of providing results that last much, much longer.

According to researchers at Artes Medical, the company that makes ArteFill, the injectable can last significantly longer than other injectables because it does not get absorbed by the body.  This means that any enhancements such as plumping up wrinkles around the mouth, filling out cheek compartments or simply reducing the appearance of frown lines for the long-term is possible with just a single treatment.

More anti aging specialists are offering ArteFill as an alternative dermal filler, and it can be combined with other skin rejuvenation procedures for an enhanced effect.

Posted in Antiaging, Artefill | Tagged: , , , , | Leave a Comment »