ArteFill is a permanent filler that combines bovine (cow) collagen and polymethylmethacrylate microspheres. (PMMA, as it's known, is an acrylic material that has been used in implants for a long time and is known to be easily tolerated by the body.)
The proportion is approximately 80 percent collagen to 20 percent PMMA, along with lidocaine, an anesthetic that makes the procedure more comfortable.
ArteFill is termed a permanent filler because while the collagen is reasborbed into the body over time, the PMMA microspheres remain in the body forever.
What It's Good For
ArteFill is best for filling deep static wrinkles. It should not be used in dynamic wrinkles - wrinkles that are created through muscle motion. Long story short, use ArteFill in nasolabial folds, not crow's feet.
Who it works for: ArteFill is best for individuals who have used dermal fillers previously and know they are satisfied with the results. If you're not sure whether ArteFill is right for you, or you're just plain fickle, try a less durable injectable first before committing to ArteFill.
Recommended age range: ArteFill should not be used by minors (people under 18 years old).
When will I see results?: Most surface level wrinkles should be smoothed immediately. Correction of deeper folds can take about one to three months, but the results will last for five years or more.
How long it lasts: Suneva, the makers of ArteFill, claim that the results last for 10 years. An FDA study confirms that results appear to last at least five years.
Key benefits of ArteFill: The PMMA ArteFill is not readily absorbed by the body. ArteFill is considered a permanent filler.
Licensed uses: ArteFill has been approved for nasolabial fold treatment since 2006. Other uses are off-label.
Did you know?: PMMA has a wide variety of industrial and medical uses. It's known as "acrylic glass" and can be found in shoes, guitars, dentures, acrylic paint, and more.