Before You Go
Questions to ask your doctor: Am I qualified for ArteFill injections if I've previously used other permanent fillers like Silikon 1000?
Pre-procedure prep for ArteFill: Avoid aspirin and anti-inflammatory drugs that can increase bruising and bleeding post-injection. Make sure to budget time for the allergy test. It can take up to four weeks to get results back.
On the day of treatment: The treatment area will need to be wiped down with an antiseptic, so you might as well show up for your appointment with a clean face that's free of makeup, moisturizer, and the products you use every day.
What To Expect
ArteFill is introduced into the skin at room temperature. Because it is a permanent filler, there is no way to correct over-stuffing without surgery. It may be best then to inject conservatively during your first appointments. After all, you can always add more.
No more than 3.5 cc of ArteFill should be placed in any one area. Cumulatively, no more than 8.9 cc should be injected into the body. There may be bruising around the area where ArteFill has been injected. Swelling and reddening usually clear up within a day.
The syringes come pre-filled, so there is no need for the doctor to compound or mix ArteFill before injection.
Who should do it: ArteFill is only sold to doctors who have been trained in its use. Check with a cosmetic surgeon if you're interested.
Duration: ArteFill injections take about 30 minutes to one hour.
How Painful Is It?
Because ArteFill is a particularly thick filler, it requires a slightly larger needle and must be inserted with more force. This makes ArteFill a particularly painful injection.
Options for anesthesia: ArteFill contains 0.3% of the skin soother lidocaine mixed into the solution, but you can ask for a topical anesthetic or a nerve block for more painkilling power.