Can ArteFill be used to build up the cheek area?
Nelson Novick (New York, NY) on Sep 1, 2011
ArteFill is one of the three permanent injectable fillers available worldwide. The other two are silicon and BioAquamid. Neither of the latter two are approved for use in the U.S. for treating wrinkles, although an ophthalmic version of silicon has been used in the U.S. for this purpose. The reason I would not use a permanent filler is precisely because the results are permanent. That means that in five years when facial remodeling of bone, cartilage and fat continues its relentless course with aging, what might have looked fine five years earlier may now no longer be so. And with permanent fillers, THERE IS NO WAY TO GET THEM OUT once they are injected. Surgical removal can leave scars. For this reason, for contouring and augmenting cheeks, I prefer the use of semipermanent injectables, such as Radiesse or Voluma (not yet available in the U.S.) that provide excellent results. And since they are gradually metabolized with time, they provide the security that new material can be injected to fit the changing needs of the face.
Robert Strimling (Las Vegas, NV) on Sep 1, 2011
Yes. However, Artefill is a permanent filler and thus, any undesired outcome/s may also be permanent or, at the very least, difficult to correct. Juvderm, Restylane or Perlane are non-permanent alternatives that dissolve over time or can be easily reversed or corrected if you are not happy. Sculptra and Radiesse are other non-permanent alternatives. The longevity of effects varies from one to four years for these non-permanent fillers.
John Obi (Jacksonville, FL) on Oct 23, 2011
Artefill(R) is one of the injectable fillers that can be used to restore volume in the cheek area. There are a number of fillers available for this and each has some specific advantages where they may be a better choice depending on the required correction.